Cowboys triumph in Rainey’s coaching debut
SW GUILFORD 28, ROCKINGHAM COUNTY 14
WENTWORTH — Southwest Guilford made sure the Eric Rainey era opened in victorious fashion.
Eric Cunningham rushed for 122 yards and a 27-yard touchdown and Christian Shipman added 14 carries for 92 yards and TDs of 8 and 15 yards as the Cowboys rolled past Rockingham County 28-14 on Friday night.
Tamarius Howze closed the Cowboy scoring with a 15-yard fourth-quarter touchdown in the season opener for both schools.
Southwest Guilford plays T.W. Andrews at Simeon Stadium on Friday.
HPCA 58, VILLAGE CHRISTIAN 0
FAYETTEVILLE — High Point Christian Academy cruised to a 58-0 victory over Village Christian in the regular-season opener for both schools on Friday night.
HPCA plays host to Lake Norman Charter on Friday.
BARTLETT YANCEY 28, WHEATMORE 20
YANCEYVILLE — Bartlett Yancey edged Wheatmore 28-20 in the regular-season opener for both teams on Friday night.
The Warriors fell in Jason Bear Bradley’s debut as head coach.
Wheatmore plays at Central Davidson on Friday.
GLENN 36, PARKLAND 0
WINSTON-SALEM — Glenn raced past Parkland for a 36-0 win in the opener for both schools on Friday night.
Glenn visits West Forsyth on Friday.
LEDFORD 34, WEST DAVIDSON 14
WALLBURG — As a dark storm cloud loomed on the eastern horizon, the Ledford Panthers found themselves trailing a mere 18 seconds into their season.
While the seemingly inevitable storm never truly found its rain legs, the Panthers discovered their groove on both sides on the ball in a decisive 34-14 victory over the West Davidson Green Dragons.
“I think that’s the mark of an experienced team,” Ledford coach Chris Adams said. “We just had to get settled down. The kids came out a little ancy. We started letting the game come to us and were able to do some good things.”
Ledford’s visitors from Tyro delivered the season’s first big play right out of the gates as Graham Shoaf connected with Zach Queen on a 78-yard touchdown strike on the game’s opening play from scrimmage. A two-point conversion put West up 8-0 before most fans found their seats.
“Ironically, the same thing happened to us last year when we played them,” said Adams. “They scored on the very first play and after that we pretty much controlled the game. I don’t know how to explain it.”
Not much went right for the Dragons after that.
Junior Dalton Harris capped a six play, 65-yard drive with a short touchdown run, pulling the Panthers within a point, 8-7. After getting burned on the opening play, the Ledford defense tightened up, forcing consecutive 3-and-outs.
“After the first play we really settled down and played well defensively,” Adams said. “We had too many penalties in the second half, but tha’ts typical of the first game.”
On the Panther’s third possession, Harris broke free on a third and 3 from midfield for a 49-yard touchdown, giving Ledford its first lead, a honor it would not relinquish.
“The line was blocking was for me,” Harris said after rushing for 144 yards on 13 carries. “They were doing their job up front and it let me do my job in the backfield. We didn’t lose our composure and we continued to fight throughout the game.”
Senior George Melvin midway through the second quarter sprang a 75-yard touchdown on first down, starting a string of scores that quickly turned the game into a blowout. Less than five minutes later, Harris tacked on his third touchdown of the first half, capping a 10 play, 87-yard drive.
“We were able to run the football and complete a few passes to keep them honest,” said Adams. “I can’t say enough about how well Dalton ran. If they’re running well, it means the guys up front are blocking good.”
Bubba White with 1:46 remaining in the second quarter found fellow senior Austin Humphries for a 56-yard score, swelling the Panther lead to 34-8 as a slight drizzle started misting the field.
Ledford hosts North Davidson next Friday night.
Ledford entertains North Davidson on Friday.
— Eliot Duke
The Thomasville Times
EAST DAVIDSON 44, SOUTH DAVIDSON 0
DENTON — Whatever nerves East Davidson’s Vance Hanner may have felt before his head coaching debut Friday night, were quickly calmed by a dominant performance from his bunch.
Accumulating 384 yards of offense with 308 coming on the ground, the Golden Eagles controlled tempo and the front line en route to a season-opening 44-0 blowout of South Davidson at Briggs Stadium. Bryce Bolen finished with two touchdowns in racking up 108 yards on three carries. Michael Ramos added 94 yards on six carries and a score.
With the run game looking like a well oiled machine, East tried its hand at passing. That worked pretty well, too. Austin Wallace connected with Kelvin Pena on consecutive 38-yard scoring passes. With two Andrew Hoosier extra points added on, East led 34-0.
“I was very pleased with the effort,” said Hanner. “Both Bolen and Ramos ran very hard for us. When we had to pass the ball early, we threw it and had some success. Those are the things we have got to do.”
The Eagle defense barely allowed South breathing room, holding the Wildcats to 94 total yards on offense.
East hosts Providence Grove on Friday night.
— Zach Kepley
The Thomasville Times
NORTH DAVIDSON 34, THOMASVILLE 0
WELCOME — On the first play from scrimmage for North Davidson, Kennedy McKoy took the handoff and darted around the right side, breaking free for a 21-yard touchdown run.
It was just that kind of night Friday for the Thomasville Bulldogs at Palmer Field, as they were handed a 34-0 defeat in Week 1.
The 4A powerhouse did not play like a team that was among the final four teams competing for a state championship last season. As it turns out, it did not have to in a game that saw Thomasville deal with some jitters on opening night.
Special teams woes for Thomasville directly led to a pair of scores for its opponent. A punt that netted zero yards set up the Black Knights’ first touchdown. Turnovers also helped write the script. Perhaps the most problematic, however, were breakdowns in the backfield that forced THS players to run for their lives.
The Bulldogs were unable to keep North’s defensive line, led by Shy Tuttle, from barging through the line of scrimmage. Thomasville attempted to establish the running game early, but was unsuccessful at finding holes for tailback Demoris Payne.
Thomasville plays host to Mount Airy on Friday.
— Daniel Kennedy
The Thomasville Times
EASTERN GUILFORD 29, SOUTHERN GUILFORD 20
GIBSONVILLE — Eastern Guilford rallied from an early 13-3 deficit to top Southern Guilford 29-20 in the regular-season opener for both schools on Friday night.
Reggie Gallaspy rushed for 248 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries for the Storm. Gallaspy scored from 3, 1 and 37 yards out.
Khayree Lundy scored on fumble recoveries of 10 and 62 yards for the Wildcats.
Southern visits Grimsley on Friday.
BISHOP 34, COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF DAVIDSON CHARTER 16
DAVIDSON — Christian Stoltz rushed 12 times for 106 yards and scored two touchdowns to spark Bishop McGuinness to a 34-16 victory over Community School of Davidson Charter on Friday night.
Logan Howard booted field goals of 28 and 26 yards for the Villains (1-0), while Greg Salomon carried 14 times for 96 yards and one TD. Andrew Rowley added a 1-yard touchdown run for Bishop, which led 31-0 after three quarters and amassed 352 rushing yards.
Bishop plays host to Trinity on Friday.
TRINITY WALLOPS NORTH MOORE
TRINITY — The Clayton Trivett coaching era at Trinity got off to a solid start Friday night.
The Bulldogs dominated North Moore from the start, scoring four touchdowns and a safety in the first quarter, and rolled to a 46-14 victory at the “Dog Pit.”
The loss was the 33rd straight on the field for the Mustangs.
D.J. Pratt and Justin McCall each scored twice in the early barrage. Pratt ended with 209 yards rushing.
RAGSDALE AT GRIMSLEY (POSTPONED)
GREENSBORO — Friday night’s Ragsdale at Grimsley game has been rescheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m.
Ragsdale then plays host to Dudley on Friday.
WESTCHESTER 11, NEW GARDEN FRIENDS 1
HIGH POINT — Wyatt Lansford scored three goals and Daniel Ogden added two goals as Westchester Country Day School rolled past New Garden Friends 11-1 on Friday night.
Sam Argo, Hunter Heinbach, Ryeong Choi, Ryan Beale, Laieke Abebe and Tommy Frungillo had two goals each for the Wildcats (2-1). Heinbach, Argo and Choi dished two assists apiece, while Baxter Bruggeworth, Tommy Boggis, Beale and Arinze Chukwuma added one assist eacj.
Cameron White and Will Argo split the goalkeeping chores for WCDS.
PROVIDENCE DAY 1, HPCA 0
RALEIGH — Providence Day winger Tanner Love scored in the 20th minute to get the lone goal against High Point Christian Academy in the opening round of the 41st annual Ravenscroft High school soccer tournament.
Despite great defensive play from Andrew Migliardi, Wade Curlee, and Ryan Scott and 10 saves from Goal Keeper Damon Jenkins, the Cougars dropped to 0-2 after the loss and moved into the losers bracket of the tournament.
HPCA 4, GREENFIELD SCHOOL 0
RALEIGH — Zach Hamiliton scored twice and got one assist while leading the cougars to a 4-0 victory over Greenfield School, the top 1A private school in N.C.
Noah Patterson and Ryan Scott also scored while Casey Penland and Jacob Akes had assists. Cole Scarborough and Ben Hardee starred defensively and Damon Jenkins secured the shutout in goal. HPCA improves to 1-2 and plays Fayetteville Academy in the tournament under bracket final today.
WEST FORSYTH 6, BISHOP 1
WINSTON-SALEM — West Forest downed Bishop McGuinness 6-1 in the Forsyth County Invitational on Friday.
John Boyle scored for the Villains.
WESLEYAN JAYVEES 4, N. RALEIGH CHRISTIAN 0
RALEIGH — Bailey Allred, Evan Allred, Wes Williams and J.B. Amos scored as the Wesleyan Christian Academy junior varsity downed North Raleigh Christian 4-0 on Friday.
Drew Glover dished two assists for the Trojans (2-0), while Evan Allred had one. Luke Davis made three saves in goal for WCA, which plays at Calvary Baptist on Monday at 4:30 p.m.
CAROLINA FRIENDS 8, WESTCHESTER 1
HIGH POINT — Westchester Country Day School fell 8-1 to visiting Carolina Friends on Friday.
Avery Keefe won in singles for the Wildcats, who visit Burlington Christian on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
LEDFORD 8, E. DAVIDSON 1
WALLBURG – Ledford won all but one singles match and defeated rival East Davidson 8-1 on Thursday.
Singles winners for the Panthers were Taylor Freeman, Erin Crotts, Emma Caroline Russell, Sarah Richardson and Katie Wilson. Freeman/Elizabeth Stroup, Crotts/Russell, and Richardson/Wilson swept the doubles matches.
Brooklyn Hopkins took a singles match for the Golden Eagles.
Ledford, which opened the season with a 9-0 win over North Forsyth, improved to 2-0 and opens conference play against visiting Southern Guilford on Monday,
BISHOP MCGUINNESS 7, NORTH STOKES 2
DANBURY — Bishop McGuinness opened its season with a 7-2 win at North Stokes late Thursday.
Kyndall Cortes, Morgan Auger, Anna Owen, Adaire Hudson and Nicole Saia won in singles for the Villains.
Cortes/Owen and Auger/Hudson prevailed in doubles.
CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN 5, HPCA 4
HIGH POINT – Charlotte Christian netted a 5-4 win over High Point Christian Academy late Thursday.
Andrea Lo/Mariana Gamboa, Madison Yates/Alexa Dickerson and Grace Anne Flater/Julia Eanes won in doubles for the Cougars. Dickerson prevailed in singles.
WESLEYAN DEF. SW GUILFORD
HIGH POINT — Welseyan Christian topped host Southwest Guilford 25-16, 25-13, 25-17 on Thursday.
The Trojans (3-0) played well all-around, coach Lindsay Hall said. Jordan Richmond had five kills and 12 digs for the Cowgirls (1-2).
Wesleyan plays again Saturday in an all-day tournament at Providence Day. Southwest plays Monday at home against Eastern Guilford.
VILLAGE CHRISTIAN DEF. HP CHRISTIAN
FAYETTEVILLE – Village Christian topped High Point Christian 25-17, 25-20, 17-25, 25-23 on Thursday,
Leaders for HPCA (1-1) included Sydney Rowan (11 kills, 19 digs), Olivia Owen (six aces) and Rachel Cox (21 assists).
HPCA plays again today in an all-day tournament at Providence Day.
TRINTY DEF. SE GUILFORD
TRINITY – Trinity swept visiting Southeast Guilford 25-8, 25-14, 25-21 on Thursday.
Leaders for the Bulldogs included Erin Hodges (19 service points, six aces, Casey Davis (13 service points, two aces and 11 kills) and Shay Felder (six assists).
RAGSDALE DEF. S. GUILFORD
JAMESTOWN – Ragsdale outlasted Southern Guilford 28-26, 22-25, 25-17, 25-17 in nonconference action on Thursday night.
Leaders for the Tigers were Bojo Jada (11 kills, eight blocks), Tessa Platek (10 kills), Mikayla Pettyjohn (nine kills, six blocks) and Erin Whitman (eight kills).
Ragsdale (3-0) plays hosts to Trinity on Monday. Southern dropped to 2-1.
AT SANDY RIDGE
COLFAX — The Wesleyan Christian boys and Southwest Guilford girls teams won during a five-team meet at Wesleyan’s future school site.
The Trojans boys had 40 points, trailed by Southwest Guilford with 45, Western Guilford with 73, Walkertown with 75 and High Point Home Educators with 143.
The Cowgirls won with 28 points, followed by Western Guilford with 45 and Wesleyan with 63.
In the boys race, Southwest Guilford’s Zachary Patel won with a 18:48.49. Wesleyan’s Ben Hostetler was second, followed by Bradley Davis in fourth and Michael Ashburn in sixth. Southwest’s Nolan Patrick was fifth.
In the girls race, which was won by Western Guilford’s Cassidy Harding, Southwest’s Carmen Davis was second, Kayleigh Kellum fifth, Claudia Lugo sixth, Kostantina Sarrimanol seventh, Mollie Grose eighth, Megan Shina ninth and Kyle Jones 10th. Wesleyan’s Maddie Cashion was fourth.
AT PINE BROOK CC
WINSTON-SALEM — Glenn finished in the middle of a five-team match Thursday at Pine Brook Country Club.
The Bobcats were third with a 154, trailing Reagan with a 121 and Elkin with a 140 but beating Northwest Guilford with a 156 and Mount Tabor with a 157.
Taylor Strassburg led Glenn with a 49, tying for seventh, while Savannah Gilbert added a 50 in ninth.