NWC 3A/4A ROUND UP: Cougars top Tigers

TAYLORSVILLE — Alexander Central racked up 438 yards of total offense on its way to a two-touchdown Northwestern 3A/4A victory against Fred T. Foard on Friday, 28-14.

Of those 438 yards by the Cougars (3-3, 2-0), 204 came from running back Casey Anderson on 17 carries.

Anderson also had a 49-yard rushing touchdown in the contest.

Foard fullback Sam Benfield had a standout night as well, rushing for 123 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown.

Benfield's 46-yard touchdown run was one of two Tiger scores on the night.

The Tigers also added a 21-yard TD pass from quarterback Jackson Bass to wide receiver Brendon Purkey.

The Cougars, who led 14-6 at halftime, scored once in each of the four quarters to come away with the victory.

Foard, which falls to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in conference play, hosts undefeated South Caldwell (6-0, 2-0) next Friday.

Hickory 22, Watauga 6

BOONE — Pulling out to a 13-0 lead at halftime, the Red Tornadoes cruised to a 16-point victory against the Pioneers on Friday in Boone.

Watauga (4-2, 1-1) was held to 14 yards of total offense on 17 plays in the first half.

While the Pioneers struggled, the Red Tornadoes (4-2, 1-0) continued to churn on offense with a pair of five-yard touchdown runs by quarterback Matt Williams, giving Hickory a two-touchdown advantage at the break.

Hickory's defense got in on the scoring action in the second half, forcing Watauga's offense to snap a football out of the back of the end zone for a safety.

The Pioneers' lone score of the contest came on a 57-yard run by running back T.J. Poulos.

Williams added his third touchdown run of the game from three yards to close out the game's scoring in the fourth quarter.

Hickory's next contest will be an interesting one when Red Tornadoes' coach Tom Harper plays against his old team, Alexander Central (3-3, 2-0), next Friday in Hickory.

South Caldwell 42, Saint Stephens 0
HUDSON — Zac Pollard rushed for 200 yards and scored three touchdowns, giving the Spartans a home shut out against the visiting Indians on Friday night.

The Indians fall to 0-6 overall and 0-2 in conference play, as they still searching for their first victory under first-year head coach Chris Bunting.

Leading 21-0 late in the third quarter, Pollard went 76 yards for his final scoring run to give the Spartans a 28-point lead.

South Caldwell added 14 more points late in the game to seal its victory, improving to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in Northwestern 3A/4A play.

St. Stephens hosts Hibriten (3-3, 1-0) next Friday.