Maiden, Bears Win
The Maiden Blue Devils played their second straight game at home to start the season, and they walked away with their second straight blowout win.
The Blue Devils defeated the Fred T. Foard Tigers 58-14 at Maiden on Friday.
Matt Johnson was intercepted on his first pass attempt of the game, and Foard’s Skyler Hollar returned the interception 45 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 Tigers lead.
Maiden’s Will Jenkins returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a game-tying touchdown, and the rout was on from there. Maiden scored 58 unanswered points until Foard’s Zach Arel scored a late touchdown on a 54-yard run.
Johnson and Hassan Hopper hooked up on consecutive touchdown passes from 34 and 32 yards out, respectively, for a 21-7 lead for the Blue Devils. Johnson then connected with Richard Kerekes for a 35-yard touchdown pass and Alex Lomax for a 31-yard touchdown pass.
Maiden, already ahead 35-7, then blocked a punt in the end zone for a safety and a 30-point lead.
Nate Johnson scored the Blue Devils’ next two touchdowns on 40-yard and 61-yard runs, respectively. Nate Johnson’s scores out the Blue Devils up 51-7, and Andrew Wilson capped the Blue Devils’ scoring with a 57-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Maiden plays Lincolnton next week at Lincolnton.
— O-N-E correspondent Danny Hipps contributed to this report.
BUNKER HILL 14, NORTH LINCOLN 7
The Bunker Hill Bears ran their way to a win in the second half.
Bears quarterback Joe Litton scored the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard run, and Bunker Hill held on for a 14-7 victory at home over the North Lincoln Knights.
“A win is a win is a win is a win,” Bunker Hill head coach Travis Conner said. “It was ugly, but it was a win. We looked good at times, and we looked bad at times, but our defense played lights out the entire game.”
Bunker Hill’s running attack dominated the offense. The Bears’ offense racked up 299 yards, and all of those were on the ground.
“We ran the ball well, got the lead in the second half, and all I really cared about was running out the clock and trying to get out of here with a win,” Conner said. “It made for a ugly game.”
Running back Davontaye Wilson led the Bears with 121 yards on 21 carries, and junior Reggie Davis had 84 yards rushing on 14 carries and a touchdown. Davis capped a 12-play, 77-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run in the first half. Wilson’s 25-yard run setup the go-ahead touchdown.
Davis made key plays on the game-winning drive. He had a 49-yard run and a 14-yard run to set-up Litton’s touchdown with 2 :35 left in the game.
Bunker Hill’s defense played well in the first half Friday as it limited the Knights to only 5 yards rushing. Its only mistake was a 37-yard Knights touchdown pass tying the game at 7. The Bears were forced to punt later in the drive.
The Bears improved to 2-0 for the second straight season, and they play St. Stephens next week.