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Newton-Conover rebounded from last weekâ€™s loss to South Iredell to end the regular season with a win. The Red Devils earned a 35-25 road victory Friday over West Caldwell and finished second in the Catawba Valley 2-A.
The Red Devils went 10-1 in the regular season â€”Â 6-1 in conference play, and they find out Saturday if they are in the 2-A or 2-AA playoffs as well as who they play in the first round.
â€śRight now, we are not playing well, and that is not good going into Round 1,â€ť head coach Nick Bazzle said. â€śIf we play like that anymore, we will be finished. Hopefully, the kids will learn from it, but itâ€™s tough because we have not played a four-quarter game all year.â€ť
Newton-Conover grabbed a 14-0 lead Friday on touchdown runs by Adonis Hewitt and Octavius Harden. Hewitt struck first with a 14-yard run for a 7-0 lead, and Harden made it 14-0 on a 9-yard run.
West Caldwell, however, scored on back-to-back possessions to cut their deficit to two points. The Warriors made it 14-6 on a touchdown pass by Logan Carlton, and they recovered the ensuing kickoff.
â€śHe kicks the ball, and we stood around and watched it,â€ť Bazzle said. â€śThat is not something you coach. You just wonder why.â€ť
Ryan Corpening scored six plays later to make it 14-12.
Hewitt completed his only pass attempt of the game for a 76-yard touchdown pass to Harden and a 21-12 halftime lead. The pair scored a pair of rushing touchdowns in the second half for a 35-19 lead.View more articles in: