Friday Night Football — Sept. 12, 2008

Northwood 35, Lee County 21
SANFORD — In 2007, Lee County and Northwood’s game came down to the final minutes with Northwood winning 34-27.
On Friday night, things were different.
The Chargers dominated from the beginning and defeated the Yellow Jackets 35-21 at Paul B. Gay Stadium, spoiling their home opener. 
“This was just a good ball game for us,” said Charger head coach Bill Hall. “We needed that after the way our team played last week (a 34-10 loss to Jordan-Matthews).”
As they have done all three games this season, the Yellow Jackets scored on
their opening possession. However, in two of those games, the Yellow Jackets ended up on the losing end of the scoreboard.
Against Harnett Central, Patrick Hamel nailed a field goal on their opening
drive to go up 3-0 before the Trojans answered with 37 unanswered points. In their 37-20 win over Western Harnett, the Jackets got on the scoreboard on a run from junior tailback Omar Murriell.
Murriell did it again with a 22-yard run in the first quarter against Northwood. Then, after the touchdown, the Chargers added 21 unanswered points and took a 21-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Pinecrest 19, Southern Lee 0
SANFORD — Southern Lee did a solid job of shutting down what coming into Friday night’s game was an extremely potent Pinecrest offense.
The only problem is, the Cavaliers’ own offense was just as stifled much of the night, and the Patriots’ three touchdowns were all they needed to cruise to a 19-0 shutout in Southern’s home opener Friday night.
Pinecrest came into Friday night’s contest with two 40-plus point outings under its belt on a 3-0 start. But the Cavs managed to hold the Patriots off the scoreboard until late in the first half, when Ben Williams took a quarterback sneak into the end zone with just more than a minute left until intermission.
But Pinecrest came out of the locker room with purpose, with Bret Toomer
breaking a 60-yard run with seven minutes left to give the Patriots a two-score lead, then Williams connected on a 31-yard pass to James Baldwin to set the final score just four minutes later.
Despite the losided score, though, the game was largely a defensive struggle, with the teams combining for eight turnovers. Both had two interceptions apiece, and the Cavs added three fumbles.
The Cavs’ offense which struggled last week against Greensboro Page continued its anemic pace Friday. Most of the Cavs’ offensive output came from the heels of running back Jeremy McLeod, who posted 109 of the team’s 131 rushing yards on 21 carries.

N. Stanley 51, Chatham Central 0
BEAR CREEK — Chatham Central fell to 1-3 on the season with a 51-0 shutout loss to North Stanley on Friday night.
“We were just flat and weren’t prepared,” said Bears head coach Bob Pegram. “We just weren’t prepared and North Stanley was, I guess.”
Said Pegram: “We had a couple of intereceptions and just didn’t play well at
all.”
The Bears will travel to Northwood next Friday night.

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