Red Raiders rumble past Bulldogs
Twenty-six players celebrated Senior Night in style Friday as T. Wingate Andrews romped to a 73-14 victory over Trinity.
The Red Raiders swept through the PAC-6 for a second straight year and enter the playoffs with a 9-1 record and plenty of momentum when the pairings are announced today. Andrews scored on all five of its first-quarter possessions for a 34-0 lead and found the end zone three more times in the second quarter to make it 54-0 at halftime. Senior Marquell Cartwright scored on runs of 39, 3, 7, 21 and 17 yards. Junior Rontei Wilkes added scoring runs of 2 and 51 yards, and sophomore Jahmad Cherry scored from 23 yards out.
Andrews gained 448 yards on 24 plays in the first half, while Trinity managed 31 yards on 35 snaps. A running clock slowed the Raiders’ attack in the second quarter and for all of the second half.
Later touchdowns came from senior Jevontae Murray (1 and 45 yards) and freshman Travis Steele (25 yards on the game’s final play), and junior kicker James Rucker converted five PATs.
Trinity scored on the first play of the fourth quarter when senior Coleman Hutchins fought off a defensive back to reel in an 11-yard toss from junior QB Aaron Cox. Cox added a 21-yard TD toss to junior AJ Patron later in the quarter.
HPCA FALLS TO CHRIST SCHOOL
ARDEN — High Point Christian Academy’s season ended with a 38-8 first-round NCISAA Division II playoff loss to Christ School on Friday night.
The sixth-seeded Cougars finish 3-7. The third-seeded Greenies improve to 7-2.
THOMASVILLE ROLLS IN FINALE
LEXINGTON – A stable of five running backs led Thomasville to a definitive 21-7 win over Lexington on Friday night in the final game of the regular season at Philpott Stadium.
Akeem Davis scored a pair of touchdowns – one rushing and one receiving – in the first quarter, and the Bulldogs never looked back in a rout of their Central Carolina 2-A Conference foes.
Tyquan Anderson started the game at tailback for Thomasville before ceding the majority of meaningful carries to Davis, who burst through the line for a 9-yard run with 8:07 remaining in the opening frame for the Bulldogs’ first score. Davis revisited the end zone four minutes later when he caught a 15-yard pass from quarterback Jalen Jenkins. Defended by Sakeem McIntosh on the play, Davis snatched it away from McIntosh as he made a play on the ball.
Ja’hare Taylor Thomas, a diminutive freshman tailback, showed why coaches at Thomasville are excited about his potential. He made an exceptional play in the second quarter, dashing around the outside and dodging tacklers as he broke into the open field for an 18-yard TD run.
DJ Spann and Demoris Payne helped to keep the clock moving in the second half. Both had solid performances churning out tough yards between the tackles.
The Yellow Jackets (1-10, 1-4 CCC 2-A) put together a nice drive midway through the second quarter that was foiled by a backbreaking holding penalty inside the Bulldogs’ 10-yard line. Following the penalty, a sack took them out of field goal range and a pass on 4th-and-goal from the 25 fell harmlessly to the ground.
Lexington senior Raekwon Byrd ran for more than 100 yards and took the reins at quarterback late in the fourth quarter. He led the Yellow Jackets down the field on its only scoring drive, punching it into the end zone on a 1-yard run with three minutes remaining.
An inconsistent passing game was the only noticeable flaw for Thomasville, as it has been throughout this season. If Jenkins, who had little time to throw Friday, is able to produce another element to a one-dimensional offense and Thomas continues to emerge as a dynamic weapon, the Bulldogs could string together consecutive wins in the postseason.
Thomasville (5-6, 4-1 CCC) will learn who it will play in its NCHSAA first-round matchup when seedings and pairings are announced Saturday.
— DANIEL KENNEDY
THE THOMASVILLE TIMES
LEDFORD SLIPS PAST NORTH FORSYTH
WINSTON-SALEM — Ledford closed its regular season in style, edging Mid-Piedmont 3A Conference rival North Forsyth 29-28 on Friday night.
The Panthers improved to 7-4, 4-2. The league regular-season champion Vikings fell to 6-5, 5-1.
BISHOP ROUTS NORTH STOKES
DANBURY — Bishop McGuinness cruised past North Stokes for a 42-14 win in the regular-season finale for both schools on Friday night.
Christian Stoltz rushed for 83 yards and four touchdowns on eight carries for the Villains (7-4, 3-2 Northwest 1A Conference). Joe McNamara carried four times for 105 yards and a TD, while Lewis Drane added a 10-yard scoring run for Bishop.
Alex Zoretich made three sacks for the Villains, who await their first-round NCHSAA playoff draw.
RAGSDALE NIPS GLENN, 28-24
WINSTON-SALEM — Ragsdale edged Glenn 28-24 in the regular-season finale for both schools on Friday night.
The Tigers improved to 4-7, 2-3. The Bobcats fell to 4-7, 2-3.
EAST DAVIDSON CRUISES PAST WEST
TYRO — East Davidson capped a nine-win regular season with a 35-18 Central Carolina 2A Conference victory at West Davidson on Friday night.
The Golden Eagles improved to 9-2, 3-2. The Green Dragons slipped to 4-7, 0-5.