Nation Ford broke open a tight game in the second half and Great Falls seemed to wear down Friday as the Falcons picked up their first win of the year 55-35 in the Red Devils' home opener in Pride Valley.
The Young Red Devils led 29-28 at the half after Shaq Lamar hit Isaiah Lynn on a two-point conversion with 12 seconds left. But they only managed one late touchdown with 4 minutes left in the fourth quarter, and by that time the outcome had been decided.
Great Falls outgained the Falcons in total yards, but lost on the scoreboard due to untimely turnovers and big plays. Nation Ford scored two touchdowns in 1:09 late in the first half, two more in 1:30 in the third quarter, and two in 14 seconds in the last minute of the game. Each time, the second TD came after a Red Devils fumble.
Falcons quarterback Thomas Condron stole the show with 224 total yards and a hand in five touchdowns and a two-point conversion. Jackson Gibson caught two of the touchdowns.
Great Falls' Terrell Huchinson had 96 yards receiving and two touchdowns in the first half , but was shut out after halftime.
NATION FORD 55 GREAT FALLS 35
NF–Jackson Gibson 40 pass from Thomas Condron (Trevor Witcher kick)
GF–Terrell Hutchinson 46 pass from Shaq Lamar (Cody Mobley kick)
NF–Travis Reid 24 pass from Condron (Witcher kick)
GF–Walter Lamar 10 run (pass failed)
GF–W. Lamar 7 run (Stevo Squirewell run)
NF–Gibson 33 pass from Condron (Witcher kick)
NF–Condron 2 run (Witcher kick)
GF–Hutchinson 13 pass from S. Lamar (Isaiah Lynn pass from S. Lamar)
NF–Condron 1 run (pass failed)
NF–Rob Munday 30 fumble recovery (Gibson pass from Condron)
GF–Xavier Holmes 5 pass from S. Lamar (run failed)
NF–J.J. McCullough 50 run (Witcher kick)
NF–Sean Potts-Harris 25 fumble recovery (kick failed)
RUSHING–Nation Ford: Condron 9-60, Gibson 6-40, McCullough 5-75, Brandon Sturdivant 1-6. Great Falls: S. Lamar 9-60, Lynn 12-72, Zack Barber 6-21, Walter Lamar 17-97, Shaq Simpson 1-2, Ernest Talford 3-4, Terrell Hutchinson 1-0, Tyrail Smith 1-3, Tracy Simpson 1-2, Team 1-(-1).
PASSING–Nation Ford: Condron 9-12-1-164. Great Falls: S. Lamar 7-15-0-147, Clark Schofield 1-2-0-8.
RECEIVING–Nation Ford: Will Ford 3-40, Gibson 2-73, McCullough 1-9, Nick Damm 2-38, Brandon Sturgis 1-4. Great Falls: Hutchinson 4-96, Holmes 4-59.
RECORDS–Great Falls 0-2; Nation Ford 1-1.
LANCASTER 32, ANDREW JACKSON 7 — In Kershaw, the Lancaster Bruins used a stifling defense and an overpowering ground game to blow out Andrew Jackson in the 40th meeting between the two teams.
Lancaster now holds a 29-11 advantage in the series.
The Bruins took advantage of two AJHS miscues and scored two safeties and had an electriyfing 76-yard kickoff return by Shaq Williams to complement a career night by Zed Truesdale. Truesdale blistered Andre Jackson with 22 carries for 223 yards and three touchdowns.
Defensively, the Bruins were led by Daniel Foster, Marshawn Rohney, and BreShawn Reed, all of whom delivered bonecrushing hits to the Volunteers. Rohney had a fumble recovery and a safety and Foster caused a fumble to set up Bruins scoring drives.
LANCASTER 32 ANDREW JACKSON 7
L–Zed Truesdale 67run (Alex Roach kick)
AJ–Darrian Henderson 1 run (Tyler Denkins kick)
L–Shaq Williams 78 kickoff return (Roach kick)
L–Truesdale 56 (Roach kick)
HV–Truesdale 10 run (Roach kick)
RUSHING–Lancaster: Truesdale 22-223 3 TD, Washington Kofi 5-43, Matt Reese 8-13, Mike Cooper 2-13, Brandon Reese 1-0, Derrick Kirkland 2-4, Q Degrafenreid 5-(-4). Andrew Jackson: Darian Henderson 14-(-54), Tyler Denkins 1-(-2), William Clyburn 1(-4), Jarvis Clyburn 3-16, Tremaine Jackson 4-1, Trent Flowers 2-2.
PASSING–Lancaster: Reese 1-7-1-14. Andrew Jackson: Henderson 12-25-0-125.
RECEIVING–Lancaster: Kuwaite Anthony 1-14. Andrew Jackson: Flowers 1-15, Jackson 1-15, Ryan Miller 3-32, Gavin Clyburn 3-16, William Clyburn 4-47.
RECORDS–Andrew Jackson 0-1; Lancaster 1-0.
WCCS 27, FORSYTH COUNTRY DAY 13 — In Winston-Salem, N.C., last year, the Westminster Catawba Indians won a grand total of two games. Last year, the Indians were clobbered by Forsyth Country Day 39-0.
This isn't last year.
With a new offense in place and fan support driving the team, the Indians avenged last season's loss 27-13 Friday night in the pouring rain and are now 2-0 to start the season.
“It's unreal,” said Westminster Catawba coach Ben McGarity. “That's two weeks in a row and two big conference wins. The defense played phenomenally. We probably caused five or six turnovers.”
The move to the wing-T also helped the Indians, according to McGarity.
“We're a ground team. We control the clock,” McGarity said. “We can break a team's back and it's not just relying on one guy. They never know where it's coming from.”
WESTMINSTER CATAWBA 27 FORSYTH COUNTRY DAY 13
WCCS–Josh Parker 6 run (kick failed)
WCCS–Ian Brandt 10 pass from Dan Casey (kick failed)
WCCS–Brodrique Moore 1 run (Wil Pickle kick)
WCCS–Cameron Adkins 7 run (Casey 2 run)Record: WCCS 2-0, 2-0 MAC