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Red Devils Ride Momentum Into Playoffs

November 2, 2010

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 conference’s last playoff spot.

Johnson & Johnson Run Wild at Maiden

October 30, 2010

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 Johnson’s power.

That role changed as the season went on, and it showed Friday night at Maiden against the Bunker Hill Bears.

“At first, I was just a speed back when they needed to use me in the backfield,” Nate Johnson said. “Over the weeks and weeks, I’ve been more of the power back running the football more as we are getting ready for the playoffs.”

Trojans Cut Down Cavs

October 30, 2010

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 — 229 rushing and 231 passing yards, in the win.

“We played a few good games against some good teams this season,” Bandys head coach Randy Lowman said. “I’m just happy we put it all together to get a win.”

Trojan quarterback David Barrow worked mostly in the shotgun formation and capitalized on spreading out the Cavalier defense.

N-C Falls in Battle of Unbeatens

October 30, 2010

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.

“Five turnovers. That’s about all I can tell you,” said Newton-Conover coach Nick Bazzle. “You can’t turn the ball over like that. It was too sloppy a game. I knew coming in that we just can’t make mistakes, and we did, and it cost us.”

It cost Newton-Conover a perfect season and possibly cut into the Red Devils’ chances for home-field advantage when the playoffs start after next week.

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.

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