Bison corral Cowboys, 35-15
The High Point Central football team did what it needed to do to win a share of its first conference title since 2004.
The Bison scored 28 straight points, including 14 straight in the second quarter to give them some breathing room, to beat Southwest Guilford 35-15 on Friday night at Southwest in the teams’ regular-season finale.
Jamiel Mack had 91 yards rushing and three touchdowns, plus 100 yards passing, to lead Central (8-3, 4-1 Piedmont Triad 4A), which tied with Northwest Guilford for the conference title and will likely host at least one playoff game once the playoffs start next week.
Chavis Little added 63 yards rushing, while Germaine Pratt had 48 yards receiving.
Rick Mack led the Cowboys (2-9, 0-5) with 81 yards and one TD rushing plus 59 yards receiving, while Ericc Cunningham added 36 yards rushing and one TD passing.
With the score tied 7-7 early in the second following a Southwest score, the Bison answered immediately with a five-play, 60-yard drive that was capped by a 35-yard score by Jamiel Mack. Mack faked the handoff, then burst through the line and raced down the right half.
Then, after punting of its next drive, Central scored a TD off its defense — Josh Wilson forcing a fumble in the backfield, and Tim Ward scooping it up and running 20 yards untouched into the end zone to help the Bison lead 21-7 into halftime.
In the third, following a three-and-out and a short punt, Central went 34 yards in seven plays. Jamiel Mack scored his third TD of the game on a 4-yard plow up the middle. Then, two drives later, Kavin Logan capped a six-play drive with a 38-yard TD run around the left to lead 35-7.
Rick Mack finally broke through in the final minutes of the fourth for the Cowboys, who also scored on TD catch by Colson Weeks from Cunningham in the second. Rick Mack hauled in a 36-yard toss and then scored from 8 yards out on the next play.
The NCHSAA is expected to release the brackets for all divisions this weekend (usually a first version appears Saturday, which is then changed and finalized later).
HP Central 35, SW Guilford 15
HPC 7 14 14 0 — 35
SWG 0 7 0 8 — 15
HPC — Mack 5 run (Locke kick), 4:01 first
SWG — Weeks 2 pass from Cunningham (Cheviron kick), 10:17 second
HPC — Mack 35 run (Locke kick), 9:05 second
HPC — Ward 20 fumble recovery (Locke kick), 1:50 second
HPC — Mack 4 run (Locke kick), 7:29 third
HPC — Logan 38 run (Locke kick), 1:20 third
SWG — Mack 8 run (two-point conversion), 1:30 fourth