Football: A Look Back, A Look Ahead
It was a tough second week for the football programs in the Yadkin Valley 1-A Conference with six of the eight league teams going down in defeat, leaving only two teams with unblemished records.
Five of Friday’s games featured nonconference cross-county rivalry games with local school North Moore falling to 3-A Union Pines by a 33-6 score. The Vikings’ quarterback Emmitt Carden had a pair of touchdown runs for his team as they improved to 1-1 for the season, while the Mustangs dropped to 0-2.
After Friday’s contests, North Moore is one of four conference teams still searching for their season’s first victory.
One of the cross-county rivalry games had Chatham Central traveling to 2-A Jordan-Matthews. The host Jets shut down the Bears’ offense that produced 40 points the week before, winning by a 32-0 score.
South Davidson is not only searching for their first win, they are still trying to find a way to score, having lost to 2-A West Davidson 42-0. North Rowan tried for its second straight upset win under new coach Joe Nixon when they journeyed to 2-A Salisbury. The Cavaliers couldn’t pull off that second upset as Salisbury won 19-7.
The only cross-country rivalry game won by an YVC team was Albemarle, hammering 2-A West Stanly 70-0. This is the second straight 2-A team the Bulldogs have routed, having beaten defending 2-AA state champion West Stokes 41-7 in the season’s opening game.
South Stanly is the other league team that remains undefeated, having defeated 3-A Mount Pleasant, giving new coach Tasker Fleming a 2-0 start. The Rebel Bulls had to rally from a 13-0 deficit the Tigers built in the first quarter for South’s 22-19 victory.
Both Montgomery County teams were on the road, with West traveling to 3-A North Lenoir and East to 2-A Providence Grove. The long travel must have hurt the young Warrior squad as they were upset 19-14.
The Eagles stayed close to the Patriots for a half, tailing 7-6 at the break. But host Providence Grove scored 28 unanswered points in the second half for a 35-6 victory, meaning new Eagle coach Phil Collett is still searching for his first win heading up East.
All eight teams are in action Friday in the season’s third week.
North Moore stays on the road for the third of its four straight road contests to open the season, traveling to Fayetteville Christian Academy. This is the first meeting between the two schools, with Fayetteville Christian being an independent school with a 1-1 record, having lost to St. Pauls 58-40 Friday.
Albemarle plays at home for another cross-county rivalry game with 2-A North Stanly making the short trip from New London. North Stanly (0-2 overall), who becomes a member of the conference next season, lost to Lexington in overtime Friday.
Chatham Central entertains winless Kestrel Heights Friday. East Montgomery will be heavily favored Friday when it hosts Kipp Pride, another team searching for its first win. North Rowan plays its third straight cross-county rival game when it entertains 3-A East Rowan (1-1), a team that upset Salisbury in the opening game.
South Davidson will not only be looking for its first win when it hosts 2-A Surry Central (1-1), it is hoping to find the end zone. South Stanly travels to winless 3-A Parkwood while West Montgomery entertains East Surry (1-1), who are coming off an overtime loss to 2-A Starmount.
All the games are scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m.
Cape Fear Valley: After just two weeks of gridiron action, only one team in the Cape Fear Valley 3-A Conference remains undefeated while two schools are looking for their first win of the season.
Douglas Byrd remains the league’s lone unbeaten team, having defeated 4-A Terry Sanford 46-27, after opening the season with a 41-21 win over another 4-A school, South View.
Locally, Union Pines picked up its first win of the season with a 33-6 victory over cross-county foe 1-A North Moore.
The Westover Wolverines also notched their first victory, narrowly defeating 4-A Cape Fear 16-13. Gray’s Creek lost to 4-A Pine Forest 23-12, after opening the season with a 70-48 rout over 2-A St. Pauls.
Western Harnett also lost to a 4-A school, Purnell Swett, by a 21-7 score. Overhills remains winless after losing 21-7 to local Pinecrest, a member of the Southeastern 4-A Conference.
Also struggling and searching for their first win were the Southern Lee Cavaliers, who lost 37-21 to 2-A Northwood. The Cavaliers have a good shot at picking up their first win when they host 2-A St. Pauls Friday. St. Pauls is coming off their first win of the season, a 58-40 victory over Fayetteville Christian Academy.
The Overhills Jaguars may have a little tougher time notching their win Friday when they entertain 3-A power Triton, who is 2-0.
Union Pines tries to build on its win over the Mustangs when the Vikings travel to Raleigh for battle with undefeated Cardinal Gibbons. Douglas Byrd tries to move to 3-0 when it entertains Cape Fear from the Mid-South 4-A Conference. Westover’s opening game victory came over Cape Fear by a 16-13 score.
Westover tries to get back on the winning track when it travels to 1-1 E.E. Smith, also a member of the Mid-South Conference. In another cross-over game with the Mid-South Conference, Gray’s Creek entertains winless Terry Sanford. Western Harnett has a cross-county showdown with 4-A Harnett Central.
All games are scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.
Southeastern 4-A: The one big surprise in the Southeastern Conference is that Hoke County has opened the season with two victories, the most recent a 28-21 win over winless South View. The last time the Bucks started the season with two victories was 2008, when they started the season with three wins over Lumberton, Purnell Swett and E.E. Smith.
It’s no surprise that Richmond Senior is off to a perfect start with a 55-28 victory over Lee County, after opening the season with a 56-28 win over Sun Valley.
The rest of the league’s teams are sporting 1-1 records, with the local squad from Pinecrest picking up its first win Friday over 3-A Overhills by a 21-7 score. Purnell Swett evened its record with a 21-7 victory over 3-A Western Harnett.
Lumberton lost its first contest of the season when Jack Britt blanked the Pirates 27-0. The defending 4-A state champion Scotland High lost 21-16 to Wilmington’s New Hanover, snapping a 16-game winning streak dating back to 2010.
The Fighting Scots will try to start a new winning streak when they host the Bulldogs from Marlboro County in South Carolina. The Bulldogs have started the season with a pair of victories over Chesterfield and Cheraw.
Pinecrest hits the road for a long journey to Concord to take on 3-A Cox Mill, who are 2-0 and have not been scored on thus far this season. While blanking both its foes, Cox Mill has totaled 88 points in the routs over Harding University and Central Academy.
Hoke County tries to keep its two-game win streak alive when it travels to winless Seventy-First. Richmond Senior hopes to move to 3-0 when it hosts Anson County, who are coming off a 32-25 loss to Pageland, S.C. Central High School.
Purnell Swett tries to improve its record after picking up its first win when they host Wilmington’s Hoggard High School, who are 2-0. Lumberton will see if it can get back on the winning track when it journeys to South View, who lost to Hoke County Friday.
All the games are scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m.
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