By CHRIS HOBBS
As they prepare to play tonight for the 47th time in a series the Red Devils lead 31-15, take a trip down memory lane by reviewing the highest-scoring Newton-Conover versus Bandys varsity football games:
Total points Year Results/location
103 2006 N-C 71, Bandys 32 at N-C
80 2003 Bandys 66, N-C 14 at N-C
73 1992 Bandys 40, N-C 33 at N-C
73 2012 Bandys 49, N-C 24 at N-C (state playoffs)
(2006 at Gurley Stadium)
In a game that included 894 yards of total offense – 509 by the Red Devils – QB Devon Danner led the Red Devils romp with TD runs of 20 and 60 yards and threw for two TDs.
RB Brandon Knox added two scoring runs on a night the Red Devils scored 10 times – eight times via their running game – and forced the Trojans into four turnovers while making none.
(2008 at Butler Stadium)
RB Dorian Jones ran 19 times for 205 yards, scoring on runs of 19, 5, 5 and 216 yards — and QB A.J. Bazzle went 5-for-5 for 100 yards and rushed for three scores, as the Red Devils overcame two 200-yard performances from Bandys stars.
RB Josh McCombs ran 20 times for 297 yards, scoring on runs of 80, 1 and 66 yards, and QB Kyle Houser went 17-29-3 for 265 yards and two TD throws to WR Seth Cranfill in a loss.
The Red Devils outgained the Trojans 501-252.
(2015 at Butler Stadium)
QB Cameron Stanley had a huge game for the Red Devils as they won a game in which the teams combined for 815 yards (N-C 448, Bandys 367).
Stanley completed 17 of 23 passes for 367 yards and had 401 yards of total offense that included throwing eight passes for 241 yards to RB Alex Johnson. Johnson caught TD passes of 75 and 84 yards.
Bandys countered with 186 rushing yards on 16 carries by RB Andrew Mosteller.
(2003 at Gurley Stadium)
Bandys head coach Randy Lowman pulled star QB Zach Elliott with about seven minutes to go in the third quarter as the Trojans dominated the Red Devils.
Elliott left having completed 14 of 17 passes for 267 yards as Bandys posted 481 yards of total offense and held the Red Devils to 96, including three rushing yards on 28 carries.
Cody Bolick of Bandys had a 57-yard TD reception and returned an interception 83 yards for a score.
Had Lowman not pulled Elliott early, the Trojans – who forced three turnovers, had eight players score and gave star RB Chris Spade only 14 carries before calling him to the sidelines — probably would have scored anywhere from 80 to 100 points.
(1992 at Gurley Stadium)
The Trojans won for the first time in their series with the Red Devils, prevailing behind QB Jerod Lutz and RB Brandon Burris.
Lutz had a 3-yard TD run and threw a 26-yard TD pass and Burris had scoring runs of 1 and 37 yards in the victory.
J.J. Ramseur ran for two scores for the Red Devils and Gary Barber returned a kickoff 89 yards for a TD.
(2012 at Gurley Stadium)
WR Hunter Lackey and RB Quiante Derr led the Trojans to 427 yards of total offense and a second-round state 2A playoff victory.
Lackey caught a 29-yard TD pass from QB Anthony Toscano and returned a fumble 24 yards for a score while Derr had three TD runs (39, 1, 2 yards) among his 31 carries for 211 yards.
Toscano went 5-of-7 for 100 yards after having 224 yards in an earlier regular-season loss to the Red Devils in Newton.
Bandys, which held the Red Devils to 262 yards, was eliminated in the next round by South Iredell.
(1998 at Butler Stadium)
Future college stars Bryan Moss (QB) and Chris Douglas (RB) led the Trojans in a romp at home.
Moss, who later played at East Carolina, completed nine of 12 passes for 234 yards and threw for four TDs and ran for another.
Douglas — who went on to become an All-ACC and all-time leader at Duke and who would have made the New York Giants roster if not for an injury in a preseason game at the Carolina Panthers — ran 22 times for 150 yards and two scores.