Bison zap Red Raiders, 27-7
Trailing by one at halftime, High Point Central controlled much of the third quarter to overtake archrival T.W. Andrews 27-7 in both teams’ season opener Friday at A.J. Simeon Stadium.
The Bison, trailing 7-6, scored touchdowns twice in the third — both on runs by quarterback Jamiel Mack in his first varsity start — to build a 20-7 lead. Mack, who also threw for 180 yards and two TDs, ran for scores of 5 yards and 24 yards.
Charles Edmond also finished with six catches for 132 yards and one TD for Central, which also trailed 7-6 at halftime last year and won 17-6. Marquell Cartwright ran for 157 yards and a first-half TD to lead the Red Raiders.
Andrews scored on its first drive of the game, going 46 yards in nine plays. Cartwright scored on a toss sweep left from 3 yards out to give the Red Raiders a 7-0 lead with 7:03 left in the first.
Central, however, answered immediately with a 73-yard drive in eight plays. Mack connected with Edmond for a 33-yard score, but the Bison bobbled the point-after and settled for 7-6 deficit.
After forcing the Red Raiders to punt to start the second half, Central went 92 yards in seven plays, keyed by a short toss from Mack to Edmond for 45 yards, and went ahead on Mack’s 5-yard score.
The Bison, two possessions later, went 58 yards on seven plays, scoring on Mack’s 24-yard weave up the middle for a 20-7 lead. Central then added a fourth-quarter TD on a 7-yard toss from Mack to Germaine Pratt.
Next week, Andrews hosts its other crosstown rival, Southwest Guilford, while the Bison visit Asheboro.