NORTHWESTERN FOOTHILLS 2A ROUNDUP
Hibriten takes over first place; Patton’s run game crushes Cavs
Needing a score to go ahead late, the Bears delivered a 17-yard TD pass from quarterback Carson Elder to Kaden Robinson and a go-ahead PAT by Matt Garcia.
The Bears grabbed an early 21-6 lead on homecoming night at The Hill before the Wildcats rallied.
Quarterback Braxton Cox threw 4 yards to Beckett Nelson for a TD and Cox ended the next Bears drive by intercepting a pass. That set up Cox’s 57-yard scoring throw to Nick Chrisco.
When Cox hit Crisco for a 7-yard TD, the Wildcats pulled within 21-19 at halftime.
Draughn’s first lead was 27-21 on a 2-yard TD run by Trent Corn in the third quarter.
The drive that gained the go-ahead score was 12 plays.
Draughn was in Bears territory after Khe-Nai Banks had a kickoff return of nearly 30 yards.
Aaron Bryant of Bunker Hill had a sack that caused a fumble near the 40 as the clock ran out.
The victory was the fifth for Patrick Clark as Bunker Hill’s head coach; the Bears’ other wins this season are at Bandys by three points and at Fred T. Foard last week by two points on a Garcia field goal.
Draughn had won two straight in Claremont and still leads the series 4-3.
Hibriten 60, Fred T. Foard 7
The Panthers (6-1, 3-0) are alone in first place in the Northwestern Foothills 2A after routing the visiting Tigers (1-7, 1-3).
Hibriten scored eight rushing TDs – to by Noah Isbell – and four of them were 25 or more yards.
The Panthers grabbed a 17-0 lead after one quarter via a 2-yard TD run by Trey Pierce, a 33-yard field goal by Griffin Bryson and Taylib Howell’s 2-yard scoring run.
It was 24-0 at the half after Isbell scored on a 9-yard run for the only TD points of the second quarter.
Isbell broke a run for 25 yards for a third-quarter TD and Elijah Suddreth had a 7-yard scoring run to boost Hibriten’s lead to 38-0 after three quarters.
Cedric Shuford (40 yards), Zion Norwood (35 yards) and Quaidyn Tugman (30 yards) had the other Hibriten rushing TDs.
The Panthers won their fifth straight game in the series and for the 10th time in 11 games, plus beating Foard at Hibriten for the seventh straight time.
Hibriten has now won six or more games in 13 consecutive years, and the Panthers are 50-3 in their last 53 games.
Patton 49, East Burke 21
The Panthers (2-5, 1-2) stopped a three-game skid with a punishing running game that included a season-high 466 yards in a conference game at home.
The Patton trio of Weston Fleming, Bryon Ratliff and Jackson Vance combined for more than 400 rushing yards and six scores to overwhelm the Cavs (2-5, 1-2).
Fleming ran for two scores and nearly 80 yards and Ratliff had two TD runs and more than 120 rushing yards.
East Burke was led by running back Josh Moore’s three scores and he had more than 95 rushing yards. Quarterback Seth Pruitt added more than 160 yards passing and hit Luke Coble eight times.
Patton takes a 6-5 series lead by winning and has won four straight and five of the last six over the Cavs.
The Panthers, who have made the state playoffs each of the last four seasons, are now 9-10 under head coach Jonathan Browining.
West Iredell 30, West Caldwell 19
Quarterback Eli Kitchens ran for a TD and threw for another and running back Myles Jackson had two rushing scores as West Iredell (4-3, 2-1) won a Northwestern Foothills 2A game at home.
Kitchens threw 37 yards to Say’qwon Miller in the first quarter, and the game was tied at 7 at the half afer Faizon Dickson’s 2-yard TD run with five minutes, 46 seconds left in the first half.
Kitchens ran 37 yards for a go-ahead score with 8:47 left in the third quarter. About four minutes later, Makyis Dula ran 12 yards for a TD for West Caldwell but the PAT was blocked and West Iredell led 14-13.
Jackson’s 2-yard run in the final 32 seconds of the third quarter and a two-point conversion run made it 22-13.
West Caldwell (0-7, 0-3) closed within 22-19 when Dickson threw 63 yards to Mark Lopez for a TD but the PAT was no good.
West Iredell closed the scoring with 9:05 to play on a 5-yard TD run by Jackson and two-point conversion.