HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Maiden mashes Bears, has another shot at 4-0 start

Published Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Blue Devils’ win streak over Bunker Hill grows to 29

HobbsDailyReport.com

BET YA DIDN’T KNOW…
The 49-point win margin by Maiden against the Bears was the second-largest in their games since 1980, behind only a 60-7 win by Maiden at home in 2016 …There have been only four other shutout wins in that time frame – Maiden won 27-0 at home in 1983, Maiden won 20-0 at Bunker Hill in 1986, Maiden won 42-0 at Bunker Hill in 2006 and Maiden won 24-0 at Bunker Hill in 2012… The lowest margin of loss for the Bears in their 29 straight losses is 27-26 at Bunker Hill in 1992, when a two-point conversion run by Antoine Ikard and a PAT by Tim Felts allowed the Blue Devils to win by a point despite three rushing TDs by the Bears’ Eric Ellis.

MAIDEN – Maiden High has another chance for an unbeaten start through four football games when it goes to St. Stephens on Friday night, fresh off another romp past Bunker Hill.

The Blue Devils — playing at home — ran their win streak over the Bears to 29 straight with a crushing 49-0 victory on Friday night that featured 475 yards of total offense.

BEST STARTS
A look at some of Maiden’s top starts since 1980, with first loss:
1992, 14-0 W. Brunswick, 6-14
2004, 14-0 Thomasville, 6-23
1990, 12-0 Starmount, 22-27
2017, 11-0 Fred T. Foard, 0-16
1991, 9-0 Mooresville, 12-16
2006, 9-0 Bandys, 18-41
2013, 9-0 E. Lincoln, 0-42
SOURCE: HobbsDailyReport.com research, files

Quarterback Bain Sipe completed 10 of 17 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown and four Blue Devils ran for at least 41 yards.

Caleb McDaniel had two carries for 77 yards, Malik Kennedy added eight carries for 70 yards and scored twice, Lee Turner had 10 carries for 68 yards and two rushing TDs and Sipe finished with five carries for 41 yards and a rushing TD.

Sipe’s 14-yard TD run opened the scoring for Maiden against Bunker Hll (0-3), and Kennedy’s 8-yard scoring run helped Maiden lead 14-0 after one quarter.

Turner’s 2-yard TD run, a 22-yard TD throw from Sipe to Brennan James and a 46-yard TD run by McDaniel had the Blue Devils in front 36-0 at halftime.

Turner added a third-quarter TD run of 8 yards and Kennedy closed the scoring with a 41-yard TD run in the third quarter.

By falling by 49 points, Bunker Hill has now been outscored 149-6 in three games under first-year head coach Patrick Smith, who was an assistant last season at Maiden.

With wins over Fred T. Foard (21-6) and East Burke (68-0) to open the season, Maiden is off to a 3-0 start for the 18th time in 39 years. In their 17 previous shots at starting 4-0, the Blue Devils have succeeded 11 times.

The opportunity at St. Stephens (1-1) gives Maiden a chance at starting 4-0 for the fourth time in six seasons. Kickoff on Friday is at 7:30 p.m.

The Blue Devils have not had back-to-back starts of 4-0 or better since 2000 (7-0) and 2001 (5-0), and their best starts since 1980 are 14-0 in 2004 before a loss to Thomasville and also 14-0 in 1993 before falling to West Brunswick in a state title game.

Bunker Hill will be at home on Friday at 7:30 p.m., facing nearby rival Bandys (2-0) in a non-conference game.

Notes

Maiden is 34-5 against Bunker Hill since 1980 with the Bears’ wins over the Blue Devils in 1980, 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1989 … Bunker Hill’s current principal Lee Miller, who has also been the Bears’ head coaching during his career, led Bunker Hill’s last victory over Maiden, 24-8 in 1989 at Maiden as the starting QB… The Blue Devils’ home win streak over the Bears is now 14 … Maiden is now 22-5 under Will Byrne, a former star receiver for the Blue Devils, in his third season as head coach … Maiden has won 15 straight in the regular season – at Lincolnton to close the 2016 schedule, 11-0 a year ago and 3-0 this season.

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