Jackets falter in second half
SANFORD — Lee County came.
Lee County saw.
But in the end, it was Panther Creek that conquered.
After leading the majority of the game, the Yellow Jackets were outscored 28-7 in the second half, and fell to the Catamounts 28-20 at Paul Gay Stadium on Friday night.
The second-year Catamounts (2-5, 2-1) won their second straight conference game and also won the first meeting between the two teams in Sanford.
The Yellow Jackets have lost five straight games and fall to 1-6 and 0-3 in the conference.
“When we shoot ourselves in the foot, we really shoot ourselves in the foot,” said Lee County head coach Jody Stouffer. “Panther Creek played a brilliant second half and made some big plays and we just couldn’t stop them.”
Dunigan too much for Cavs
FOUR OAKS — Tony Smith, the reigning offensive player of the year in the Cape Fear Valley Conference, was injured in last week’s game and thus was limited in what he could do to help the South Johnston Trojans on Friday night.
With quarterback Pat Dunigan still running things from the shotgun in the Trojans’ spread offense, Smith was hardly missed.
Dunigan threw for 206 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another as South Johnston scored 31 unanswered points to down Southern Lee in football.
Dunigan, who further picked up Smith’s slack by rushing for a team-high 62 yards, had scoring tosses of 14, 23 and 18 yards while his touchdown run was for 11 yards. Receiver Caleb Lucas caught nine of those passes for 116 yards and two scores.
Griffin, Chargers hold off Graham
GRAHAM — Northwood’s football team improved to 7-1 with its thrilling 35-27 victory over Graham on Friday night.
The Chargers were led by quarterback Sam Griffin’s four touchdown passes.
The junior found classmate Ridge Smith in the end zone twice for 14 of the Chargers’ points. The first bomb from Griffin to Smith was complete for about 70 yards, while the second was a 25-yard completion.
Griffin also found Ryan Epps for an 80-yard completion and A.J. Farmer for a 40-yard completion.
Demetrius Johnson scored the fifth and final touchdown for the Chargers on a 1-yard run.
The Chargers led 35-14 with 7 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but the Red Devils recovered two onside kicks in the latter stages of the game and climbed back.
“They put a few nice drives together down the stretch,” said Chargers head coach Bill Hall. “Luckily, we were able to recover that final onside kick and run the clock out to keep them from scoring any more on us.”
The Chargers will return to the gridiron next week when they travel to Burlington to face Cummings.
Chatham Central falls to South Davidson
BEAR CREEK — South Davidson’s football team spoiled Chatham Central’s homecoming with its 12-6 victory on Friday night.
The Bears (2-6, 1-2) committed three turnovers in their loss to the Wildcats and missed out on an opportunity to win back-to-back games for the first time since 2006.
Midway through the second quarter, Bears quarterback Dylan Bounds completed an 8-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Willett for the Bears’ only offensive score of the game.
“It was a very good ballgame,” said Bears head coach Bob Pegram. “We played them pretty close all game long. Defensively, we had just one lapse and the guy broke free and we just couldn’t catch him.”
Warren paces Hawks by Eagles
ERWIN — It was the Kiwan Warren Show for the Triton Hawks on Friday night.
Warren accumulated 130 yards on 15 carries and had three total touchdowns in the Hawks’ 28-6 victory over the Western Harnett Eagles.
The Hawks opened things off with quarterback Shy Bell finding Warren for a 72-yard touchdown pass. Warren added a 21-yard run later in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Warren scored again when he put the Hawks ahead 21-0 with a 3-yard carry to the end zone.
The Eagles finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter when quarterback Jared Bohn found Chris Flack for a 64-yard touchdown completion.
Triton remains unbeaten in the Cape Fear Valley Conference with a 3-0 conference record, while the Eagles fall to 1-2. The Eagles will return home to face South Johnston next Friday night.