Ledford, East notch football wins
After jumping out to a two-touchdown lead, the Ledford Panthers appeared well on their way to an easy victory.
The team proceeded to finish the first half poorly, surrendering the lead and succumbing to a strong Western Guilford offense. Fortunately for the Panthers, the team righted the ship in the second half and came away with a 28-21 victory on Friday.
Ledford tailback Dalton Harris took the handoff on the first play from scrimmage and scampered 60 yards for the score, putting the Panthers out front early. George Melvin followed his teammate’s initial score with a big play of his own six minutes later, extending the lead with a 33-yard run.
The Hornets tied things at 14-14 on TD runs of 8 and 17 yards by tailback Rashad Bovian.
A 21-yard pass play from Hornets’ quarterback Tevan Evans to Keenen Stevens a minute before halftime capped the shift in momentum headed into the break.
Bubba White completed a 31-yard pass to set up 1st-and-goal for Ledford on the team’s first drive of the second half. On the next play, Harris scored his second touchdown of the game on a 7-yard run. The Panthers, however, could not execute the PAT and trailed by a point.
White left the game in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury. With a chance to retake the lead, backup quarterback Koby Younger and White fumbled an exchange at the Hornet 35 to kill a potentially game-saving drive.
Harris’ redemption came with 5:35 to go in the game when he broke through the line and ripped off a go-ahead, 19-yard TD run.
— DANIEL KENNEDY
The Thomasville Times
GOLDEN EAGLES SOAR PAST BULLDOGS
THOMASVILLE — East Davidson gladly welcomes Friday’s open date, but with the way the Golden Eagles have been performing this season they may want to skip it all together and keep playing.
Concluding its nonconference slate in the friendly confines of East Davidson Community Stadium, the Golden Eagles pounded their second straight opponent from Trinity, blasting the Bulldogs 44-13 Friday evening. Bryce Bolen eclipsed the century mark for a second consecutive week with 106 yards and a touchdown. Michael Ramos tallied two touchdowns by ground and air, Austin Wallace tossed for two scores on 160 yards passing, and linebacker Nathan Campbell picked off a pass and returned it for a score. He had a 3-yard TD run as well. East will enter its week off with an impressive 5-1 record, as momentum for the start of Central Carolina Conference play continues to build. Salisbury is first up on the conference schedule.
For Trinity (3-3), John Wagner finished 8 of 17 passing for 145 yards and one touchdown. Scott Dipilato had the TD catch for 34 yards, while Justin McCall had two catches for 65 yards on offense and five tackles and two assists on defense. Austin Thompson notched eight tackles (two assisted) and an interception for Trinity, whish enjoys an open date this week.
— ZACH KEPLEY
The Thomasville Times