The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

October 16, 2012

North’s hopes of playoffs dashed in loss

By Dan O'Neal for the SNAP

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 — This is the time within the high school football season that many teams are vying for their position in the state playoffs. What makes this such a challenge is that in North Carolina, teams in the 2A classification and above must win a minimum of four games in order to qualify for the playoffs.

As North Stanly entered Friday night’s home contest against their Rocky River Conference nemesis, the Piedmont Panthers, a Comets victory would put them into possible playoff contention.

Given this cross-county rivalry, North Stanly would certainly take great pleasure in beating Piedmont even in a snowboarding competition.

Therefore, since it has been since a 27-14 win on Oct. 23, 1992 that North had defeated Piedmont in football, winning Friday night would not only bring about solace but also great satisfaction to Comets Nation.

Sadly, that would not be the case for the Comets Friday night as they fell to the Panthers from Piedmont High School by a convincing margin of 40-3.

The Panthers did not make any spectacular plays in this contest tonight at the Jeffrey; they simply made plays and prevented North from doing so.

Piedmont’s defense was very stingy in their play tonight, holding freshman running back Antonio Williams to only 63 yards on 21 carries.

They also limited the Comets offense to a total of 97 yards and only 8 first downs while surrendering 413 yards to the Panthers offense.

Amidst the sea of pink tonight at North as October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Comets lone score came in the second quarter as kicking sensation Andrew Gibson booted a 34 yarder at the 6:36 mark. Gibson also averaged 53.5 yards on punts.

The Comets did give the Jeffrey crowd a big thrill by shocking everyone with an onside kick to begin the second half, which they recovered. Unfortunately, they would turn the football over on downs.

It should also be noted that the North Stanly Band gave outstanding pre-game and halftime performances. Future Comets players and cheerleaders were also featured as the North Stanly Youth Leagues were introduced.

“We got beat by a better team tonight. We just have to work harder and move forward,” Comets Head Coach Ralph Jackson said.”

The Comets will get that opportunity to move forward at 7:30 p.m. this Friday as they will face the Forest Hills Yellow Jackets out of Marshville.

P    6    13    14    7    40

NS    3    0    0    0    3

P – Fisher 3 run (kick failed), :26, 1st

NS – Andrew Gibson FG 34, 6:36, 2nd

P – Purser 15 pass from Baucom (Salley kick), 5:35, 2nd

P – Green 58 pass from Tripp (conv. failed), :03, 2nd

P – Gentry 46 run (Salley kick), 9:21, 3rd

P – Gentry 2 run (Salley kick), 6:17, 3rd

P – Baucom 5 run (Salley kick), 11:54, 4th

Team Stats

    P    NS

1st Downs    13    8

Rushing    34-252    39-71

Passing    161    26

C-A-I    6-11-0    3-20-0

Penalties    10-90    6-55

3rd Down    3-8    4-14

4th Down    0-0    2-2

TOP    19:20    28:40

Return Yds.    36    86

Individual Statistics

Rushing: P – Gentry 12-178, 2 TD; Fisher 8-26, TD; Baucom 6-21, TD; Tripp 3-7; Long 3-10; Barnette 2-10. NS – Williams 21-63; Lunsford 5-(-6); Caulder 3-(-7); Cox 3-5; Reed 3-8; Brunner 2-6; Crisco 2-3.

Passing: P – Baucom 4-9-0, 118 yds, TD; Tripp 2-2-0, 43 yds, TD. NS – Caulder 2-5-0, 13 yds., Lunsford 0-11-0 0 yds.; Crisco 1-4-0, 13 yds.

Receiving: P – Ivey 2-27; Gentry 1-23; Purser 1-20, TD; Lewis 1-58, TD; Greene 1-33. NS – Fesperman 2-13; Caulder 1-13.