Havelock 37 New Hanover 7
New Hanover suffered a memorable setback for the second straight week as the Havelock Rams built a three-point lead in the first half en route to a 37-7 win over the Wildcats on Thursday.
After appearing at the 3A North Carolina High School Athletic Association Championship, Havelock had a 15-7 lead by the end of the second quarter and another touchdown just before the break.
The Rams increased their cushion with 16 points in the third period and improved to 3-0 over the previous year.
With a 2-1 aggregate win, New Hanover will have a much-needed goodbye week before completing a three-game road swing with a trip to 4A powerhouse Scotland on Friday September 16. The Wildcats have scored just two offensive touchdowns in their last two games, beaten 71-20.
Pine forest 28 Hoggard 26
Big games on the offensive side of the ball by the undefeated Pine Forest (3-0) proved the difference when Hoggard fell to 2-1 after a 28:26 heartbreaker in Fayetteville.
Both teams were in a seesaw match for most of the night, but Pine Forest had an answer to any change in momentum as the Vikings allowed two fourth-quarter touchdowns in the setback.
Josh Jones. Photo courtesy John Crouch
Josh Jones hit Austin Edwards with a fourth touchdown pass from six yards to end the game’s opening round and get Hoggard on the board. A 57-yard hit from Willis Anthony brought the game to a close before Jones linked up with Rashod Wallace for a 50-yard hit to give the Vikings a 13-7 lead. Pine Forest reacted immediately when Lavonte Carter took the ensuing kick-off for 99 yards unaffected to lead the home team 14-13 into the second quarter.
Wallace had nearly 200 yards of attack surface in the first half and the Hoggard defense kept Pine Forest goalless for two seasons before the final 12 minutes of the game.
Tony Allen found the end zone twice in the second half, but the effort wasn’t enough as the Trojans took advantage of a 47 yard touchdown from Anthony for his third result of the night and stayed 3:37 in the game to get the result.
Hoggard fell to 1-2 overall. The Vikings return home on Friday, September 9th, for a date with Carolina Forest.
Hoggard 13-0-7-6 = 26
Pine forest 14-0-0-14 = 28
North Myrtle Beach 23 West Brunswick 0
Sales plagued West Brunswick all night and North Myrtle Beach suffered a defensive failure on Thursday, giving the Trojans a 23-0 setback at Grand Strand.
North Myrtle Beach scored a touchdown in the first quarter, turning two field goals into a 13-0 cushion during the break. A field goal and a 55 yard scoring drive in the third period postponed the game.
West Brunswick fell 2-1 over the year. The Trojans return home to face Whiteville on Friday 9 September.
W. Brunswick 0-0-0-0 = 0
N. Myrtle Beach 7-6-10-0 = 23
Topsail 36 Dixon 24
The Pirates have accumulated exactly 100 points in the last two games when Topsail faced Dixon 36-24 on Thursday.
Topsail was 12-7 behind early in the second quarter and put together a 70-yard scoring run 8-7 minutes ahead of Dixon taking the ensuing kick-off deep into Pirates’ territory and finishing it off with a quick touchdown. Topsail responded three minutes later, making it 21-18 in favor of the Pirates.
With a lead of three points in half, the Pirates scored 15 direct points to separate for victory.
Topsail are 2-1 in a home game against Croatia on Friday, September 9th.
Topsail 7-14-3-12 = 36
Dixon 12-6-0-6 = 24
Pender 34 South Brunswick 12
Justin Hooper ran 59 yards into the end zone to give Pender an early lead as the Patriots never looked back in a 34-12 win over South Brunswick. Hooper was at 120 rushing yards after 12 minutes, leading Pender to a 20-0 advantage at halftime.
After a 64:12 setback at the season opener, Pender scored a 1-1 overall victory. South Brunswick have fallen to 2-1 twice in a row this season. The Cougars return to the field on Friday 9 September with a trip to rivals North Brunswick (1-1).
The Centurions drew 1-1 with Ashley on Thursday.
Clinton 1 New Hanover 0
Ashley 1 Coastal Christian 1
Brian Cooke equalized for Coastal Christian late in the second half when the Centurions drew 1-1 with Ashley on Thursday.
New Hanover 3 Ashley 1
(25-14, 25-20, 23-25, 25-17)
Alyssa Gowdy and Julia Rhine together scored 23 kills to lead New Hanover’s attack in a 3-1 result against Ashley.
Junior Syndey Eavey recorded five aces from the service of the Wildcats and played a huge role in defense with 35 digs. Senior setter Courtney Loughran finished the passing game with 25 assists.
South Brunswick 3 Topsail 1
(25-11, 23-25, 25-17, 25-13)
Hoggard 3 West Brunswick 0
(25-20, 25-10, 25-13)
Madie Schider. Photo courtesy Rodney Williams
Hoggard rolled into a perfect week in conference play after a direct set against West Brunswick. Kirby Smith was in the lead with 10 kills while senior libero Madie Schider recorded 13 digs. Samantha Shuffler led the passing game with 13 assists.
Topsail 5 Laney 4
Topsail beat Laney 5: 4 with a nail bite on Thursday. Caroline Harris teamed up with Sierra Dougherty as Topsails number one tandem, while Kinsley Beverage and Kasey Pfaff won the match with a 9-7 in No. 2 doubles to secure the win.
Harris Edge Jessica Tucker 6-4, 6-3 in first place during the singles match, but Kendall Hanks, Grayson Smith and Anna Duckworth kept things interesting through singles competitions.
Singles: No. 1 Caroline Harris (L) def. Jessica Tucker (L) 6-4, 6-4; No. 2 Kendall Hanks (L) def. Sierra Dougherty (T), 6-1, 6-1; No. 3 Grayson Smith (L) def. Kinsley Beverage (T) 6-0, 6-2; No. 4 Kasey Pfaff (T) def. Sophia Koosman (L) 6-3, 2-6 (10-6); No. 5 Olivia Kelly (L) def. Chely Preitt (T) 6-2, 6-1; No. 6 Anna Duckworth (T) def. Olivia Swivel (L) 6-2, 7-5
Doubles: No. 1 Harris / Doughtery (L) def. Tucker / Hanks (L) 8-2; No. 2 drink / Pfaff (T) def. Tucker / Hanks 9-7; No. 3 Kelly / Swivel (L) def. Pritt / Duckworth (T) 8-5
Caroline Cahill topped the rankings for the second time this week after the Laney star posted a 71 on Thursday to lead the Bucs to their second conference win of the fall season. Cahill hit 36 on the first nine of the green tees at Porter’s Neck Country Club and scored 35 after the tack to finish seven strokes ahead of runner-up Jayla Rogers.
Cahill and Rogers led Laney to another strong performance, while Hoggard’s Anna Moore took third place at 88.
Laney: Caroline Cahill, 71; Jayla Rogers 78; Cat Rode, 109 = 258
Hoggard: Anna Moore, 88; Tia Johnson, 105; Bethany Rasmussen, 120 = 313
Ashley: Livy Tran, 94; Claire Headlee, 110; Ana Zeljkovic, 111 = 315
West Brunswick: Powell Palmer, 102; Sadie Smeltzer, 113; Alexis Fulford, 115 = 330
South Brunswick: Caroline Bland, 94; Katy Kerns, 115; 126 = 335
Topsail: Angela Linehan, 108; Kate Flowers, 119; Liz Sharpe, 119 = 346
New Hanover: Shelby Hudson, 121; Mimi Martin, 124; Madison James, 124 = 369