Friday night football, opening night

It was a rough night for the new coaches at Lee County and Southern Lee. Here’s a quick roundup of area games:

Western Harnett 20, Lee County 0

By RYAN SARDA

SANFORD — The night was supposed to belong to new Lee County football coach Burton Cates.

It belonged to new George Coltharp and the Western Harnett Eagles instead.

The Eagles, led by quarterback Franklin Trapp and tailback Shaun McLean, shut out the Yellow Jackets 20-0 in the season opener on Friday night at Paul Gay Stadium.

After a scoreless first half between both teams, McLean scored on a 66-yard run with 7:02 remaining in the third quarter for the first touchdown of the game — and the only one the Eagle’s needed.

Lee County’s offense was only able to accumulate 95 total yards of offense. On defense, the Yellow Jackets allowed 299 yards.

“I thought we played a pretty decent first half,” said Cates, who coached his first regular season game at Lee County after spending 25 seasons at Eastern Randolph. “We made some mistakes on the field. We bent but we didn’t break. Offensively, we couldn’t get anything going because they were beating us up so bad on the offensive line so much.”

South Johnston 58, Southern Lee 0

By ALEX PODLOGAR

alexp@sanfordherald.com

FOUR OAKS — After halftime at a football game, a track meet broke out.

Unfortunately for the Southern Lee Cavaliers, they must’ve dropped the baton.

Longtime South Johnston quarterback Pat Dunigan and wide receiver Dee Williams spoiled Eric Puryear’s debut as the Cavaliers’ new coach, racing the Trojans to a 58-0 victory in the season-opener for both teams on Friday night.

Dunigan completed 24 of 34 passes — misfiring just once in 13 pass attempts in the second half — for 275 yards and four touchdowns while Williams hauled in 13 receptions for 146 yards and four scores for the former Cape Fear Valley Conference champions.

The game was competitive in the first half — at least on the scoreboard. While Dunigan and Co. rolled up 244 total yards of offense to Southern Lee’s 49, the Trojans could muster only a 9-0 lead at the break, turning the ball over twice.

But South Johnston quickly got out of the blocks in the third quarter, scoring in bunches and leaving the Cavaliers far behind. The Trojans needed only six plays and 1 minute, 49 seconds, to score on a 32-yard pass play to open the half, and after a Southern Lee fumble on third down, used just five plays and 100 seconds to make it 23-0 on a 24-yard score from Dunigan to Williams.

It only got worse for Southern Lee from there. After the Cavaliers mishandled the ensuing kickoff to fumble it away to the Trojans, tailback Unek Williams capped a 25-yard, 51-second drive with a 1-yard plunge for a 30-0 lead.

A blocked punt led to another Trojans score 2 minutes later, and then another blocked punt, this one picked out of the air by Jon Farmer and returned 21 yards for yet another score, handed the Trojans a 44-0 lead and an amazing 35 points in less than 10 minutes of play.

Other games:

Northwood 24, East Chapel Hill 0

PITTSBORO — Tailback Shane Peppers sure made it look easy out there.

The Northwood running back led the Chargers to a 24-0 victory over East Chapel Hill on Friday night at Charger Stadium with 17 carries for 96 yards and three touchdowns.

Peppers’ scores came on 1-, 10-, and 9-yard runs. Along with kicker Josue Pena’s 20-yard field goal, Peppers provided all of the scoring of the contest.

Charger quarterback Sam Griffin was 14 of 18 for 201 yards with an interception. Harold Baldwin and AJ Farmer each snagged down four catches apiece. Farmer finished with 96 receiving yards and Baldwin had 51.

West Johnston 37, Overhills 13

BENSON — Playing without the its starting quarterback didn’t help the Overhills football team too much in Friday night’s 37-13 loss to West Johnston on Friday night at West Johnston High School.

The Jaguars were without starting quarterback Devante Jefferson, who missed the game due to a concussion. Backup Sumari Lilly started the game and finished 1-for-4 with three interceptions.

Third-string quarterback Terrill Ray came in and took over for Lilly and finished the game 4-for-6 for 56 yards.

Offensively, the Jaguars (0-1) were led by Tyree Massey’s 13 carries for 52 yards. Massey scored a touchdown on a 16-yard run. Darien Clayton scored on a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter. Clayton finished with five carries for 20 yards in the loss.

Southwest Randolph 34, Chatham Central 12

ASHEBORO — Chatham Central struggled with turnovers as Southwest Randolph pulled away after a competitive first half to beat the Bears 34-12 in the season-opener for both teams on Friday night.

Tony Marsh returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and Wesley Degraffenreidt ran for a 12-yard score, but six turnovers did not enable the Bears to keep up after trailing just 14-6 at the half.

N.C. Prep Scores:

Friday’s Scores

By The Associated Press

PREP FOOTBALL

Albemarle 35, Mt. Pleasant 7

Alexander Central 3, Davie County 0

Anson County 21, Marshville Forest Hills 14

Apex Middle Creek 40, Northern Durham 6

Brevard 14, Black Mountain Owen 13

Burnsville Mountain Heritage 53, North Buncombe 12

Cameron Union Pines 34, Red Springs 20

Canton Pisgah 34, Asheville Erwin 21

Cape Fear 52, Hoke County 36

Carrboro 26, St. Pauls 7

Catawba Bandys 22, Newton Foard 14

Central Davidson 28, North Stanly 20

Charlotte Catholic 34, South Mecklenburg 14

Charlotte Christian 36, Carolina Pride 6

Charlotte Independence 42, Mallard Creek 41

Charlotte Myers Park 37, Charlotte Garinger 30

Charlotte Waddell 28, North Gaston 27

Cherokee 13, Sylva Smoky Mountain 12

Clinton Union 41, North Johnston 12

Clover, S.C. 28, Belmont South Point 21

Croatan 29, Dixon 0

Dunn Midway 21, South Brunswick 18

Durham Hillside 22, Greensboro Grimsley 0

Durham Jordan 17, Orange County 7

East Bend Forbush 32, North Surry 20

East Davidson 19, Randleman 14

East Duplin 70, North Lenoir 13

East Forsyth 21, North Forsyth 14

East Henderson 13, Forest City Chase 0

East Mecklenburg 28, West Charlotte 20

East Rowan 7, North Rowan 0

East Rutherford 7, Lincolnton 0

East Surry 28, Hickory St. Stephens 13

East Wilkes 50, West Davidson 26

Eastern Alamance 42, Hillsborough Cedar Ridge 0

Edenton Holmes 21, Northampton-East 14

Elkin 24, Surry Central 9

Farmville Central 27, Plymouth 23

Fayetteville Britt 30, East Wake 0

Fayetteville Byrd 21, Hope Mills South View 6

Fayetteville Pine Forest 28, Lumberton 26

Fayetteville Westover 7, Fayetteville Sanford 2

Forsyth County Day 32, Fayetteville Christian 0

Franklin 20, Asheville Roberson 6

Fuquay-Varina 38, Knightdale 14

Gastonia Forestview 20, Nation Ford, S.C. 14

Gastonia Huss 36, East Gaston 12

Graham 39, Warren County 0

Green Sea Floyds, S.C. 24, West Columbus 6

Greensboro Dudley 28, Winston-Salem Carver 20

Greensboro Page 54, Winston-Salem Parkland 14

Greensboro Smith 40, Winston-Salem Atkins 0

Harnett Central 42, Apex 7

Havelock 21, New Bern 3

Hertford County 47, Gates County 14

Hickory Grove 51, Gastonia Highland Tech 6

Hope Mills Gray’s Creek 26, Fairmont 0

Huntersville Hopewell 38, West Mecklenburg 21

Jacksonville Northside 14, Jacksonville White Oak 8

Jamestown Ragsdale 39, Southern Guilford 7

Kannapolis Brown 35, Statesville 7

Kernersville Glenn 19, North Davidson 14

Kernersville McGuinness 41, Union Academy 0

Kill Devil Hills First Flight 55, Perquimans County 37

Kinston 23, Jones County 6

Lake City, S.C. 34, South Columbus 13

Lake Norman 39, Person County 22

Lenoir Hibriten 34, Morganton Freedom 20

Lexington 27, Eastern Randolph 0

Madison County 68, Rosman 6

Maiden 20, North Lincoln 17

Manteo 34, Currituck County 19

Marvin Ridge 30, Concord 0

Matthews Butler 35, Winston-Salem Mt. Tabor 14

McCallie, Tenn. 38, Charlotte Providence Day 12

Monroe 23, Indian Trail Porter Ridge 13

Monroe Sun Valley 14, Gastonia Ashbrook 7

Morganton Patton 28, Vldese Draughn 0

Mt. Airy 41, Boonville Starmount 28

Murphy 38, Q Foundation 12

New Hanover County 42, Goldsboro 6

North Duplin 28, Chocowinity Southside 12

North Henderson 33, Enka 28

North Mecklenburg 41, Charlotte Olympic 30

North Raleigh Christian 13, Charlotte Northside Christian 6

North Stokes 22, Alleghany County 0

Northeast Guilford 30, High Point Andrews 19

Northern Guilford 43, Western Guilford 36

Northwest Cabarrus 35, Mooresville 14

Northwest Guilford 40, Eastern Guilford 28

Oxford Webb 48, Granville Central 6

Pembroke Swett 20, Fayetteville Smith 6

Pikeville Aycock 39, Bunn 38

Pittsboro Northwood 24, East Chapel Hill 0

Polk County 26, Waynesville Tuscola 14

Princeton 19, Hobbton 12

Providence Grove 21, Asheboro 14

R-S Central 22, Bessemer City 9

Raleigh Athens Drive 21, Raleigh Sanderson 14

Raleigh Broughton 21, Cary 6

Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons 20, Clayton 7

Raleigh Leesville Road 35, Panther Creek 28

Raleigh Millbrook 34, Garner 24

Raleigh Ravenscroft 40, Northern Vance 6

Raleigh Wakefield 31, Morrisville Green Hope 7

Reidsville 53, Western Alamance 7

Richmond County 27, Charlotte Providence 17

Roanoke Rapids 41, Northampton-West 0

Robbinsville 41, Avery County 14

Rocky Point Trask 21, North Brunswick 18

Rosewood 13, Raleigh Wake Christian 12

Salemburg Lakewood 14, East Columbus 3

Scotland County 19, Fayetteville Seventy-First 14

Siler City Jordan-Matthews 38, Eden Morehead 20

Smithfield-Selma 28, Erwin Triton 26

South Caldwell 32, McDowell County 0

South Davidson 53, Wheatmore 6

South Granville 33, Chapel Hill 6

South Johnston 57, Southern Lee 0

South Lenoir 44, Seven Springs Spring Creek 19

South Rowan 38, Salisbury 20

South Stanly 24, West Stanly 21

Southeast Raleigh 41, Holly Springs 17

Southern Alamance 14, Burlington Williams 14, TIE

Southern Durham 47, Greenville Rose 17

Southern Nash 37, Franklinton 28

Southern Pines Pinecrest 41, Raleigh Enloe 20

Southern Vance 46, Southeast Halifax 0

SouthWest Edgecombe 42, Elizabeth City Northeastern 6

Southwest Guilford 20, Southeast Guilford 10

Southwest Onslow 28, Wilmington Ashley 3

Swain County 42, Mitchell County 7

Swansboro 40, Lejeune 12

Tarboro 39, Nash Central 0

Thomasville 31, Cox Mill 0

Trinity 16, Thomasville Ledford 7

Wake Forest-Rolesville 41, Durham Riverside 0

Warsaw Kenan 35, Clinton 16

Washington 27, North Pitt 0

Weddington 69, Cuthbertson 0

West Caldwell 34, North Wilkes 0

West Craven 32, Southern Wayne 15

West Forsyth 24, Asheville Reynolds 14

West Henderson 14, Hendersonville 7

West Iredell 31, Wilkes Central 16

West Johnston 37, Spring Lake Overhills 13

West Montgomery 28, South Robeson 8

West Rowan 54, Central Cabarrus 0

West Stokes 36, Pfafftown Reagan 27

Western Harnett 20, Lee County 6

Williamston 39, Ayden-Grifton 20

Wilmington Hoggard 15, Whiteville 9

Wilson Beddingfield 29, Northern Nash 14

Wilson Fike 14, Greenville Conley 8

Wilson Hunt 42, Eastern Wayne 14

Winston-Salem Reynolds 20, High Point Central 7

Yanceyville Yancey 40, South Stokes 9

POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS

Watauga County vs. Ashe County, ppd. to Sep 24.

Camden County vs. Pasquotank County, ppd. to Aug 24.

China Grove Carson vs. Hickory Ridge, susp.

Jacksonville vs. Wilmington Laney, ppd. to Aug 24.


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