South Stanly ends losing streak, gives first win to new coach

Published 11:09 am Sunday, August 27, 2023

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The Rebel Bulls ended a 12-game losing streak and gave first-year head coach Terry Shankle his first victory as head of the program Friday night. The Bulls won 27-18.

A long return on the opening kickoff set up a short touchdown run by quarterback Drew Gaddy to put the Bulls up 6-0.

Later in the first quarter, a bad punt snap from the Raiders (1-1) set up a two-yard TD run by I’key Holt to give the Bulls a 14-0 lead after a successful two-point conversion.

In the second quarter, a 75-yard touchdown pass from Brooks Overcash got the Raiders on the board, with the extra point cutting South Stanly’s lead down to 14-7. Overcash had three touchdowns and one interception in the game.

South Stanly got back to a two-touchdown lead on an unusual play in the second quarter. Gaddy’s pass was intercepted by Jason Brown but during the return, I’key Holt stripped the ball out of the defensive back’s hands and returned it 56 yards for a touchdown.

The Bulls added a third-quarter touchdown on a 38-yard screen pass from Gaddy to Jasiah Holt.

“For me, all the work and sacrificing we have done up to this point has paid off,” Shankle said about the victory. “I believe everyone didn’t think the kids could win a game this season, and they’ve done it by Week 2. We showed resilience and dedication.”

South Stanly will be on the road the next two weeks, including this Friday’s game at Lexington (1-1). The Hornets won in Week 2 on the road at Carver 32-16.

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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