After an opening score by the Catawba County Hornets, it all went downhill from there.
The visiting High Point Ravens scored 20 unanswered points and yielded no points in the second half on their way to a victory over the Hornets.
Catawba County (3-2) took the opening drive of the game 48 yards, leading to a score. Former Maiden product Tommy Henry scored on a six-yard run to make it a 6-0 game after a missed two-point conversion.
Before the end of the first quarter, the Ravens tied up the game on a 30-yard pass from Mike Johnston to Eric Gibbs.
High Point (7-1) took its first lead of the game in the second quarter, when Lee Garvin scored on a 10-yard run. The Ravens took a 12-6 lead into the lockerroom at halftime.
Both team’s defenses turned up their intensity in the third quarter. The two teams traded offensive possessions and were unable to score.
The Ravens broke free from the scoring slump in the fourth quarter, when Joe Smith scored on a three-yard run to make it a 20-6 game.
Sensing the pressure and feeling the game fall out of their grasp, the Hornets drove deep into High Point territory three times, including to the eight-yard, 10-yard and 12-yard lines.
Despite the impressive effort, all three scoring opportunities came up empty. The Hornets suffered their second defeat of the season.
Catawba County returns to Central Carolinas Football League play Saturday when they travel to Thomasville to take on the Titans.
The team’s next home game at Westside/Jaycee Park will be on Sept. 10 against the Rowan Rampage.