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November 13, 2010

The first round of the state 2-AA West playoffs did not go as planned for Bunker Hill. The Bears rolled into Shelby on Friday night a lot of momentum, but they sputtered offensively losing 38-6.

Bunker Hill was limited to 200 yards of total offense and was pinned on its half of field most of the night.

“They came in and played very hard, very physical,” said Shelby head coach Chris Norman. “They gave us a challenge. That three-headed monster gave us a scare all week, but our defensive unit played well, and we won the line-of-scrimmage battle against them.”

Warhorses Trample Red Devils

November 13, 2010

The Owen Warhorses rode their workhorse to a first-round win over the Newton-Conover Red Devils, and he is a big one.

Running back Austin Davis, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior, had a game-high 197 yards rushing and three offensive touchdowns for Owen in a 28-25 win at Gurley Stadium.

Davis scored 26 points Friday — four touchdowns and a 2-point conversion — and called his performance a “career night.” Owen coach Ken Ford said Davis has made “big plays” the entire season.

N-C Trying To Limit Mistakes

November 12, 2010

Home-field advantage is a luxury, and there is no place like home for Newton-Conover. Heading into this week’s playoff game, the Red Devils have won six straight home playoff games and their last 24 games at Gurley Stadium.

“Home-field advantage helps you out — even in the regular season,” Red Devils head coach Nick Bazzle said. “Hopefully, we can get some of the fans in the area who don’t want drive a long way to come to our game, sit on our side and help us out even more.”

Foard Falls in Round 3, Hickory Advances

November 11, 2010

The Fred T. Foard Tigers' 2010 season ended Wednesday in the third round of the 3-A West playoffs. Gastonia Ashbrook tied Foard 1-1 in overtime, but it beat the Tigers 4-3 in penalty kicks to advance to the region semifinal.

Ashbrook plays at 7 p.m. Saturday at Hickory. The Red Tornadoes beat Asheville 1-0 on Wednesday to advance.

Foard ends the season 14-7-5 overall.

N-C Accepting Applications for Hall of Fame

November 10, 2010

Newton-Conover inducted three members into its athletic Hall of Fame less than a year ago, and now the school wants more. The high school is now accepting nominations for the Newton-Conover Hall of Fame’s 2011 class.

“We do this once a year, and we got it to where people can start nominating who they want,” said Shawn Sigmon, chairwoman of the Newton-Conover Hall of Fame. “The basic concept is recognizing those people who gave back to Newton-Conover through the athletic program. We’re hoping older people remember people in the ‘50s and ‘60s and will send in a form.”

Devil of a Backfield Duo

November 9, 2010

Maiden ended the past two seasons with six wins and six losses. That changed this season along with the roles of running back Nate Johnson and quarterback Matt Johnson.

The Blue Devils, seeded sixth in the 2-A West, are 8-3 and play Friday at No. 3 Polk County (10-1). Their three losses this season came against Newton-Conover and South Iredell — the top two teams in the Catawba Valley 2-A Athletic Conference — and Lincolnton. The Wolves are the top seed in the 2-A West after finishing the season 11-0.

Panthers 'pathetic' in loss

November 8, 2010

Seeing their starting quarterback and running back leave Sunday's game with injuries, the Carolina Panthers put up a pitiful performance that included one field goal and just 68 yards of passing offense.
All total, the Panthers managed just 195 total net yards, mostly on the ground, as the Saints posted a 34-3 victory at Bank of America Stadium.
"Pretty pathetic," said receiver Steve Smith, held without a catch until the final minute. "That would be the only thing I have to say. There are no explanations, no excuses."

Bears Beat Down Trojans

November 6, 2010

Bunker Hill used a three-headed rushing attack to amass almost 600 years on the ground as the Bears defeated Bandys 49-20.

The victory marks the first for Bunker Hill over Bandys in nine straight games, and it solidifies the Bears’ chances of a playoff berth when pairings are announced Saturday.

Red Devils Get Win Over West Caldwell

November 6, 2010

Newton-Conover rebounded from last week’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 — 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.

Blue Devils Whip Wildcats

November 6, 2010

For the second straight week, Nate Johnson solidified his spot as the Blue Devils’ 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 Maiden’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.

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