PHS Football Teams Win
Thursday was a very good day for the Pinecrest football program.
In an afternoon contest held at Memorial Park in Southern Pines, the Patriot freshmen team opened the season by defeating Scotland County 14-12 in overtime. Later at the John Williams Athletic Complex, the Patriot jayvee squad improved to 3-0 with a 38-12 win over Southern Lee.
With the Freshmen Gold team's game at Hoke County cancelled, the Green and Gold squads combined against Scotland. The Patriots trailed 6-0 at the half, but an end zone interception by the Pats' Steven Kennedy may have saved six more points.
The Patriots caught up in the second half when Trevon Perkins turned a post pass from quarterback Travis Scales into a 50-yard scoring play. Tied at 6-6, the Patriots got the ball first in overtime and scored on a short run by Scales. Scales then passed to Kirk Wohlrab for the two point conversion.
Scotland also scored on its overtime possession, but the Patriot defense stopped the two-point conversion attempt, sewing up the victory.
Quarterback Kyle Ocheltree scored on a couple of short runs, and Raphael Alston returned a punt 55-yards for a touchdown as the Patriot jayvee team took a 22-0 halftime lead against Southern Lee.
The home team added to its advantage early in the third period on a 25-yard pass touchdown pass from quarterback Alex Patti to wide receiver Harrison Deen. Damian Pride went 15 yards for the final Pinecrest touchdown, and the Cavs scored again in the closing minute.
NM Soccer Earns Second Win
The North Moore boys' soccer team could be hitting its stride at just the right time.
The Mustangs (2-4, 2-0) earned its second victory of the season Wednesday night with a 3-0 decision over Chatham Central.
Playing in a light rain, the Mustangs struck first at the 34:22 mark of the first half when Angel Luna found the back of the net from six yards out.
Ramiro Gonzalez scored minutes later to give the Mustangs a 2-0 lead.
In the second half, with North Moore continuing to dominate possession of the ball, and the fullback line of Junior Lopez, Daniel Avila, Juan Carlos Garcia, and Humberto Hernandez thwarting any attacks from Chatham Central.
Luna capped the scoring with his second goal of the game with 13:21 remaining.
Evarardo Velasquez assisted on Luna's second tally.
the Mustangs scored their final goal of the game with 13:21 on the clock. Evarardo Velasquez found teammate Angel Luna on the left side who beat the keeper for his second goal of the game. Monday North Moore travels to East Montgomery, which played in the 1A state championship game last year.
Pinecrest Cross Country Teams Cruise
The Pinecrest boys' and girls' cross country teams breezed to easy victories in the second Mid-Southeastern Conference meet of the season held at Richmond Senior on Tuesday.
The team scores for the boys' race were Pinecrest 17, Jack Britt 46 and Richmond 79. In the girls' competition, it was Pinecrest 20, Jack Britt 35 and Richmond 85.
The Patriot girls took the first four places led by Lexi Schustrom with a time 20:17. She was followed in by Ashley Brock (21:19), Beth Hieronymus (23:12) and Jenna Woronoff (23:21). Fay Chu finished 10th (24:18) to complete the Patriot team score.
Craig Baggett, Scott Whitecar, Logan Hawke and Jacob Allen also grabbed the first four places for the Patriot boys (times not available).
Pinecrest is scheduled to run in the NCSU/Adidas Meet in Cary, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The Patriots will entertain Douglas Byrd, Hoke County and Seventy-First at the Southern Pines Country Club course in the first home conference meet on Tuesday. There will be a preliminary race for middle school runners from the county, starting at 4 p.m. The boys' high school race begins at 5 p.m. followed by the girls' run at 5:45.
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