BLAST FROM THE PAST: Foard’s last football team (1982) to reach the second round

Published Friday, November 17th, 2017

By CHRIS HOBBS

HobbsDailyReport.com

No. 12 FRED T. FOARD (9-3)
at No. 4 MOUNT PLEASANT (10-2)
Friday, 7:30 p.m.

NEWTON — Another memorable step in the history of Fred T. Foard High football could come tonight in Cabarrus County.

This season’s Tigers — 9-3 and a West No. 12 seed in the state 2AA playoffs — face another set of Tigers at Mount Pleasant (10-2, seeded fourth) at 7:30 p.m.

MINOR

A victory would get Foard, in Derrick Minor’s 23rd game as head coach, to the third round of the state playoffs in varsity football for the first time. The opponent would be either No. 8 Shelby (10-2) or No. 1 South Point (12-0), who play tonight in Belmont, and Foard would be on the road.

Prior to a 16-0 first-round victory over Maiden last Friday night in Maiden, Foard had not won a state football playoff game in more than three decades.

Foard — in the playoffs for the 14th time in its 59 seasons of varsity football (the first season was 1959 when the Tigers won one of eight games) — is 3-12 in the postseason all time (0-3 at home and 3-9 on the road).

Foard’s two road postseason wins came in the same season, 1982, when the Tigers were in the short-lived North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Division II playoffs (2A).

Marshall Shuford — one of the top running backs in Fred T. Foard football history (pictured with his dad, right) — now lives in Atlanta./FACEBOOK PHOTO

The Tigers played their first state playoff game the year before, falling 15-14 at home to Swain County in the first round in the normal 2A postseason bracket.

As the 1982 season approached, they still had one of the stars from 1981’s 1-2 punch in a powerful running game – Brian Kimball – back for his senior year.

The year before, Kimball had nine rushing touchdowns and a two-point conversion and the stud, running back Marshall Shuford, ran for 22 TDs and two two-point conversions for a 9-2 team under head coach Dick Foster.

The 1982 team, also coached by Foster, had its own challenges after starting 2-0 and then losing 34-0 at A.C. Reynolds and 7-6 to Bessemer City to fall to 2-2.

Over the next eight games, Foard ran the table. The Tigers beat Bunker Hill, West Lincoln, Maiden, Newton-Conover, Cherryville and Bandys to close the regular season and shared the Southern District 7 2A title with Bessemer City.

Bessemer City’s win over Foard got the Yellow Jackets into the traditional state playoff bracket – the Yellow Jackets beat West Wilkes 29-21 before being eliminated by Swain County, 16-6, and Foard got into the Division II bracket.

The West Division II playoffs had only four teams – Foard, Franklin, North Moore and Southwest Guilford, and Southwest Guilford beat North Moore 13-6 to move opposite of Foard in the title game.

FOARD’S PREVIOUS STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF VICTORIES

Statistical summaries from the other two Fred T. Foard High football state playoff victories prior to picking up the third one last Friday night against Maiden:

1982 DIVISION II (2A)

First round

FOARD 7, FRANKLIN 0

(at Franklin)

Foard                   0 7 0 0—7

Franklin            0 0 0 0–0

Scoring summary

Second quarter

FTF—Brian Kimball 1 run (Kenny Wagner kick)

                                                                 FTF              Fr

First downs                                           14                 7

Rushing yards                                      188            103

Passing yards                                         41              33

Total offense                                        229            136

Passing                                                  2-5-0        3-10-1

Punts, avg.                                            5-34.6       6-29.0

Fumbles lost                                             1                1

Yards penalized                                        65             25

Championship

FOARD 28, SW GUILFORD 25

(at SW Guilford)

Foard                       0 14 7 7—28

SW Guilford          0 13 6 6—25

Scoring summary

Second quarter

FTF—Steve Buchanan 2 run (Kenny Wagner kick)

SWG—Baily 88 kickoff return (Hawks kick)

FTF—Kimball 23 pass from Buchanan (Wagner kick)

SWG—D. Farlow 2 pass from Duke (kick failed)

Third quarter

SW – Halipilas 58 pass from Duke (run failed)

FTF—Kimball 22 pass from Buchanan (Wagner kick)

Fourth quarter

SWG—Hairston 2 run (run failed)

FTF—Kimball 3 run (Wagner kick)

                                                             FTF              SWG

First downs                                     18                     10

Rushing yards                                218                  183

Passing yards                                    63                 64

Total offense                                    281                 247

Passing                                              4-8-2           6-9-0

Punts, avg.                                         2-22.0       2-37.5

Fumbles lost                                      0                     2

Yards penalized                                 39                  50

SOME OTHER TIDBITS AROUND FOARD’S 1982 TEAM

  • The Tigers, who went 10-2, overcame making 35 turnovers that season – 23 lost fumbles and 12 interceptions – by their defense providing a whopping 42 turnovers (20 interceptions, 22 fumble recoveries) for a plus-7 ratio.
  • Kimball had 1,205 rushing yards in the regular season with 19 TDs as the Tigers won their conference games by an average of 16 points per game. Through the regular season, they led the SD-7 2A in rushing (256.3) and total offense (296.6) and were the league’s best defense against the run (104.7), in total defense (176.3) and led in interceptions (19) and fumble recoveries (19).
  • Foard finished the season at 3,476 yards in total offense, throwing for only 507, and Kimball had 21 rushing TDs. The other rushing TDs that season came from Randy Hefner (5), Spencer Dixon (3), and Steve Buchanan and Brad Lutz each added one.
  • The Tigers beat Maiden 14-10 that season at Maiden when the Blue Devils ran for minus-1 yard and Foard ran for 239. Maiden took an early 8-0 lead on a TD pass from Brian Brown to Scott Abernathy and Tony Finger’s two-point conversion run before the Tigers bounced back. Foard then got a 27-yard scoring run from Hefner and a 1-yard TD run by Kimball, and the final points came when Maiden’s punter stepped out of the back of the end zone for a safety.

MOUNT PLEASANT VERSUS AREA TEAMS IN THE STATE PLAYOFFS

Year/class               Opponent            Round                             Result

1971                                Bandys                Second                         MP 40, Bandys 0

1971                                Maiden                West final                  Maiden 6, MP 2*

1996                                Maiden               First                            Maiden 63, MP 21

2005                               at Bandys           Second                        Bandys 29, MP 23

2007                                Hibriten             Second                        MP 42, Hibriten 20

2016                                 at Maiden           First                           MP 35, Maiden 21

*–at Newton-Conover’s Gurley Stadium

SOURCE: HobbsDailyReport.com research/files

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