Asheboro holds off Ledford, 21-14
Asheboro scored 14 straight points in the fourth quarter and hung on to defeat Ledford 21-14 on homecoming on Friday night at Ledford.
Quarterback Shyheim Lineberry ran for a 16-yard score for the Blue Comets (5-2, 1-1 MPC) with 9:18 left in the game, then he connected with receiver Emmanuel Jones for a 64-yarder down the left sideline to lead 21-7 with 6:26 lead.
The Panthers (4-3, 1-2 MPC) did answer with a 15-yard score from Bubba White to Austin Stilley with 3:45 left and forced Asheboro to turn the ball over on downs with 5.6 seconds left on their own 29. But they couldn’t get more than a rushed pass off at the horn that fell incomplete.
Stilley finished with 81 yards and a TD rushing, while Dalton Harris added 54 to lead Ledford. Lineberry completed 11 of 14 passes for 234 yards and two TDs — both to Jones, who had 124 yards receiving — to lead the Blue Comets.
In the first half, Asheboro, which twice turned the ball over in the game, scored on its first drive, going 48 yards on five plays. Lineberry threw a perfect lob to receiver Jones for a 29-yard score with 6:36 left in the first.
Ledford twice had chances to score midway through the half, piecing together a strong drive to close the first and open the second. White connected with receiver Austin Humphries for a 10-yard toss over the top, but the play was flagged for interference.
That pushed the Panthers back, forcing them to eventually try a 34-yard field goal with 5:30 left in the second. But the kick sailed wide left, and the Blue Comets went into halftime leading 7-0.
Ledford plays again Friday at Southwestern Randolph.
RED RAIDERS ROMP PAST PATRIOTS
CLIMAX — T.W. Andrews quickly dismissed any notion of a Providence Grove upset, rolling to a 47-6 victory in the PAC6 2A opener for both teams on Friday night.
Helped by two Patriot turnovers, the Red Raiders (5-1, 1-0) scored three touchdowns in a 1:40 span of the first quarter.
Senior quarterback Lamar Raynard tossed three touchdown passes, while senior running back Marquell Cartwright rushed for three TDs and Rontei Wilkes added a rushing score.
The Patriots fell to 1-6, 0-1.
Andrews plays host to Randleman on Friday night.
— GREER SMITH
ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER
BOBCATS CELEBRATE HOMECOMING WITH WIN
KERNERSVILLE — Glenn opened up conference play with a bang Friday night, defeating Southwest Guilford 35-24, while celebrating its homecoming.
After giving up two touchdowns early in the first quarter, the Bobcats responded with a big second quarter by holding Southwest Guilford to negative offensive yardage and scored three unanswered touchdowns.
Southwest committed two special team gaffes in the second quarter – allowing a punt return for a touchdown, and fumbling a kickoff that led to an easy Bobcat touchdown.
Glenn’s DJ Miller ran for 112 yards on nine carries and a touchdown to lead the way on offense. Glenn has now won the past five meetings between the two Piedmont Triad 4A Conference rivals.
Rick Mack caught a touchdown and ran in a touchdown for Southwest (2-5, 0-1). The Cowboys will play Ragsdale Friday night to continue conference play, and Glenn will face conference heavyweight East Forsyth.
— PATRICK BUDD
SPECIAL TO THE ENTERPRISE
THOMASVILLE CRUSHES WEST, 33-6
THOMASVILLE — Thomasville’s four-game losing streak is history.
The Bulldogs opened their Central Carolina Conference schedule Friday night at Cushwa Stadium with a much-needed 33-6 victory over the West Davidson Green Dragons. Thomasville started the season losing five of six games, including its last four, but the Bulldogs now are 1-0 in the CCC with plenty of reason for optimism heading down the stretch.
Led by the dynamic running back duo of senior Demoris Payne and sophomore D.J. Spann, Thomasville’s offense finally gave its defense enough support in a key win to start CCC play. Spann and Payne rushed for 159 and 101 yards, respectively.
Thomasville travels to East Davidson Friday night for an epic Chair City showdown.
— ELIOT DUKE
THE THOMASVILLE TIMES
GALLASPY SPARKS STORM PAST SPARTANS
GREENSBORO — Reggie Gallaspy rushed 34 times for 233 yards and scored three touchdowns as Southern Guilford downed Central Davidson 28-21 on Friday night.
Gallaspy scored from 35, 27 and 2 yards out for the Storm (4-4, 2-1 Mid-Piedmont 3A Conference). Terrell Hair caught a 42-yard TD pass from Quentin Mitchem for Southern, which visits Asheboro on Friday night.
The Spartans fell to 3-4, 2-1.