Friday, November 27, 2009

Friday night's football recaps

West Rowan’s Kevin Parks, who became North Carolina’s career rushing leader last week, ran for four touchdowns in a 28-14 victory against Asheville in the 3A playoffs Friday.

Parks’ four scores pushed his season touchdown total to 50. He gained 197 yards on 29 carries. Parks’ final touchdown, with less than two minutes left, clinched it for the Falcons.

West Rowan improved to 14-0, and extended its winning streak to 28. The Falcons advanced to the semifinal, and will host Waynesville Tuscola, which upset Lenoir Hibriten 28-27 on Friday. Asheville finished 11-1-1.

NEWTON CONOVER 35, EAST LINCOLN 14: The Red Devils scored 21 consecutive points in the second quarter to win this 2AA third-round playoff.

Newton-Conover (13-1) advanced to next week’s semifinal, and will host Salisbury, which beat Canton Pisgah 35-7 on Friday.

Newton-Conover recovered three fumbles and intercepted two passes to beat East Lincoln (11-3) for the second time this season.

East Lincoln scored first on Cole Bowen’s blocked punt return, but Newton-Conover scored the next four touchdowns – Rashad Kissler’s 2-yard run, Paul Forney’s 52-yard interception return, Jamal Coates’ 15-yard run and Kissler’s 3-yard run.

ALBEMARLE 28, SWAIN COUNTY 27: The Bulldogs stopped the potential go-ahead, two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter for a 1AA playoff victory.
Albemarle (14-0) fell behind 14-0 to visiting Swain County, but scored four straight touchdowns to take a 28-14 lead.

The Bulldogs advanced to the semifinal, where they will host West Montgomery, which beat Hendersonville 17-14 on Friday.

Albemarle's running game featured Rusty Parks (97 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries), Malcolm Hammond (82 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries) and A.J. Little (71 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries).

Julius Williams and Shontigo Parker had 15 tackles apiece for Albemarle, and Montego Baldwin had an interception.

SALISBURY 35, CANTON PISGAH 7: The Hornets (10-4) topped 30 points for the fourth straight game, and won their second straight 2AA playoff game on the road.

Salisbury advanced to the semifinal against Newton-Conover, which beat East Lincoln 35-14 on Friday.

WAYNESVILLE TUSCOLA 28, LENOIR HIBRITEN 27: Tuscola scored two touchdowns in the final seven minutes to erase Hibriten’s 27-14 lead, and hand the Panthers their first loss in a 3A playoff.

Hibriten finished 13-1. Tuscola, which won its 12th straight game, is 12-1-1 and advanced to the semifinal against West Rowan, which beat Asheville 28-14 on Friday.

ANSON SENIOR 34, NORTHERN GUILFORD 32: The visiting Bearcats won a high-scoring 3AA playoff to extend their winning streak to four. Anson (10-4) will play the semifinal at Belmont South Point, which beat Kannapolis Brown 24-7 on Friday.

BURNSVILLE MOUNTAIN HERITAGE 27, LINCOLNTON 21: Lincolnton fell behind 27-7 and rallied with two second-half touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough in a road loss that eliminated the Wolves from the 2A playoffs.

Lincolnton finished 10-4. Mountain Heritage (12-2) will host Lexington in the semifinal.

ROCK HILL NORTHWESTERN 24, ROCK HILL SOUTH POINTE 6: Robert Joseph caught three touchdown passes from Justin Worley as the Trojans beat their city rivals to advance to the S.C. 4A Division II championship game.

Northwestern advanced to next Friday’s 8 p.m. championship game at Columbia’s Williams-Brice Stadium, and will play Berkeley, which beat Goose Creek 38-35 in double overtime on Friday.

Joseph’s scoring catches covered 11, 17 and 6 yards, and helped the Trojans (9-5) build a 24-0 lead in the third quarter. South Pointe finished 10-4, after winning its previous two playoffs by shutout.

- Cliff Mehrtens

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