HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Siemer sizzles as Foard picks up season’s first victory

Published Saturday, September 15th, 2018

Siemer’s top rushing game a season ago was 173 yards at East Burke and he ran for 172 at North Lincoln… His best rushing game at home last season was for 74 yards against West Iredell … Foard had seven 100-yard rushing games a year ago, two by Siemer and five by Tate Beaver, who graduated … Beaver had the top two rushing games a year ago, 189 yards at St. Stephens and 188 yards at home against West Iredell.


NEWTON – Corey Siemer helped Fred T. Foard High take some of the sting away from a disappointing start to the football season on Thursday night.

Siemer, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior running back, ran 24 times for 249 yards and four touchdowns as the Tigers won their first game of the season, beating visiting St. Stephens 38-22.


He had his third 100-yard game of the season and is averaging 8.2 yards per carry and has 625 rushing yards. Last season, when Foard went 9-4, Siemer unofficially ran for 901 yards.

Three second-half scoring runs by Siemer helped Foard (1-4) avoid its first 0-5 start since a winless season in 2013.

Foard led 18-13 heading into the fourth quarter and extended its lead on a 14-yard TD run by Siemer about two minutes into the final quarter.

After the Indians (1-3) closed within 24-22 via a 1-yard TD run by Nathaniel Vera and two-point conversion pass — Vera from Connor Williams — the Tigers opened widened their lead.

Siemer ran 49 yards for a score with a bit more than five minutes left to play, and his 7-yard run with about 2 ½ minutes to go put Foard ahead by 16 points.

Foard opened the scoring with a 33-yard run by Siemer and a two-point conversion run by quarterback Jack Colosimo and then added a 46-yard field goal by Daniel Lackey that was set up by a turnover.

St. Stephens running back Xavian King, who ran for 90 yards, ran for a TD and two-point conversion midway through the second quarter to get the Indians within 11-8 by halftime.

Colosimo’s 10-yard TD run in the third quarter had Foard up 18-8 before King’s 5-yard scoring run made it 18-14.

Siemer capped a 130-yard second half with three rushing TDs as beat St. Stephens for the second straight season.

Foard opened the season with losses to Maiden, Bandys, North Lincoln and West Lincoln – teams that are a combined 13-3 – and had scored only 39 points coming in.

The Tigers will open Northwestern Foothills 2A play on Friday night (7:30 p.m.) with a homecoming game against Patton.

St. Stephens is at home on Friday (7:30 p.m.), facing Freedom in a Northwestern 3A-4A opener.


Foard is 19-17 against St. Stephens in games since 1980 and, in records dating back to 1983, 7-11 at Foard … The Tigers avoided going to 0-5 for the 11th time in school history …Foard is now 13-16 under second-year head coach Derrick Minor, who needs seven wins this season to reach 50 in his seven-year career… St. Stephens has 20 wins under head coach Wayne Hicks, who is in his sixth season.

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