Thursday Night Football — Sept. 4, 2008

NOTE: There will be a correction in Saturday’s edition of The Herald, but since I already know my mistake now after the page has been sent to press, I figured I’d get a head start here. 

I wrote in Friday’s game story about Southern Lee’s loss to Greensboro Page that it was the third time in Southern’s three-year history that it had lost a season-opener. 

That is wrong. The Cavaliers blanked Cardinal Gibbons 41-0 in the 2007 opener.

Also, I failed to mention how Southern Lee scored its touchdown. Antonio Singletary, who was great defensively, blocked a punt high into the air, caught the ball as it was coming down and rumbled 2 yards for the score. The point-after try was blocked.

There should be a Southern Lee follow-up story in Saturday’s paper with a Lee County follow-up scheduled for Sunday.

Please forgive my mistakes.

On to the games:

Lee County 37, Western Harnett 12

SANFORD — Lee County head coach Jody Stouffer stressed all week that his team was going to have to play mistake-free football and play with some consistency if the Yellow Jackets were going to get their first win of the season. 

On Thursday night, the Yellow Jackets did just that. 

Junior tailback Omar Murriell led the Yellow Jackets to a 37-20 victory over Western Harnett in a game that was moved up a day due to the threat of inclement weather pending from Tropical Storm Hanna. 

“This was a total team effort,” said Stouffer. “We’ve been lacking some consistency lately, so it was nice to finally see us put it all together.”

The Yellow Jackets, who rebounded from a 37-3 season-opening loss at Harnett Central, returned to Harnett County and this time extended the Eagles’ losing streak to 26 straight while earning their first victory since Oct. 26. 

Murriell finished with 26 carries for 173 yards and four rushing touchdowns, all in the first half. He scored his first touchdown with 5:22 remaining in the first quarter on a 45-yard run. 

Greensboro Page 32, Southern Lee 6

SANFORD — The Southern Lee Cavaliers waited two weeks to unveil their new offense.

They’ll have to wait a little longer.

Southern Lee was held to just 118 total yards in a 32-6 loss to traditional powerhouse Greensboro Page on Thursday night, losing its season-opener for the second time in the school’s three-year history.

Page running back Perry Fryer scored two touchdowns and quarterback Will Newman and receiver Jeremy Collie hooked up for two scores as the Pirates (3-0) even added two safeties for the comfortable winning margin.

Southern Lee didn’t have much to answer with in new coach Bill Maczko’s debut. Cavaliers running back James Butler nearly matched all of Southern Lee’s first-half offensive output with a 41-yard rush early in the third quarter.

But there wasn’t much else. Quarterback Mike Foxx was just 2-for-4 with 15 yards passing and Jeremy McLeod rushed 18 times for 40 yards.

With 42 plays, the Cavaliers averaged just 2.8 yards per play.

The Pirates were more efficient, though Southern Lee did make them earn their scores. Page took over in Cavaliers’ territory four straight times in the second quarter, but Southern Lee’s defense turned them away three times, even stopping 210-pound running back Lenny Gordon on 4th-and-goal from the 2-yard line.

Jordan-Matthews 34, Northwood 10

PITTSBORO — It all started so well for Northwood.

It didn’t end that way.

After taking a 10-0 lead to open the game against bitter rival Jordan-Matthews, the Jets soared, scoring 34 unanswered points to cruise to a 34-10 victory on Thursday night.

Jordan-Matthews quarterback Justin Glover rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries while Kasey Glover added a score and 55 yards on 11 rushes. Corey Wilkerson ran 13 times for 103 yards and a touchdown.

Northwood quarterback Sam Griffin threw for a whopping 271 yards on just 10 completions, but was done in by several dropped passes. Demetrius Johnson had 15 tackles.

Ravenscroft 61, Chatham Central 12

BEAR CREEK — The Chatham Central Bears have lost that winning feeling.

Less than a week after picking up their first victory in more than a year, the Bears fell to Ravenscroft 61-12 on Thursday night.

Chatham Central (1-2), which endured a winless season a year ago, defeated Wake Christian 12-7 last week.

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