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Stanly Football Notebook: Three teams lose on the road

In Stanly high school football games on the road Friday night, North Stanly, West Stanly and South Stanly suffered non-conference losses to open the season.

East Rowan 27, North Stanly 21

The Comets opened the season suffering a six-point loss to the Mustangs, the first season opening loss for a North team since the 2012 season.

D.J. Rhone and Garrett Clark each caught touchdown passes from Bailey Baker while Cameron Davis scored a rushing touchdown, his 69th as a Comet. He is 12 TDs away from tying the school record of 81 by Antonio Williams.

North has a bye this week and returns to action Aug. 31 at West Stanly.

East Rutherford 34, South Stanly 14

The Bulls made the two-hour trip to Forest City, suffering a 20-point loss to the Cavaliers.

Tori Colson had one of South’s touchdowns in the game on a 90-yard kickoff return.

The other score came on a 36-yard touchdown pass from Justin Gaddy to Tony Loftin.

Marcus Green led the Bulls with just under 100 yards rushing on the game.

Defensively, South’s Jitavis Huntley forced a fumble recovered by Rodney Hammond.

South’s game wrapped up just before 11 p.m. after starting at 7:45 in the evening. East Rutherford (1-0) had nearly 100 yards in penalties.

Northwest Cabarrus 52, West Stanly 6

The Colts went on the road to Concord Friday night and suffered the team’s second straight loss to open a season, losing to the Trojans.

The 46-point margin of defeat was the team’s second-worst ever to start a season. In 1974, South Stanly beat West 80-0 to open the season.

Senior running back Hunter Stoker helped West avoid the shutout with a three-yard TD run with 4:15 left in the fourth quarter.

The Colts host Albemarle this Friday night.

Sports Editor’s Note: Jesse Deal contributed to this story. His story on Friday’s game will appear in the Tuesday print edition.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio was the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press from 1999-2001 and has currently served in the same capacity since 2008. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also been honored twice by the North Carolina Press Association.

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