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September 3, 2013

North Stanly loses home opener to Randleman

Sunday, September 1, 2013 — Not since the 1998 season has North Stanly began with a 2-0 record. The Comets, winning their opener 14-0 in the last 14 minutes at Central Academy, were looking to establish a new winning streak.

Despite some outstanding plays made by the Comets offensive unit, it did not happen as North Stanly would lose to the Randleman Tigers from the Piedmont Athletic 2-A Conference by the count of 48-21 at the Jeffrey tonight.

The Tigers would operate out of the shotgun spread for the entire game, which made it very difficult for the Comet defense to counter.

This enabled the Tigers to score on seven out of 11 drives as well as amassing 397 yards from scrimmage. Successful kick returns by Tigers slotback Jacar Green helped Randleman attain excellent field position for most of the contest.

North, on the other hand, would not be totally denied when they had possession of the football. One feat that the Comets have greatly improved on is being able to keep the football longer from scrimmage as their time of possession was greater than their opponents. Needless to say, there have been less three-and-outs to date in this new season.

The Comets also had three outstanding touchdown drives as quarterback Meleek Thomas threw for three touchdowns, a 14 yard strike to Casey Caulder on a third down and one from the Tigers 14 at the 10:31 mark of the 2nd quarter; a 45 yard pass to Zac Almond for 45 yards at the 7:07 mark of the first frame.

Then there was the all-world brother-to- brother connection with 7:31 to go in the first half when Meleek threw a long pass to his brother Caleb Thomas, who beat the Tigers secondary to the end zone for 81 yards.

Nick Lowder would connect on one extra point while running back Antonio Williams scored the two-point conversion.

One could say that the Comets “won” in the yardsticks department by gaining 441 yards of offense from scrimmage as well as 14 first downs to the Tigers’ 12.

Williams led all rushers tonight with 125 yards on 25 carries, pushing his season total to 314. Meleek Thomas had a strong passing performance tonight as he completed 10-of-21 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns.

“There were too many missed assignments. We've got to play better as a team,”Comets head coach Ralph Jackson said.

North Stanly has a bye this coming Friday night. The Comets will see action again on September 13th as they will travel down N.C. 24-27 to take on the Colts of West Stanly. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

R    20    21    0    7    48

NS    6    15    0    0    21

R – Gribble 8 pass from Sloan (Goslen kick), 10:17, 1st

NS – Zac Almond 45 pass from Meleek Thomas (kick failed), 7:07, 1st

R – Hamilton 32 run (conf. failed), 4:16, 1st

R – Mollette 32 pass from Sloan (Goslen kick), 2:15, 1st

NS – Kasey Caulder 14 pass from Thomas (Antonio Williams run), 10:31, 2nd

R – Berridge 8 run (Goslen kick), 8:55, 2nd

NS – Caleb Thomas 81 pass from Meleek Thoms (Lowder kick), 7:31, 2nd

R – Berridge 34 run (Goslen kick), 5:34, 2nd

R – Sloan 36 run (Goslen kick), 1:13, 2nd

R – Berridge 4 run (Goslen kick), 8:59, 4th

Team Stats

    R    NS

1st Downs    12    14

Rushing    27-241    33-218

Passing    156    223

C-A-I    8-12-0    10-21-0

Punts    0-0    4-23.0

Penalties    11-125    11-112

Fum. Lst.    2    3    

TOP    21:47    27:13

Individual Statistics

Rushing: R – Berridge 10-70, 3 TD; Ja. Green 9-87; Sloan 3-14; Jo. Green 206; Hamilton 1-33, TD; Gibbs 1-28; Walls 1-3. NS – Williams 21-125; Riggins 3-29; Thomas 8-63; Caulder 1-1.

Passing: R – Sloan 8-12, 156 yds., 3 TD. NS – M. Thomas 10-21, 223 yds., 3 TD.

Receiving: R – Mollette 2-43, TD; Gibbs 2-32; Ja. Green 1-36, TD; Petty 1-32; Gribble 1-8, TD; Presnell 1-5. NS – Caulder 5-50, TD; Almond 3-89, TD; C. Thoms 1-81, TD; Blalock 1-6.

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