Newton-Conover rebounded from last week’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 — 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.
“Right now, we are not playing well, and that is not good going into Round 1,” head coach Nick Bazzle said. “If we play like that anymore, we will be finished. Hopefully, the kids will learn from it, but it’s tough because we have not played a four-quarter game all year.”
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.
“He kicks the ball, and we stood around and watched it,” Bazzle said. “That is not something you coach. You just wonder why.”
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.