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Barton College Falls 30-28 in First Game in Over 70 Years


WILSON – In a unique game where both squads were playing their first football games in over seventy years, the Barton College Bulldogs fell 30-28 to Erskine on Saturday afternoon.

Barton started the game with a bang on a reverse pass from wide receiver Kameron Johnson to quarterback Tyler Flippen for a 58-yard touchdown. Flippen, a former Northern Guilford standout, managed to complete the offensive trifecta, passing and running for a touchdown on the day as well.

Eastern Randolph’s Jordan Terrell led the Bulldogs on the ground rushing and added a rushing touchdown in the second quarter and a receiving score in the fourth quarter to bring the Bulldogs within two points.

Dionte Osbey was in the backfield afternoon, racking up three sacks and ten tackles on the afternoon. Graham Walston from North Johnston was 4 of 4 on extra points attempts. Former Cleveland star Jacquez Durham’s big kickoff return at the beginning of the game set up the game’s initial score.

Barton (0-1) will host Wingate (0-0) on March 13th at Electric Supply Company Field at Truist Stadium.


North Carolina High School Football Week 1 Scoreboard

For the first time in over fourteen months, high school football kicked off in the state of North Carolina. Check out the scores from Week 1 of this unique spring season. 


AC Reynolds 53, Enka 0

AL Brown 51, Northwest Cabarrus 19

Apex Friendship 13, Middle Creek 10

Ardrey Kell 30, South Mecklenburg 14

Ashe 28, Alleghany 0

Avery 42, Asheville Christian 20

Ayden-Grifton 29, North Pitt 12

Bear Grass 20, South Creek 0

Berry 31, Ashbrook 13

Burns 28, South Point 27

Butler 42, Rocky River 0

Cardinal Gibbons 21, Leesville Road 8

Central Cabarrus 23, Concord 22

Central Davidson 26, Forest Hills 6

Chapel Hill 42, Vance County 6

Charlotte Catholic 27, Monroe 0

Chase 56, Cherryville 9

Chatham Central 6, Albemarle 0

Clayton 6, Corinth Holders 0

Cleveland 39, South View 29

Clinton 33, Anson 27

Conley 28, Southern Wayne 0

Crest 38, Forestview 13

Davie 42, Ragsdale 14

Draughn 14, West Iredell 3

Dudley 32, Page 6

East Davidson 9, West Davidson 0

East Lincoln 28, Mountain Island 27

East Surry 12, North Davidson 9

Eastern Alamance 42, Northeast Guilford 0

Eastern Guilford 14, Williams 8

Elkin 29, Starmount 6

Erwin 35, North Buncombe 21

Fike 28, Beddingfield 22

First Flight 20, Camden 14

Foard 28, Patton 6

Forbush 64, Atkins 0

Franklinton 61, Southern Lee 14

Freedom 18, St. Stephens 14

Fuquay-Varina 14, Apex 6

Glenn 18, East Forsyth 0

Goldsboro 20, Northside-Jacksonville 19

Grimsley 27, Cox Mill 0

Havelock 52, Northeastern 15

Heritage 19, Broughton 13

Hibriten 50, Bunker Hill 13

High Point Andrews 34, Jordan-Matthews 26

Hillside 24, Athens Drive 6

Hoggard 19, New Hanover 13

Holly Springs 20, South Garner 6

Hough 7, Hopewell 0

Hunt 21, South Johnston 7

Huss 23, North Gaston 0

Jack Britt 14, Seventy-First 0

Jacksonville 35, Croatan 27

Kings Mountain 43, Cramer 7

Knightdale 33, Triton 0

Lake Norman 40, West Charlotte 8

Ledford 61, Graham 6

Lee County 27, South Granville 6

Lincolnton 27, Newton-Conover 13

Louisburg 32, Bunn 6

Maiden 21, Bandys 7

Marvin Ridge 19, Piedmont 0

Midway 53, Hobbton 13

Millbrook 7, SE Raleigh 6

Mitchell 14, Statesville 7

Mount Pleasant 20, East Rowan 14

Mountain Heritage 8, Brevard 6

Murphy 33, Andrews 6

Myers Park 49, Garinger 0

North Forsyth 8, Carver 2

North Henderson 28, East Henderson 14

North Lenoir 26, Greene Central 20

North Lincoln 10, West Lincoln 6

North Rowan 36, North Moore 0

North Stokes 24, Bishop McGuinness 6

Northern Guilford 27, McMichael 0

Northside-Pinetown 36, North Duplin 0

Northwest Guilford 42, Ben Smith 6

Northwood 42, Cedar Ridge 0

Olympic 49, Harding 0

Overhills 13, Cape Fear 0

Panther Creek 29, Jordan 0

Person 40, Morehead 0

Pine Lake Prep 52, Bessemer City 8

Pinecrest 22, Hoke 20

Pisgah 44, Tuscola 14

Porter Ridge 41, East Mecklenburg 7

Princeton 22, East Duplin 15

Providence 33, West Mecklenburg 0

Randleman 49, Wheatmore 0

Red Springs 41, Fairmont 0

Richlands 34, Trask 0

RJ Reynolds 48, Parkland 6

Robbinsville 56, Rosman 8

Roberson 34, Asheville 25

Robinson 27, West Cabarrus 14

Rocky Mount 42, Nash Central 0

Rose 54, New Bern 7

Rosewood 42, North Johnston 0

RS Central 47, East Rutherford 0

Salisbury 36, West Rowan 0

Sanderson 46, Enloe 12

Shelby 46, East Gaston 6

Smithfield-Selma 28, Western Harnett 12

Smoky Mountain 48, Madison 7

South Central 46, Aycock 7

South Iredell 7, Alexander Central 2

South Stanly 58, South Davidson 12

Southern Durham 20, Northern Durham 0

Southern Guilford 22, Western Guilford 12

Southern Nash 7, SouthWest Edgecombe 0

Southwest Onslow 55, Dixon 0

Spring Creek 36, Lakewood 26

Surry Central 22, West Stokes 8

Swain 34, Cherokee 0

Terry Sanford 20, Westover 6

Thomas Jefferson 25, CS Davidson 9

Topsail 20, Laney 6

Union Pines 47, Cummings 20

Vance 27, Mallard Creek 7

Wake Forest 33, Garner 7

Wakefield 38, Southern Nash 33

Walkertown 50, North Surry 0

Wallace Rose Hill 55, White Oak 20

Warren County 40, Webb 7

Weddington 43, Sun Valley 2

West Brunswick 26, Ashley 0

West Carteret 45, Farmville Central 7

West Craven 26, South Lenoir 6

West Forsyth 44, Oak Grove 21

West Johnston 21, Harnett Central 15

Western Alamance 45, Rockingham 14

Wilkes Central 58, West Wilkes 8

Winston Salem Prep 50, Lexington 7


Gardner-Webb Takes Down #24 Elon in Tre Lamb's Coaching Debut

BOILING SPRINGS – The Runnin’ Bulldogs were victorious in their first game under new head coach Tre Lamb on Saturday afternoon. Gardner-Webb outscored #24 Elon 35-0 in the second half on their way to a 42-20 win over the visiting Phoenix.


Gardner-Webb running back Narii Gaither led the Runnin’ Bulldogs with 119 yards on 19 carries, hitting paydirt twice on the afternoon. Quarterback Carlton Aiken added another two scores on the ground for the home team. Devron Harper also returned a punt to the house for Gardner-Webb to take the lead for good on the afternoon. Elon was paced by quarterback Joey Baughman who scored on a quarterback sneak early in the first quarter. Skyler Davis was 2 of 2 on the afternoon on field goals.

Both teams are in action next Saturday as Gardner-Webb (1-0) hosts Presbyterian for their second straight game at Spangler Stadium while Elon (1-1) returns to the friendly confines of Rhodes Stadium, hosting CAA rival James Madison. 

NC State Falls to Kentucky in TaxSlayer Gator Bowl


JACKSONVILLE, FL – The NC State Wolfpack, ranked 23rd coming into Saturday’s TaxSlayer Gator Bowl, were unable to complete the comeback they needed against the Kentucky Wildcats, fell 23-21 to finish the 2020 season at 8-4.

Quarterback Bailey Hockman was 27/40 passing for 268 yards and a touchdown. Running back Zonovan “Bam” Knight had 52 yards rushing and a score. Isaac Duffy led the defense with thirteen tackles.

Coach Dave Doeren

“It was a great football game. I’m proud of the way we fought back in the second half and had multiple chances to get it back and get a lead. Obviously, it’s one of those games when you lose by two points there’s a lot of plays you think about, and we were without a lot of players today…I thought our defense really battled not having Alim [McNeill] and Payton [Wilson] and Drake [Thomas] and Tanner [Ingle], the kids who had to play in their place played hard…Offensively, we just turned the ball over three times, missed two field goals. We had our chances to make that a different game and we didn’t. You have to give Kentucky credit for that. It was a really hard-fought game and a physical game, as I expected it to be…Proud of the way the kids fought, proud of our season. This doesn’t make me feel like we didn’t have a good season – we did. It was a great experience. I’m appreciative of the opportunity to be down here, and I’m really excited that so many of these players are back. It’s going to be a great offseason with them.” “I love these guys. The players, the coaches, the staff, we went through a lot. We went through a lot last season when there was a lot of people talking negatively about us. We stuck together, we came back with a growing attitude…We grew a lot together, we learned a lot from each other. A lot of guys stepped up this year and stepped into roles where they weren’t starters and injuries took place and guys would step in and just play.”

 

Scoring Summary

Qtr         Time      Scoring Play       V-H

1st         06:00    UK - Matt Ruffolo 25 yd FG 16-68 9:00    0-3

2nd        06:23    UK - Chris Rodriguez 4 yd TD RUSH (KICK by Matt Ruffolo), 6-79 2:39       0-10

2nd        00:02    UK - Matt Ruffolo 26 yd FG 7-69 1:21      0-13

3rd         02:56    ST - Riley, C.J. 9 yd TD PASS from Hockman, B. (KICK by Dunn, C.), 13-76 6:12   7-13

4th         05:45    UK - Matt Ruffolo 20 yd FG 7-40 3:09      7-16

4th         04:46    ST - Knight, Z. 13 yd TD RUSH (KICK by Dunn, C.), 3-37 0:54               14-16

4th         02:55    UK - Chris Rodriguez 26 yd TD RUSH (KICK by Matt Ruffolo), 1-26 0:07       14-23