STANLY FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: North hosts East Rowan, South travels to SW Randolph

Published 2:57 am Saturday, August 28, 2021

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In football games Friday night, North Stanly hosted East Rowan while South Stanly traveled to Southwest Randolph.

North Stanly 28, East Rowan 6

A slow start offensively by the Comets turned into a home win as a second-half offensive push propelled the Comets to a 28-6 win over the visiting Mustangs.

It was North’s defense which struck first. After a scoreless first quarter, the Comets’ Stefan Harris intercepted a pass and returned to the 25-yard line, where he was hit hard and fumbled the football. J.P. Porter picked up the loose ball and rambled 75 yards down the sidelines for a touchdown. The extra point put the Comets up 7-0.

East Rowan (0-1) scored the team’s only touchdown of the game in the final minute of the first half on a short running play. A bad snap on the point-after try kept the CometsĀ  ahead 7-6.

Midway through the third quarter, North quarterback Luke Shaver rolled to his right and found Clay Hatley for a 60-yard touchdown pass and a 14-6 lead for the Comets (1-1).

In the fourth quarter, Shaver scored on a one-yard bootleg with 10:09 left in the game to put North up by two scores, 21-6.

Kyree Dykes added a three-yard TD run with just over four minutes left in the game for the final outcome.

“I was proud of (North’s) efforts in the second half,” North head coach Scott Crisco said, “but we need to do a better job putting together four good quarters of football.”

The Comets host North Rowan (0-1) this Friday night in a non-conference matchup. The Cavaliers won in overtime at home Friday versus South Rowan, 36-28.

Southwestern Randolph 55, South Stanly 6

The Bulls fell to 0-2 on the season after losing on the road to the Cougars in a non-conference matchup.

Omaurion Eldridge had a fourth-quarter rushing touchdown from two yards out in the fourth quarter for South.

This Friday, South Stanly travels to Carson High School. The Cougars did not play this past Friday and last took the field Aug. 20 when the team lost at home to North Mecklenburg 41-30.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio has served as the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press for more than 16 years and has written numerous news and feature storeis as well. 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 won an award from Boone Newspapers, and has won four North Carolina Press Association awards.

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