The Winner: North Moore Halts 13-Game Skid
Despite waiting more than a year between victories, North Moore's football team was at a loss after beating Chatham Central 22-13 on the road in its regular season finale Friday night.
"They didn't know how to react, to tell you the truth" said head coach Butch Cleveland. "Just get in from the cold and take your gear off."
The win, which came one week after North Moore was beaten 86-0 at Albemarle, haults a 13-game losing streak for the Mustangs, who finish the 2009 season 1-10 overall and 1-6 in Yadkin Valley Conference play. Chatham Central finishes 1-10 as well and 0-7 in conference play.
"They stepped up to the challenge," Cleveland said of his players. "They tackled well and played their assignments. Everything we challenged them to do all week, they did it."
One of the challenges was to slow Chatham Central's running game, which fell into the lap of North Moore middle linebacker Trevor Farquharson. The junior delivered, registering 13 tackles to lead a Mustang defense that shut out the Bears in the second half.
It was the defense that got North Moore onto the scoreboard in the early going. After a Mustang fumble at the Chatham Central 1-yard line, the Bears fumbled in their own end zone. The ball was recovered by North Moore for a touchdown. The two-point conversion failed, and the Mustangs led 6-0.
Chatham Central answered with a pair of touchdowns to take a 13-6 lead, but Xavier Scotton had an answer of his own, returning a kickoff for a touchdown and running in the two-point conversion himself to give North Moore a 14-13 lead at halftime.
The final blow came when Jamar Brower took a handoff 40 yards for a touchdown in the second half.
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