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Titans of the CVAC Clash

October 28, 2010

It’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.

“The game should be a good one,” Vikings head coach Scott Miller said. “We’re happy to be battling Newton-Conover for the championship, because they are a good, well-coached football team.”

L-R's Corpe Wins 2 Awards

October 28, 2010

Lenoir-Rhyne kicker Colin Corpe is having a special week. Corpe garnered two awards for his performance Saturday in the Bears’ home win, their first since 2006, over Tusculum.

Corpe won the South Atlantic Conference’s Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday, and on Wednesday he won the D2Football.com’s weekly special teams player award.

Corpe made four field goals Saturday, including a career-long, 47-yard kick, and two extra points scoring 14 points in Lenoir-Rhyne’s 34-31 win.

Hornets Sting Blue Devils for Second-Straight Year

October 27, 2010

The Maiden Blue Devils had a tall and tough task Tuesday facing talented Salisbury. They came up short.

“I feel like we were just beaten by a better team,” Maiden coach Jon Huffman said. “Our kids played well, and I am proud of the effort they showed out there, but Salisbury is just very, very good. Our kids knew that coming in.”

Maiden, Salisbury Locked In For Rematch

October 25, 2010

The Maiden Blue Devils and Salisbury Hornets are back at it this year. The Blue Devils and Hornets meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Maiden in a rematch of the 2009 West region final in the 2-A tennis tournament.

Salisbury won the match 5-1 and went on to win the state 2-A dual-team title — its third in the past five years. The Hornets won team championships in 2006, 2008 and 2009 during a string of five-straight trips to the title match.

Young Guns Lead Carolina to Win

October 24, 2010

The return of Matt Moore to Carolina’s starting lineup Sunday did two things. It revived the Panthers’ sluggish offense, and it led the Panthers to their first win of 2010 in the first start of the third Matt Moore era in Carolina.

“It’s huge,” he said. “0-5 is not fun. Guys loved it, and we just need to continue this.”

Hickory Scalps Indians

October 23, 2010

With a 14-14 tie at halftime and a first half when Hickory was its “own worst enemy,” the Red Tornadoes needed a special second half to keep playoff hopes alive.

According Hickory quarterback Kyle Johnson, it was “gut check time.”

“At halftime, we knew it was a close game, so we had to come out here and finish,” Johnson said. “It was something we hadn’t done all year, and we finally did it.”

Hickory scored three second-half touchdowns, including 14 unanswered points in a 77-second span in the fourth quarter to seal a 35-21 win over rival St. Stephens.

Bunker Snaps Skid

October 23, 2010

Reggie Davis knows the stars should shine the brightest on homecoming.
The junior running back provided the excitement in Bunker Hill’s 39-14 win over West Caldwell, finishing with 267 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Bears.

“If he’s fired up, we’re fired up,” said Bears quarterback Joe Litton. “Just give him the ball a few times, talk to him a little bit and get him going.”

N-C Starts Slow In Big Win

October 23, 2010

Newton-Conover characteristically got off to a slow start Friday against Draughn.

The Red Devils were called for two penalties on offense on the first series, including a touchdown run by Jervasse Herrin negated by a holding penalty.

They traded touchdowns with the Wildcats, and late in the first half Octavius Harden returned a kickoff 96 yards to break a 14-14 tie.

Sky-High Confidence at N-C

October 22, 2010

Going into this year’s volleyball playoffs, the Newton-Conover Red Devils knew what they could achieve. It started Thursday night with a 3-0 (25-5, 25-16, 25-14) win at home over Wilkes Central in the first round of the 2-A West playoffs.

The level of confidence, however, is higher in 2010 than it was in 2009.
“Last year, we made it to the fourth round, but we had no idea we were going to go that far,” junior Corbin Evans said. “I think we should have gotten past that round, but we just weren’t a team. This year, we are a team, and I think we’ll go very far.”

Hickory Wins Shootout With Saint

October 21, 2010

The Hickory Red Tornadoes were motivated going into Wednesday’s rivalry match against St. Stephens. The Red Tornadoes suffered their first loss of the year Tuesday to Asheville Roberson on a last-minute goal, and they lost last season at Hickory to their crosstown rivals.

“We wanted to knock Saint out of the playoffs,” Hickory senior Michael Delong said. “We knew they were going to come ready, and they brought it. We just brought it more.”

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