Friday Night Football, Oct. 24, 2009

Union Pines 10, Southern Lee 0

CAMERON — Close.

Still, though, it wasn’t quite enough, as Union Pines managed a touchdown just before the end of the first half to go with a third-quarter field goal to hold off the Southern Lee Cavaliers 10-0 in football on Friday night.

Southern Lee (0-10, 0-5) came into the contest seeking its first victory of the season against a similarly struggling Vikings team (4-6, 1-4) that had not yet won a Cape Fear Valley Conference game entering the contest.

And the Cavaliers put up their best fight of the season, holding the Vikings to just 165 total yards, 154 of which came on the ground. For the Southern Lee defense, the game amounted to season-lows in total yards allowed, points allowed and rushing yards allowed.

But the offense still had its fair share of problems. The Cavaliers finished the game with minus-30 yards of rushing, and the team was shut out for the fifth time this season.

Not that they didn’t still pose a threat to the Vikings on their Senior Night, however. After Blake Brewington intercepted a pass in the end zone for the Cavaliers, Southern Lee, led by quarterback A.J. Jackson, marched 78 yards to the Union Pines 2-yard line late in the fourth quarter.

But the drive stalled there, and after 6-foot-1, 253-pound Peter West was stopped for a 5-yard loss on a rushing play, Jake Brower’s field goal attempt missed from 22 yards.

With the victory, the Vikings made themselves eligible for the postseason by notching their fourth win of the season. Mitchell McNeil led all players with 110 yards rushing on 21 carries while fullback Graham Haulsee had 40 yards on 11 carries, scoring on an 8-yard touchdown run with 1:01 remaining before the end of the first half to put the Vikings ahead 7-0 entering the break.

Union Pines stretched its lead to 10-0 when Andrew McPherson made a 21-yard field goal at the 8:23 mark of the third quarter.

Jackson kept the Cavaliers in the game by connecting on 18 of 28 passes for 143 yards. Quentin Ingram had four receptions for 42 yards while Robert Richard had five catches for 40 yards and Aaron Turner had two grabs for 30 yards.

Southern Lee, which closes its season at home against Douglas Byrd next week, finished with 112 total yards.

Cary 21, Lee County 7

CARY — The Lee County football team came into Friday night’s Tri-9 Conference battle with Cary needing to win two of its final three games to at least qualify for the upcoming 4-A playoffs.

Unfortunately, things didn’t go quite as planned for the Yellow Jackets as they were fell to the Imps 21-7 on Friday night at Cooper Field on the campus of Cary High School.

Now, the Yellow Jackets (2-7, 1-5) are in a tight spot. They must win their final two games against Panther Creek and Fuquay-Varina in order to get the four victories needed in order to be eligible for the playoffs, which has been the goal of Yellow Jacket head coach Burton Cates since the beginning of the season.

“We really need to improve,” said Cates. “We made too many mistakes and now we have a huge climb up to make in order to get into the playoffs. We just didn’t play smart. We were not a very well-coached team.”

The Yellow Jackets, who were coming off a bye week, did not play well from the very beginning of the game. The team only accumulated a total of 184 yards of total offense, with just 35 coming on the ground.

“We came out flat, there’s no question about it,” said Cates. “That’s on me. As coaches, we’ve got to do a better job preparing these guys. We just didn’t play well at all.”

The Imps (5-5, 3-4) turned two Yellow Jacket turnovers into points to go up 14-0. Yellow Jacket quarterbacks Dakota Hart and Carson Wilson each threw an interception, which resulted in scores for the Imps.

South Granville 27, Northwood 7

PITTSBORO — This was not the night to turn the ball over.

But Northwood did — five times — and South Granville’s Ian Bosley rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns as the Vikings shocked the fifth-ranked Chargers 27-7 in football on Friday night.

Northwood (9-1, 2-1) suffered its first loss of the season, and it wasn’t pretty. The Chargers fumbled the ball away twice — both times deep in Vikings territory — and quarterback Sam Griffin was intercepted three times and beset by dropped passes. Griffin had one interception returned 76 yards for a touchdown.

Despite giving up a touchdown on South Granville’s opening possession, Northwood trailed just 7-0 at the half, but costly turnovers negated any chance the Chargers had at getting back into the ballgame.

“It was just one of those nights,” said Northwood coach Bill Hall. “Every time you thought we were about to get back into it, something else would happen. Now we’ll have to live and learn.”

Peppers finished with 95 yards rushing on 21 carries a week after setting a school record after running for 414 yards and seven touchdowns. He had a 56-yard touchdown reception from Griffin, who finished 7 of 28 for 143 yards, but that only closed Northwood within 20-7 in the fourth quarter.

“We’ll learn a lot about our football team this week,” Hall said.

Gray’s Creek 10, Western Harnett 7

LILLINGTON — Gray’s Creek remained unbeaten in the Cape Fear Valley Conference after a 10-7 victory over Western Harnett on the road on Friday night.

The Bears (7-2, 4-0) and Eagles (3-6) were tied until the fourth quarter when, after a Western Harnett fumble on its own 15, Gray’s Creek managed a field goal for the final margin.

Shaun McLean rushed for 118 yards on 26 carries for Western Harnett, but suffered a hand injury in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Franklin Trapp was 8-for-20 for 85 yards.

Western Harnett was flagged for 10 penalties and 115 yards. Five of the penalties were for personal fouls.

The Eagles will attempt to become postseason eligible next week when they take on county rival Overhills.

Friday’s Scores

By The Associated Press


Albemarle 54, East Montgomery 22

Alexander Central 28, Watauga County 14

Apex 33, Morrisville Green Hope 14

Apex Middle Creek 31, Panther Creek 17

Asheville 34, Asheville Roberson 3

Asheville Erwin 40, North Buncombe 6

Asheville Reynolds 43, McDowell County 0

Ayden-Grifton 35, North Duplin 21

Bessemer City 46, North Lincoln 12

Black Mountain Owen 16, Hendersonville 7

Boonville Starmount 68, North Wilkes 6

Brevard 20, Sylva Smoky Mountain 0

Bunn 20, Franklinton 6

Burlington Williams 28, Eden Morehead 18

Burnsville Mountain Heritage 69, Mitchell County 18

Cameron Union Pines 10, Southern Lee 0

Canton Pisgah 40, North Henderson 18

Cary 21, Lee County 7

Catawba Bandys 30, South Iredell 0

Central Davidson 21, East Davidson 14

Chapel Hill 27, Oxford Webb 20

Charlotte Berry Tech 38, North Stanly 0

Charlotte Catholic 41, Charlotte Garinger 14

Charlotte Christian 21, Raleigh Ravenscroft 14

Charlotte Country Day 24, Charlotte Providence Day 7

Charlotte Harding 14, West Mecklenburg 12

Charlotte Latin 31, North Cross, Va. 7

Charlotte Myers Park 23, South Mecklenburg 14

Charlotte Olympic 62, Charlotte Waddell 6

Charlotte Vance 21, North Mecklenburg 13

Charlotte Victory Christian 30, Mt. Zion Christian Academy 28

Cherokee 49, Rosman 25

Claremont Bunker Hill 35, West Caldwell 27

Clinton 33, Richlands 28

Concord 20, Mt. Pleasant 14

Concord Robinson 46, Cox Mill 7

Creswell 50, Cape Hatteras 0

Croatan 47, Topsail 21

Dixon 34, Lejeune 12

Durham Hillside 42, Durham Riverside 7

East Bladen 27, South Columbus 14

East Burke 42, Maiden 0

East Carteret 27, Pamlico County 21

East Columbus 50, St. Pauls 21

East Duplin 33, Swansboro 7

East Forsyth 47, Southwest Guilford 28

East Lincoln 49, Cherryville 6

East Mecklenburg 28, Charlotte Ardrey Kell 0

East Surry 48, North Stokes 0

East Wake 30, Clayton 26

East Wilkes 20, East Bend Forbush 6

Eastern Alamance 45, Mayodan McMichael 13

Elizabeth City Northeastern 54, Currituck County 0

Elkin 32, Alleghany County 0

Fairmont 26, Red Springs 0

Farmville Central 40, North Pitt 28

Fayetteville Britt 42, Fayetteville Smith 20

Fayetteville Seventy-First 32, Cape Fear 28

Fayetteville Westover 35, Spring Lake Overhills 20

Franklin 14, East Henderson 6

Fuquay-Varina 35, Raleigh Athens Drive 27

Garner 49, Southeast Raleigh 42

Gastonia Ashbrook 21, Gastonia Forestview 0

Gastonia Huss 21, Shelby Crest 13

Goldsboro 40, Princeton 13

Greensboro Dudley 40, Western Guilford 7

Greensboro Grimsley 3, Greensboro Smith 0

Greensboro Page 49, Southern Alamance 28

Harnett Central 38, Smithfield-Selma 7

Harrells Christian Academy 54, Fayetteville Christian 0

Havelock 31, Jacksonville 17

Hickory 21, Hickory St. Stephens 17

High Point Andrews 54, Randleman 3

Hillsborough Cedar Ridge 21, Carrboro 20

Hobbton 35, Lakewood (Salemburg) 16

Hoke County 42, Scotland County 21

Hope Mills Gray’s Creek 10, Western Harnett 7

Hope Mills South View 71, Fayetteville Pine Forest 19

Kannapolis Brown 38, Hickory Ridge 13

Kernersville Glenn 14, High Point Central 7

Kill Devil Hills First Flight 26, Bertie County 14

Kings Mountain 26, North Gaston 0

Kinston 35, Greene Central 6

Lake Norman 20, West Charlotte 18

Lawndale Burns 34, Morganton Patton 20

Lenoir Hibriten 62, Mooresville 21

Lincolnton 47, West Lincoln 7

Madison County 33, Avery County 27

Mallard Creek 41, Huntersville Hopewell 14

Manteo 44, Perquimans County 29

Marshville Forest Hills 48, Monroe Central 0

Marvin Ridge 24, Anson County 20

Matthews Butler 35, Charlotte Providence 28

Monroe 48, West Stanly 0

Monroe Sun Valley 37, Monroe Parkwood 20

Mt. Airy 31, Kernersville McGuinness 14

New Hanover County 19, Wilmington Laney 12

Newton Foard 20, South Caldwell 17

Newton-Conover 41, Vldese Draughn 6

North Brunswick 24, South Brunswick 14

North Rowan 34, Chatham Central 7

Northeast Guilford 54, Southwestern Randolph 7

Northern Guilford 63, Rockingham County 7

Northern Nash 20, Nash Central 0

Northwest Cabarrus 42, Central Cabarrus 0

Northwest Halifax 22, North Johnston 14

Pasquotank County 45, Edenton Holmes 7

Pender County 63, Clinton Union 29

Person County 63, Durham Jordan 29

Pikeville Aycock 31, Eastern Wayne 6

Polk County 62, Thomas Jefferson 0

Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons 28, Northern Vance 0

Raleigh Enloe 38, Raleigh Wakefield 10

Raleigh Millbrook 39, Raleigh Leesville Road 23

Raleigh Wake Christian 9, North Raleigh Christian 7

Reidsville 54, Graham 22

Richmond County 24, Lumberton 7

Robbinsville 40, Hayesville 6

Robersonville Roanoke 48, Chocowinity Southside 45

Rocky Mount 21, Wilson Fike 14

Salisbury 57, Lexington 6

Shelby 17, R-S Central 6

Siler City Jordan-Matthews 28, Yanceyville Yancey 6

South Central Pitt 9, Jacksonville White Oak 3

South Granville 27, Pittsboro Northwood 7

South Johnston 42, Southern Wayne 0

South Robeson 24, West Columbus 6

South Rowan 46, China Grove Carson 21

South Stanly 60, North Moore 12

Southern Durham 47, East Chapel Hill 0

Southern Guilford 10, North Forsyth 6

Southern Pines Pinecrest 22, Pembroke Swett 20

Southern Vance 30, Orange County 21

SouthWest Edgecombe 22, Tarboro 16

Southwest Onslow 35, Jones County 12

Statesville 14, North Iredell 12

Surry Central 48, North Surry 26

Swain County 62, Andrews 7

Thomasville 42, West Davidson 0

Thomasville Ledford 21, Asheboro 13

Trinity 76, Wheatmore 0

Union Academy 34, Cuthbertson 7

Wake Forest-Rolesville 48, Raleigh Sanderson 14

Wallace-Rose Hill 42, Rocky Point Trask 7

Warren County 14, Louisburg 13

Warsaw Kenan 26, Dunn Midway 20

Washington 34, Greenville Conley 0

Waynesville Tuscola 35, West Henderson 0

Weddington 31, Indian Trail Porter Ridge 24

Weldon 14, North Edgecombe 6

West Forsyth 28, Pfafftown Reagan 11

West Iredell 45, West Wilkes 0

West Johnston 13, Knightdale 12

West Montgomery 61, South Davidson 0

West Rowan 41, East Rowan 7

West Stokes 41, South Stokes 7

Western Alamance 29, Eastern Guilford 27

Whiteville 30, West Bladen 0

Williamston 55, Pinetown Northside 20

Wilmington Ashley 24, New Bern 14

Wilmington Hoggard 16, Greenville Rose 13

Wilson Hunt 28, Southern Nash 20

Winston-Salem Carver 23, Winston-Salem Atkins 0

Winston-Salem Mt. Tabor 14, Davie County 10

Winston-Salem Parkland 21, Northwest Guilford 14

Winston-Salem Reynolds 14, North Davidson 0


Wilkes Central vs. Ashe County, ppd. to Oct 26.

Morganton Freedom vs. East Rutherford, ppd. to Oct 26.

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