From staff reports
SPENCER – North Rowan’s football team led Lexington 28-14 into the second quarter on Thursday when play was interrupted by a power outage caused by a transformer fire.
The plan is to end the Central Carolina Conference game at 10 a.m. Saturday morning in North.
The Cavaliers scored the first on a 50-yard punt return by Amari McArthur.
North also got touchdowns in the first quarter from Jae’mias Morrow, who recovered his own fumble in the end zone and McArthur on a 37-yard pass from Jeremiah Alford.
North added a pair of two point conversions.
Lexington (0-6, 0-4) responded with two touchdowns and a 2-point conversion to stay in the game.
On the first play of the second quarter, Kh’ron Miller scored a rushing touchdown for the Cavaliers (5-2, 3-1) to bring the score to 28-14.
North will end the regular season at Salisbury next week.
North is heading to the 1A West State Playoffs and is currently projecting himself as a No.12 seed in a 32-team bracket.
The NCHSAA released media for the volleyball state playoffs on Thursday.
The first round matches will be played on Saturday.
As expected, South Rowan (16-7) and Carson (12-14) are wild card teams in bracket 3A.
South Piedmont Conference champion West Rowan (24-2) is seeded third and will host number 30 West Iredell (6-12) on Saturday at noon. The time for this match was brought forward due to a lack of referees.
Carson is ranked 25th and will play at No. 8 Parkwood (12-10) at 1 p.m. Saturday.
South Rowan is ranked 18th and will play Saturday at Lake Norman Charter (17-3). The teams played in the SPC tournament on Tuesday, with South Rowan winning.
North Iredell (21-1) is the No. 1 seed in 3A, while West Henderson (19-4) is seeded second.
East Rowan finished 10-13.
In 4A, Davie is the eighth seed and welcomes No. 25 South Meck in the first round.
South Iredell defeated Lake Norman 3-1 in the Greater Metro Conference Championship game.
In 1A, Gray Stone is seeded 11th and is at home against the No.22 in Avery County.
North Rowan finished 3-15.
In 2A, eighth seed West Davidson is at home against No.25 Wheatmore and No.21 East Davidson is No.12 Surry Central.
West Davidson defeated East Davidson 3-1 in the Championship game of the Central Carolina Conference Tournament.
Salisbury finished 10-12.
HS BOYS FOOTBALL
Salisbury abandoned a tough non-conference test on Thursday against sixth-ranked 3A Ledford.
Salisbury got goals from Leonardo Fragoso, Colin Donaldson and Brayan Avilez.
Freshman Joseph Hernandez notched an assist for the home side.
“It was a hotly contested game which had some crazy rallies, shots from the post / crossbar and multiple shots on goal,” said Salisbury coach Matt Parrish. “Ledford came out fast and strong and we were largely unprepared for their cohesion and intensity. They started the game connecting passes and forcing action, scoring three unanswered goals to lead 3-0.
Salisbury scored from a free kick shortly before half-time to bring the score to 3-1.
“The second half was another story,” said Parrish. “I felt like we were more focused and that we were maintaining our form and our discipline in a much more consistent manner. After going 3-2 on a Colin Donaldson PK we had chances to level the game including a double save and then a crossbar rally shot that was eventually cleared by Ledford.
With about four minutes to go, Ledford scored on a meter to take the lead to 4-2.
Salisbury made 4-3 converting on a PK.
“The game was a good experience for us,” said Parrish. “We might not like the result, but that’s the type of team we’re going to face in the playoffs. In our two losses this year we came out flat and on our heels and quality opponents are making you pay for it. We have proven to these two teams (and to ourselves) that we can play with high caliber teams, but we have to start the game this way instead of digging a hole to fight. “
Salisbury concludes the regular season next week with a non-conference game against Gray Stone.
Playoffs begin November 1
GIRLS ‘TENNIS HS
Carson lost 5-1 to West Henderson in the first round.
Riley Isley won her singles match for the Cougars.
Gray Stone won 9-0 in the first round against Queens Grant.
Carson beat Central Cabarrus 42-0 with Michael Guiton, Foday Dyer, Mahkani Guida and Corbin Hales entering the end zone for the Cougars.
Trent Sharkey had a 2 point conversion.
The defensive stars were Hales, Tristan Clawson and Nehemiah Baldwin.
South Rowan won four straight wins with a 46-6 loss to East Rowan.
Conner Richards has four touchdowns for the Raiders. Nacier Parker had two rushed TDs.
West Rowan won 20-13 over Concord for their third consecutive victory.
Jaylen Neely, Brody Tucker and Anwar Davis scored.
Kevin Toomer had an awesome game defending West,
Erwin’s daughters won their first game of the season, beating Knox 36-14.
Lily Kluttz scored 14 points for the Eagles. Alli Corl had eight, Ava Alderman six, and Jaelyn Earnhardt four.
Eric Norris knocked out number 5 at The Crescent’s Revival Golf Course on Thursday.
Norris used a 7 iron from the gold tees. The hole was playing 140 yards.
The feat was seen by Andy Porter and Charlie Andrews.
CROSS COUNTRY COLLEGE
The South Atlantic Conference men’s and women’s cross country championships are scheduled for Saturday.
This year’s championships will be hosted by Queens University Charlotte and take place at McAlpine Creek Park.
The men’s 8k run starts at 9 a.m., followed by the women’s 6k run at 10:30 a.m.