The Northwestern Trojans built a 17-0 lead and held off a Gaffney comeback attempt in the final quarter to defeat the Indians 17-13 in a non-region game at District Three Stadium Friday.
The Trojans drew first blood on Thomas Gettys’ 32-yard field goal with 6:30 left in the opening quarter. They upped the count to 10-0 on the first play of the second period when Jamario Holley hauled in a pass from Dustin Noller to complete a 69-yard play.
Holley scored again later in the quarter when he took a Gaffney punt and raced 52 yards for a score to make it 17-0. It stayed that way until intermission.
Gaffney cut the deficit to 17-7 with 4:07 remaining in the third quarter when Cameron Rice scored from one yard out.
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The Indians scored again with 4:15 left in the game when Tyshun Sarratt passed 14 yards to Myell White, but the extra point was no good.
Noller completed 11 of 21 passes for 138 yards and one score to lead Northwestern’s offense. Holley hauled in eight passes for 123 yards. Jordan Starkes led the Trojans’ rushing attack with 63 yards on 10 carries.
Sarratt completed 10 of 26 passes for 137 yards and one score to lead Gaffney. Dennis Smith caught five passes for 77 yards. Rice led the ground attack for Gaffney with 106 yards on 24 carries.
Northwestern is 3-3 on the year, while Gaffney is 2-3.
Northwestern played its first game under interim head coach James Martin, who was thrust into the top position after former coach David Pierce was fired last weekend. The Gaffney game was also Mitch Walters’ first as offensive coordinator; previous play-caller Robert Hellams was fired alongside Pierce.
Northwestern kicks off Region 4-5A play next week at home against Fort Mill.