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High School Football
South Pointe 35, Nation Ford 21
The South Pointe Stallions broke a 14-14 halftime tie with three touchdowns in the second half and topped the Nation Ford Falcons 35-21 in a non-region game at Nation Ford Friday night.
The Falcons struck first. After the teams exchanged possessions, Gabe Huitt passed to Petey Tuipulotu for nine yards and a score. After Quinn Castner kicked the PAT, Nation Ford led 7-0 with 4:07 remaining in the first period.
South Pointe tied the count at 7-7 with 11:53 left in the second quarter. O’mega Blake, who came in when Stallions’ starting quarterback Tahleek Steele was injured, scampered in from 11 yards out. Wyatt Grantham kicked the extra point to tie the score.
The Falcons did not waste any time scoring to take a 14-7 advantage. Nathan Mahaffey rambled 66 yards for the touchdown, and Castner added the extra point with 11:04 to play in the first half.
After a pair of possessions by each team, South Pointe tied the game at 14-14 with 4:06 left until intermission. Blake got the touchdown from two yards out and Grantham kicked the PAT.
Late in the first half the Stallions threatened, but could not score. Blake had a long pass completion called back by a holding call. Several plays later he completed another long pass for a touchdown, but it was nullified by another holding penalty.
The Stallions took over the game in the final two periods. They drove 86 yards on their second possession in the third quarter to take a 22-14 lead with 3:39 left in the period. Blake scampered in from four yards out for the touchdown, and the Stallions’ Kobe Shannon picked up a fumbled snap on the extra point attempt and raced in for the two-point conversion.
South Pointe forced a Falcons’ punt and hammered out a 90-yard drive to up the count to 28-14 with 9:23 remaining in the contest. Blake capped the march with a three-yard run, but the try for two failed.
The Falcons answered on their next possession. They stormed 78 yards for a score to cut the deficit to 28-21 with 5:05 showing on the clock. Huitt hooked up with Tuipulotu on a 30-yard pass play and Castner tacked on the PAT.
The Stallions had an answer. They marched 89 yards for a score and a 35-21 lead with 55 seconds left in the game. Blake put the finishing touches on his outstanding night by passing to Shy’Quan Ferguson for 47 yards for the score. Grantham capped off the scoring with the PAT.
South Pointe is 3-0 on the year, while Nation Ford is 2-1.
Dorman 41, Northwestern 14
The Dorman Cavaliers broke a 7-7 tie after one quarter and toppled the Northwestern Trojans 41-14 in a non-region game at Dorman Friday night.
The Trojans took a 7-0 lead with 6:53 left in the first period when Zaylan Page, who finished with 61 yards rushing on 14 attempts, scored from one yard out and Nick Acus added the extra point. The scoring drive covered 39 yards and took nine plays.
Dorman tied the game at 7-7 when Kendall Norman returned a Trojan punt 68 yards for a score. Omar Kahn tacked on the PAT with 24 seconds left in the opening quarter.
The Cavaliers erupted for 20 points in the second quarter to take a 27-7 lead to the dressing room at intermission.
Rashad Durrah, who rushed for 103 yards on 17 carries on the night, scored the first two touchdowns. Both scores came from one yard out. Hayden Lee, who competed eight of 20 passes for 154 yards in the game, passed to Norman for 40 yards to complete the first half scoring.
Riley Duran, who completed 14 of 21 passes for 121 yards in the contest, passed to Ger-Cari Caldwell for 23 yards and a touchdown to open the third quarter scoring. Caldwell led the Trojans in receiving with six catches for 55 yards. Acus kicked the PAT to cut the deficit to 27-17 with 4:42 left in the third stanza. That drive covered 48 yards and required only four snaps.
Dorman pulled away with a pair of scores in the fourth period. Chance Black scored on an 11-yard run, and Durrah capped off the night with a 23-yard scamper.
Northwestern had 18 first down to 14 for Dorman. The Cavaliers had 348 total yards to 241 for the Trojans.
Dorman is 3-0 on the year, while Northwestern dropped to 0-3.
Clover 34, South Point (NC) 7
Clover came into their game Friday night as the “obvious” winner, and proved everyone right.
The Red Raiders hosted the Clover Blue Eagles in a non-conference game.
Clover opened the game with an immediate 85 yard kick return for a touchdown from Zaccheus Davis. That soon was followed by Gabe Carroll throwing a touchdown pass to Jaylin Lane putting the score at 13-0.
The second quarter consisted mostly of the ball going back and forth between the teams.
Although Clover struggled with several penalties, they ended the second quarter with another touchdown from Caroll to Lane, and leading 20-0 at the half.
The third quarter stayed pretty quiet, until Clover scored again with 10 seconds left. The third quarter ended with Lane’s third touchdown of the game, putting the score at 27-0.
The Red Raiders put themselves on the board with a 17 yard rushing touchdown from Hunter Hogue in the fourth quarter.
However, the Eagles put the nail in the coffin with a touchdown from David Hall, ending the game with a score 34-7.
York 28, Indian Land 8
The York Cougars scored four touchdowns to hand the Indian Land Warriors their first loss of the season -- 28-8.
After a scoreless game last week, the York Cougars scored 3 unanswered touchdowns in the first half versus the Indian Land Warriors. The 0-2 Cougars started the game with intensity, while the 2-0 Warriors lacked the vigor they possessed the last two games.
The Cougars’ run game helped them dominate the first quarter. That attack included a 30-yard touchdown run by running back Jordan Burris. With the extra point, the Cougars led 7-0.
The Warriors’ offense was less successful, having punted the ball three times in the first quarter. The third punt led to a a 33-yard run by quarterback Colby Clayton to start the second quarter. The drive ended with a 23-yard touchdown run by tight end Khalil Ellis. The extra point made the score 14-0. The Warriors’ fumbled their next possession and set up a touchdown by Clayton to spread the score to 21-0 at the half.
The Cougars’ offense slowed in the second half as they went scoreless in the third quarter. The Warriors posted points unconventionally, with a safety from a high snap that slipped into the end zone. They trailed 21-2 into the fourth.
York quarterback Blake Goode started a scoring drive with passes of 29 and 25 yards to wide receiver Jacob Cooley in the fourth quarter. Wide receiver Deaviaun Qwiy scored the touchdown to give Indian Land 8 unanswered points. The extra point attempt failed.
Despite glimpses of hope for Indian Land, Clayton sealed a great road win for York with a 67-yard touchdown.
Rock Hill 43, Chester 12
Fort Mill 24, Lancaster 14
Charlotte Latin 27, Catawba Ridge 7
Great Falls 32, Lewisville 26, OT
Metrolina Christian 38, Legion Collegiate 12