E.E. Smith 54, Southern Lee 0
By ALEX PODLOGAR
SANFORD — Southern Lee got beat by its first line of offense.
Struggling mightily just to have a clean exchange snapping the ball from center to quarterback — the steady downpour certainly didn’t help — the Cavaliers turned the ball over a whopping seven times as E.E. Smith snapped a two-year winless streak in emphatic fashion, cruising to a 54-0 victory at Cavalier stadium on Friday night.
Again Southern Lee (0-2) was dismantled in the third quarter. After giving up 35 points in less than 10 minutes last week on the road to South Johnston, the Cavaliers were able to run just five plays through the third period’s first 8 minutes on Friday night. In those five plays, the Cavaliers had four turnovers — three of them coming on bad snaps, one of which was recovered for a touchdown in the end zone.
In all, Southern Lee suffered six turnovers in the second half, with five fumbles the result of either a poor snap or the snap being mishandled by either quarterback.
Southern Lee coach Eric Puryear said the team tried shuffling the offensive line to help the offense and had a new center this week.
“We’ve got to do a better job as coaches,” Puryear said. “We didn’t make the kind of adjustments that we needed to make.”
RICHMOND COUNTY 28, LEE COUNTY 0
By RYAN SARDA
ROCKINGHAM — Despite making some crucial errors in critical moments of the game, Lee County football coach Burton Cates got the improvement he was looking for against the defending 4-AA state champion Richmond County.
The Yellow Jackets were held scoreless by the Raiders in their 28-0 loss Friday night at Raider Stadium. Despite being shutout for the second straight game, Lee County made some major strides as a program.
After improving tremendously between week 1 and week 2, Cates still left Rockingham with a bitter taste in his mouth because he wanted to win, like any good coach wants.
“We came into this game looking to win the football game,” said Cates. “As a coaching staff, we’ve never gone anywhere where we didn’t expect to win the game. Granted, we’ve never been as big of an underdog as we were tonight. We wanted to win and we’re disappointed that we didn’t get it.”
After compiling just 91 total yards of offense in their 20-0 loss to Western Harnet last week, the Yellow Jackets accumulated 224 yards against the Raiders. After rushing for a total of minus-4 yards against the Eagles, the Yellow Jacket backfield recorded 134 yards on the ground against a team that returned five starters from its state title run a season ago.
IN OTHER GAMES:
NORTHWOOD 14, WESTERN HARNETT 6
LILLINGTON — Sam Griffin scored a 4-yard touchdown in the first quarter and the Northwood Chargers defeated the Western Harnett Eagles 14-6 in football on Friday night.
Griffin ran 12 times for only 10 yards, including that touchdown, and went 4-for-7 for 39 yards and an interception through the air as Northwood and Western Harnett put up all 20 points in the first quarter.
The scoring began with a 35-yard interception return by Joseph Matthews for the Eagles. After Ian Bohn missed the extra point, the Chargers came roaring back soon afterwards with Ridge Smith’s 85-yard kick return for a touchdown. Griffin then tacked on the short touchdown run.
Eagles’ quarterback Franklin Tapp was 5-for-15 for 106 yards and four interceptions. Western Harnett held an big advantage in total yards — 131 to Northwood’s 37.
JORDAN-MATTHEWS 44, CHATHAM CENTRAL 7
BEAR CREEK — Jordan-Matthews defeated Chatham Central 44-7 on Friday night in football.
The score was 14-7 until Jordan-Matthews scored twice within 90 seconds at the end of the second quarter.
Coach Bob Pegram expressed his frustration afterwards, showing optimism but saying, “We’re playing two-and-a-half quarters when we should be playing four.”
The Associated Press
Albemarle 44, West Stanly 0
Alleghany County 21, Grayson County, Va. 20
Asheville Roberson 20, West Henderson 6
Avery County 55, West Wilkes 27
Cary 7, Northern Nash 0
Central, S.C. 27, Anson County 7
Charlotte Berry Tech 21, Charlotte Garinger 8
Charlotte Catholic 48, Charlotte Providence 47, 3OT
Charlotte Independence 56, Huntersville Hopewell 12
Charlotte Latin 44, West Montgomery 7
Charlotte Olympic 35, Charlotte Myers Park 14
Chesnee, S.C. 35, Forest City Chase 7
China Grove Carson 32, North Rowan 0
Clover, S.C. 39, Gastonia Ashbrook 6
Concord Robinson 62, Cuthbertson 6
Durham Riverside 9, Apex 8
East Bladen 48, Red Springs 6
East Burke 25, Morganton Patton 0
East Mecklenburg 18, Charlotte Vance 7
Eastern Alamance 22, Graham 0
Fayetteville Seventy-First 14, Wilmington Hoggard 11
Greenville Rose 41, Greenville Conley 0
GW-Danville, Va. 34, Durham Hillside 20
Havelock 48, East Carteret 0
Hertford County 34, Bertie County 14
Hickory Grove 36, Raleigh Wake Christian 9
Hobbton 27, Seven Springs Spring Creek 8
Indian Trail Porter Ridge 6, Monroe Piedmont 3
Kill Devil Hills First Flight 40, Camden County 14
Kinston 51, South Lenoir 6
Lenoir Hibriten 40, Wilkes Central 7
Lexington 21, Concord 15
Louisburg 24, Raleigh Ravenscroft 17
Lumberton 36, Spring Lake Overhills 0
Mallard Creek 51, Charlotte Harding 0
Manteo 76, Cape Hatteras 0
Marshville Forest Hills 42, Weddington 21
Mt. Airy 28, Thomasville 21
Newton-Conover 27, East Lincoln 19
North Brunswick 6, Fairmont 0
North Henderson 35, Rosman 6
North Lenoir 26, North Johnston 19
North Mecklenburg 51, Charlotte Ardrey Kell 21
North Pitt 32, Robersonville Roanoke 12
Northampton-East 26, Perquimans County 21
Pikeville Aycock 61, Rosewood 6
Polk County 14, Brevard 0
R-S Central 34, East Henderson 14
Raleigh Enloe 30, Raleigh Athens Drive 28
Raleigh Leesville Road 44, Morrisville Green Hope 0
Reidsville 52, Eden Morehead 6
Richmond County 28, Lee County 0
Salemburg Lakewood 6, North Duplin 0
Salisbury 46, East Rowan 10
Shelby 25, Watauga County 12
Siler City Jordan-Matthews 44, Chatham Central 7
Smithfield-Selma 27, Nash Central 7
South Caldwell 21, West Caldwell 12
South Central Pitt 28, Farmville Central 21
South Columbus 42, East Columbus 3
South Johnston 10, West Johnston 7
South Mecklenburg 53, Charlotte Waddell 0
South Rowan 21, Kannapolis Brown 19
South Stanly 38, North Stanly 0
Southern Nash 24, Bunn 22
SouthWest Edgecombe 52, Currituck County 6
Southwest Onslow 30, Jacksonville 0
Statesville 25, Hickory 15
Swain County 56, Sylva Smoky Mountain 20
Tarboro 31, Washington 0
Trinity 23, East Davidson 6
Warsaw Kenan 14, Jones County 0
West Carteret 51, Swansboro 6
West Rowan 33, Northwest Cabarrus 6
Whiteville 15, West Columbus 7
Wilmington Ashley 28, South Brunswick 14
Wilson Hunt 48, Wilson Fike 0
|POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS|
Rocky Mount vs. Northern Durham, ppd.
Raleigh Sanderson vs. Southeast Raleigh, ppd. to Aug 29.
North Gaston vs. East Gaston, ppd. to Aug 31.
Goldsboro vs. Eastern Wayne, ppd. to Aug 29.
Hickory St. Stephens vs. Catawba Bandys, ppd. to Aug 31.
Maiden vs. Newton Foard, ppd. to Aug 31.
Thomasville Ledford vs. North Davidson, ppd. to Aug 31.
South Davidson vs. West Davidson, ppd. to Aug 31.
Alexander Central vs. West Iredell, ppd. to Aug 29.
West Brunswick vs. Socastee, S.C., susp.