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The rain held off Thursday and several hundred football fans turned out for Newton-Conoverâs second annual âRed and Whiteâ intrasquad scrimmage.
The Newton-Conover varsity and junior varsity programs both played in two 10-minute quarters.
Points were given on offense for touchdowns (six), first downs (one) and plays of 30-plus yards (two).
Defensive points were awarded for touchdowns (nine), turnovers (three) and three-and-outs (two).
At the final buzzer, the Red squad defeated the White squad, 59-36.
The game went beyond the field itself, though, and involved different aspects of the community.
Members of the Newton-Conover Middle School football team patrolled the sidelines during the contest.
Catawba Co. Sherriff Coy Reid and Steve Hunt, executive director of Catawba Valley Community Collegeâs Multicultural Affairs, served as honorary coaches at the scrimmage on opposing sides.
Two students from Conover School â Nicholas Snyder and Jimmy Ross â both got to live out the dream of being honorary Red Devils for the game.
Both young men scored a touchdown during the game.
âWe want to make this into a community event,â said Newton-Conover head coach Brint Russell. âThe âRed and Whiteâ game officially kicks off football season for us. As it grows and goes year in and year out, it is going to get bigger and bigger. There were 200 people out this year. We started selling food in the concession stands. We didnât have those last year. Hopefully, next year we can hire some referees and start making it bigger hopefully to where the whole community is celebrating the start of the football season.â
Newton-Conover will hold one final football practice today before it starts preseason play on Saturday.
âFriday is going to be really light,â Russell said of his teamâs final practice of the week. âWe want the practice to be relatively short. We arenât going to be in full gear. Itâs going to be light contact and more checks. Itâs what you would anticipate in a Thursday walkthrough for a Friday game. We just went at it pretty hard out there. The kids are going to be a little tired tomorrow. We want to make sure we run some of the soreness out. We want to make sure we are assignment ready.â
The Red Devils travel to Boiling Springs, S.C. on Saturday to take part in the FCA State Line Showdown.
The event features three teams from North Carolina and three from South Carolina scrimmaging against one another.
Newton-Conover takes on Chesnee (S.C.) at 8 p.m.
âThey run a no-huddle offense, kind of like East Lincoln,â Russell said of Chesnee. âThey are going to spread it out and throw it around. We are going to get a workout in. Defensively, they are a 3-4 team. Itâs nothing we havenât seen. Most of the teams we play run a 3-4 against us or some version of a 50 (defense). Thatâs nothing that is going to be new to us. The kids are really excited.âView more articles in: