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November 6th, 2010
Newton-Conover rebounded from last weekâ€™s loss to South Iredell to end the regular season with a win. The Red Devils earned a 35-25 road victory Friday over West Caldwell and finished second in the Catawba Valley 2-A.
The Red Devils went 10-1 in the regular season â€”Â 6-1 in conference play, and they find out Saturday if they are in the 2-A or 2-AA playoffs as well as who they play in the first round.
For the second straight week, Nate Johnson solidified his spot as the Blue Devilsâ€™ starting running back.
Johnson led Maiden in rushing for the second-straight game and made the game-changing play in the second half at home against Draughn.
One play after Draughn cut Maidenâ€™s lead to 21-14, Johnson ran left on a sweep. He ran out of room, escaped tackles, reversed field and ran 73 yards up the right side for his third touchdown of the game.
The Blue Devils led 27-14 after the play and won their final game of the regular season 33-14 over the Wildcats.
The Catawba Valley Buccaneers went swashbuckling through another regular season. Head coach Shannon Hudson and the Buccaneers started the season with a 3-0 loss at the beginning of the season to Cape Fear Community College, but they rallied and won 10 of their next 11 matches en route to a 19-5 overall record.
CVCC ended the season 12-2 in conference play and earned the top seed from the West at this weekend’s Carolinas-Virginia Conference volleyball tournament at Rockingham Community College in Wentworth.
Alfredo Dominguez has only one more race to run this season — the state meet. And the junior cross country runner from Newton-Conover wants to finish well despite some pre-race jitters.
“I’m just nervous about it, but I’m actually ready for it,” Dominguez said. “This means a lot. I can’t go in there and mess around. I’m going to try my best, and hopefully everything will pay off.”
Three womenâ€™s basketball teams representing the Greater Hickory Metro competed in the state Senior Games during the weekend. They played a combined 11 games Friday and Saturday at East Carolina Universityâ€™s student activity center, and they combined for zero wins.
The team wants that to change next year.
â€śWeâ€™re hoping some time in the future, whether it is next year or the next year, ultimately we want to win a game,â€ť said Jesse McCarther, head coach of the three teams from the Unifour Red Foxes.
Newton-Conover started the season with a loss to third-ranked Shelby. That loss turned into seven straight losses and eventually into losing its first 11 of 14. But that losing turned into winning late in the 2010 season and eventually led to a playoff berth in the 2-A West.
The Red Devils finished fifth in the Catawba Valley 2-A Athletic Conference with a 7-6-1 conference record, and they captured the conferenceâ€™s last playoff spot.
Nate Johnson made a transition from the beginning of the season to now. Johnson, a senior running back at Maiden, was used primarily for his speed at the beginning of the season compared to quarterback Matt Johnsonâ€™s power.
That role changed as the season went on, and it showed Friday night at Maiden against the Bunker Hill Bears.
â€śAt first, I was just a speed back when they needed to use me in the backfield,â€ť Nate Johnson said. â€śOver the weeks and weeks, Iâ€™ve been more of the power back running the football more as we are getting ready for the playoffs.â€ť
Bandys put all the pieces of the puzzle together Friday in a 39-19 win over East Burke. The Trojans amassed 460 yards of total offense â€” 229 rushing and 231 passing yards, in the win.
â€śWe played a few good games against some good teams this season,â€ť Bandys head coach Randy Lowman said. â€śIâ€™m just happy we put it all together to get a win.â€ť
Trojan quarterback David Barrow worked mostly in the shotgun formation and capitalized on spreading out the Cavalier defense.
South Iredell turned five Newton-Conover turnovers into 20 points and a Catawba Valley Athletic Conference championship as the Vikings conquered the Red Devils 32-28.
â€śFive turnovers. Thatâ€™s about all I can tell you,â€ť said Newton-Conover coach Nick Bazzle. â€śYou canâ€™t turn the ball over like that. It was too sloppy a game. I knew coming in that we just canâ€™t make mistakes, and we did, and it cost us.â€ť
It cost Newton-Conover a perfect season and possibly cut into the Red Devilsâ€™ chances for home-field advantage when the playoffs start after next week.
Itâ€™s time for the main event. After weeks of anticipation, the biggest game in the Catawba Valley 2-A this season will kickoff Friday when Newton-Conover travels to South Iredell. Both teams enter the game 9-0 overall and 5-0 in conference play. The winner will most likely be the 2010 CVAC champion.
â€śThe game should be a good one,â€ť Vikings head coach Scott Miller said. â€śWeâ€™re happy to be battling Newton-Conover for the championship, because they are a good, well-coached football team.â€ť