Last time Bears beat Blue Devils, their star
was current Catawba County Schools AD
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By CHRIS HOBBS
CLAREMONT – Bunker Hill High will play one of its biggest regular-season football games in school history on Friday night, playing host to rival Maiden.
Both teams are 7-0 overall and share the Catawba Valley 2A Athletic lead, each at 4-0.
Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Maiden has won 30 straight games in the series with Bunker Hill’s last victory coming on the road 24-8 in the fifth game of the 1989 season.
The last Bears victory was led by a quarterback who has remained in athletics in Catawba County – Lee Miller, currently athletic director of the Catawba County Schools, was under center that night for Bunker Hill.
Miller’s career also includes a stint as an assistant coach for the Bears, and he was their head coach for six seasons (2001-2006).
Before moving into his current role, Miller was a principal in the Catawba County Schools. He left that role at Bunker Hill to work in the central office.
The 1988 and 1989 teams that beat Maiden were coached by Randy Faucette.
Bunker Hill has indicated its 7-0 start is the school’s best in varsity football since 1968.
Bunker Hill is chasing its fourth varsity football title – the Bears (11-1) won titles in 1967 and 1968 (7-2-1) under Bob Starnes and shared a 1980 title with Maiden, going 6-4-1 under Mike McRee.
The Bears picked up the school’s 300th varsity football win (unofficial totals) with a 40-0 home victory over West Caldwell on Sept. 24.
YARDSTICK FROM LAST
BUNKER HILL WIN OVER MAIDEN
BUNKER HILL 24, MAIDEN 8
(at Maiden, fifth game of 1989 season)
Scoring (not in order it happened)
BH—Junior McDaniel 27 pass from Lee Miller
BH—Miller 36 run
BH—Miller 27 run
BH—FG 36 Casey Smith
M—Mickey Farr 2 run (Farr run)
First downs 13 5
Rush-yards 58-300 19-44
Passing yards 44 62
Passing 2-6-0 5-17-2
Yards penalized 83 35
Fumbles-Lost 1 0
Notes: Smith kicked three PATs for Bunker Hill… The Bears came in 3-1, beating Fred T. Foard 58-6, falling 27-9 at St. Stephens, winning 21-20 at Chase and beating Mooresville 15-14 in Claremont… Maiden came in 2-1-1, tying St. Stephens 14-14 on the road, winning 15-6 at Fred T. Foard and 35-14 at home against Cherryville and falling 26-14 at Bandys … The TD runs were the second and third of the season for Miller, who had not scored in three games after accounting for 16 points in the opener against Foard (he finished the year with six rushing TDs and seven TD passes) … Farr scored only one additional rushing TD that year for Maiden, a 4-yard run in a win over West Lincoln.. QB Ashley Abernathy was Maiden’s scoring leader that season, compiling 86 points… Bunker Hill won seven straight after a loss to St. Stephens and lost its last two games, 33-15 at home against Newton-Conover and 28-21 in the first round of the state 2A playoffs at home against Mitchell County… Maiden finished 4-5-1.
OTHER HOT STARTS BY THE BEARS
Started 4-0, beating Cherryville, Fred T. Foard, St. Stephens and West Lincoln before losing 25-18 at Maiden, 58-0 at Statesville and 44-8 at home against West Iredell. Team finished 7-5 under head coach Randy Faucette.
RB Reggie Davis was the team star, rushing 125 times for 808 yards in the first five games. He finished with 280 carries for 1,687 yards with 15 rushing scores.
The Bears finished 7-5 with Travis Conner as head coach.
Opened with five straight wins, over Cherryville, St. Stephens, North Lincoln, Fred T. Foard and East Burke. Lost the next three – South Iredell, Draughn and Newton-Conover – before a win over West Caldwell. Lost the last two games, going 6-6, at Maiden and at Bandys.
Conner was head coach.
RB Reggie Davis again paced the hot start with 115 carries for 879 yards and 15 rushing TDs in the first five games. He finished with 287 carries for 1,779 yards and 21 rushing scores.
The Bears finished 5-6 when they lost six of their last seven games under Conner.
RB Justin Lynch starred in the 5-0 start with 118 carries for 910 yards and 11 rushing TDs. He finished with 170 carries for 1,289 yards and 18 rushing TDs in nine games (did not play in final two games versus Maiden and Bandys)
Beat Cherryville, St. Stephens, Fred T. Foard and West Iredell before falling 38-17 at home against Maiden. Also lost at home to West Lincoln, at East Lincoln and at home to Lincolnton.
The team went 8-5 under Conner and reached the third round of the state 2AA playoffs, losing 34-28 at Hunter Huss.
In the 4-0 start, RB Justin Eckerd had 74 carries for 486 yards and QB Colton Chapman had 29 rushes for 290 yards and 241 passing yards.