The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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September 21, 2012

Conference battles continue for Stanly’s teams


Friday, September 21, 2012 —

S. Stanly (3-2, 0-1) at C. Central (2-3, 0-1)

The Bulls make the long trek up to Bear Creek Friday night to take on a Chatham Central Bears squad that has similiar numbers with the Rebel Bulls in terms of players on the varsity roster after playing several weeks against larger squads.

South lost their conference opener last week at North Rowan 42-14 but had two long scoring drives in the game of 80 and 76 yards. Backup quarterback Luke Burris had a 76-yard scoring pass to Juwan Johnson, while Anthony Smith finished a drive in the third quarter that narrowed the score to 13 points.

Bulls quarterback Russ Weiker will be available this week after missing two weeks with a leg injury, but head coach Tasker Fleming said that he had not made a decision on who would start Friday night, adding that he may use both signal callers during the game.

“Last week, we found offensive confidence in the third quarter, which is what we need to play like, getting consistent first downs,” Fleming said.

Chatham’s numbers overall will be up some this week as the Bears have dropped their JV program for this season. According to Fleming, Chatham’s first 11 are talented and play hard, but the depth advantage and experience edge both are in South’s favor.

“We should be better in certain postions; we have seniors doing a lot of work on offense for us and we have a little more varsity experience,” Fleming said.

The Bears had just 35 total rushing yards against Albemarle last week but did throw for 177 yards and two touchdowns.

Piedmont (1-4, 0-1) at West Stanly (0-5, 0-1)

West Stanly’s season continues this Friday night at home facing a Piedmont Panthers squad coached this season by a highly respected name in high school coaching circles in North Carolina.

Former A.L. Brown head coach Ron Massey leads the Panthers into Red Cross on Friday night. Massey spent 11 seasons coaching for the Wonders, posting an 120-32 overall record.

This season, the Panthers have just one win, a 35-14 win in Week Three over J.M. Robinson, but have suffered close losses this season at Hickory Ridge (23-17 in overtime) and in their Rocky River Conference opener versus Monroe. Last week, Piedmont led 14-13 but the Redhawks rallied to win 28-20. The Panthers tacked on a late touchdown as time expired. Senior running back Brandon Gentry had 123 yards and a touchdown.

Piedmont runs the option offense with senior quarterback Sawyer Baucom at the helm. Baucom has two rushing touchdowns this season and has good size at the quarterback position.

West enters Friday’s home game looking for their first win of the season for new head coach Jared Bennett, who said the team’s practices have gone well this week and the team’s overall health is improving.

“We are continuing to refine what we can do to be successful. It’s getting better and better each week; some of the guys have gotten a lot better the past couple of weeks,” Bennett said.

Against Piedmont, Bennett said that his team has to play assignment football in order to compete with the Panthers.


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