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NWC 3A/4A ROUND-UP: FG lifts Pioneers past Tigers

September 15, 2012

(Photo by Gene Leatherman/

A 39-yard field goal by Alex Parsons as time expired gave Watauga a stunning 28-27 victory against Fred T. Foard during the Tigers' Homecoming game on Friday.

Training 18-0 early in the contest, the Tigers (2-3, 0-1) rallied behind Sam Benfield and Jacob Schmidt in the second half to nearly pull the comeback win.

Benfield scored on runs of 55 and 37 yards, while Schmidt ran for a 37-yard score and threw for a 41-yard touchdown to Brenden Purkey.

Benfield finished the game with 18 carries for 192 rushing yards, part of a 330-yard rushing performance by the Tigers.

Foard also totaled 412 total yards of offense in the contest.

Schmidt's touchdown run late poised the Tigers to start 1-0 in conference play for the first time since 2008.

However, Parsons' kick split the uprights as the buzzer sounded, helping the Pioneers improve to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in league play.

W-S Reagan 16, Hickory 6

The Raiders avenged a road loss to the Red Tornadoes last season with a 10-point victory Friday in Pfafftown.

Reagan (4-1) pulled ahead 13-0 at halftime with a 35-yard touchdown pass from Ja'Shawn Joyner to Sam Martin, as well as a Josh Brice 17-yard touchdown run.

After neither team scored in the third quarter, Hickory got on the scoreboard with a five-yard run by quarterback Matt Williams, but the Raiders added a late field goal by Andy Neely and held on for the win.

Hickory (3-2) starts Northwestern 3A/4A play next Friday against Watauga (4-1, 1-0).

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