By Charles Curcio, Sports Editor
Sunday, August 25, 2013 —
The James Johnson era for football at West Stanly started on Friday night with a road game at Northwest Cabarrus against a Trojan team coached by former West head coach Rich Williams.
Both teams run offenses based around controlling the tempo and the line of scrimmage with run-oriented attacks, with the Trojans running a modified wing-T offense and the Colts using the veer offense.
West Stanly took a lead at halftime and threatened late in the game after losing the lead in a 35-21 road loss.
Ryan McCormick led the rushing attack for West Stanly (0-1) with 102 yards while quarterback Matt Price threw for one touchdown pass and ran for another in the game. Trey Barbee also added 102 yards in returns for the Colts as well.
The 21 points that West Stanly scored this season was the most that the Colts have scored since scoring 38 points in a loss on Oct. 21, 2011 to Cuthbertson.
West took the lead in the second quarter on a 13-play, 55-yard eight-minute drive down the field, capped off by a Price 1-yard plunge into the endzone for a 6-0 advantage after the two-point conversion failed.
Northwest Cabarrus (1-0) answered the touchdown three plays later when quarterback Brandon White completed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Armon Dooley. Logan Wagner’s extra point gave the Trojans a 7-6 lead.
The Colts took back the lead with just over a minute left before halftime on a 10-play scoring drive. Ryan McCormick scored on a 16-yard touchdown run, then quarterback Matt Price found Charlie Eudy in the endzone for the two-point conversion for a 14-7 West Stanly lead at halftime.
The first half proved costly as Ethan Morgan went down with an injury and would not return in the game.
In the third quarter, the Trojans made good on a long third-down conversion as White scrambled 47 yards down the field for the touchdown. With the extra point, Northwest Cabarrus tied the game 14-14.
Later in the third, White and Dooley connected through the air on a 64-yard screen pass for the go-ahead score, making it 21-14 late in the third.
West Stanly didn’t go down without a fight, however, as the Colts put together a 10-play scoring drive in the fourth quarter. Price found Josh Wilson for a 20-yard touchdown pass with 3:10 left in the game to pull the Colts within a touchdown.
As the Trojans were trying to run out the clock in the final minutes, Dooley took the ball on a toss sweep and scampered 47 yards down the field for a final touchdown to seal the win for the host Trojans.
“As far as our team goes, we shot ourselves in the foot a lot with stupid penalties and first-game jitters. We played better defensively in the second half and were able to get after the quarterback and shut down (West’s) option game better than we did in the first half,” Northwest head coach Rich Williams said.
“West had a good game plan and was well-coached; their defensive line is very good. We had a few big plays that propelled us. Other than that it was pretty even.”
“I thought we played well in the first half; I was very pleased defensively,” West head coach James Johnson said, adding that he thought the team’s efforts were good in the second half but that the Colts may have become a little fatigued.
“From where we were in the first scrimmage with West Montgomery to now, we have come a long way. I think we have a chance to win games this year,”
West Stanly will host South Stanly Friday night. The Rebel Bulls were idle for the first week of the football season.
WS 0 14 0 7 21
NC 0 7 14 14 35
WS – Matt Price 1 run (conf. failed), 2nd
NC – Armon Dooley 25 pass from Brandon White (Logan Wagner kick), 2nd
WS – Ryan McCormick 16 run (Charlie Eudy pass from Price), 2nd
NC –White 47 run (Wagner kick), 3rd
NC –Dooley 64 pass from White (Wagner kick), 3rd
WS – Josh Wilson 20 pass from Price (kick good), 3rd
NC –Dooley 47 run (Wagner kick), 4th