North Stanly loses at home to Forest Hills

Published 9:03 am Monday, September 25, 2023

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Before Friday night’s game, the football teams of North Stanly and Forest Hills had not met on the field since the COVID-19 pandemic forced teams to play the 2020 season the following spring.

That night, North Stanly ended a 14-game losing streak to the Yellow Jackets with a lopsided 43-21 win.

This time, the Jackets, ranked fourth in the 2A by MaxPreps, stayed perfect on the season with a strong offensive second half in a 35-13 win at North.

Both touchdowns for North (3-2) came from running back Jay Jackson, both in the second half. Trailing 13-0, the Comets’ back finished a long drive with a three-yard TD run up the middle.

Forest Hills (5-0) built a 35-6 lead before Jackson’s two-yard TD run in the last minute of the game.

Jackets quarterback Brady Hibberd threw for three touchdowns, going 16-of-25 for 170 yards with one interception.

“They’re the number-three team in the state and we are not. We’ve got a lot to work on,” North head coach Chad Little said.

Little said Friday night was a numbers game in terms of the reserves the Jackets had on the bench.

“We don’t have that amount. They are a big school…we are a 2A school, but we don’t have 2A numbers,” Little said. “It’s hard to play with that.”

North Stanly opens Yadkin Valley Conference play this week with Union Academy (1-5). The Cardinals lost Friday night at Trinity 14-10.

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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