NORTHWESTERN FOOTHILLS 2A ROUNDUP
Wildcats survive 315 yards rushing by
Foard’s Corey Siemer to take league lead
Down by 10 points early, Draughn High still hung with Fred T. Foard on Friday night and came back to beat the host Tigers 55-52 in the opening varsity football game of the Northwestern Foothills 2A schedule for both teams.
In a game that featured 65 combined points in the second quarter, the Wildcats (1-2) grabbed a 55-45 lead on a 40-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Braxton Cox to Nick Chrisco in the fourth quarter.
Foard (0-3) pulled within three points when running back Corey Siemer — who ran 34 times for 315 yards — scored on a 1-yard run and Daniel Lackey kicked a PAT to make it 55-52.
The Tigers were up 10-0 after one quarter via Lackey’s 32-yard field goal and the first of five rushing TDs by Siemer, a 3-yard run.
Foard led 45-28 at the half but Draughn roared into the lead, 49-45, with three third quarter scores – Trent Corn’s 24-yard run, a 67-yard pass from Cox to Keh-nai Banks and Cox’s 51-yard throw to Denver Treadway.
The Tigers finished with 368 yards on offense while Draughn had 410 yards with Cox going 15 of 26 for 273 yards.
Corn ran for 112 yards for the Wildcats and Treadway had four catches for 113 yards.
Foard scored 35 points in the second quarter with Siemer breaking runs of 71, 29 and 44 yards for scores and Dalton Jackson returning a kickoff 85 yards for a TD.
Draughn had 28 points in the second quarter, including an 80-yard kickoff return TD by Banks.
After Jackson’s kickoff return, Siemer’s 44-yard run and a Lackey PAT gave Foard a 38-21 lead.
The win was the second in 14 games for Chris Powell as head coach at Draughn and left Ryan Gettys still chasing the first win of his second tenure as head coach at Foard.
Siemer had 284 yards rushing on 18 carries last season when Foard routed Draughn 54-7 in Valdese.
Patton 3, McDowell 0
Sophomore Eliseo Rameriz’s 25-yard field goal with 1:27 left in the third quarter was the game’s only score.
The Panthers (1-2) held the Titans (1-2) to three first downs and 87 yards of offense, 56 of that rushing.
Running back Bryson Ratliff led Patton with 76 rushing yards while the Panthers’ defense limited McDowell to just three first downs and recovered two fumbles.
McDowell had only two plays of 10 or more yards and could not get its running game going. Quantavian Moore, who had 154 yards in a victory a week ago against East Burke, was held to 17 yards on 10 carries.
The Panthers beat the Titans for the second straight year in Marion. The endowment game was originally schedule at Patton but moved to Marion.
A year ago, in a 35-13 victory, Ratliff ran for 57 yards and three scores.
Maiden 40, Bunker Hill 13
Quarterback Ethan Rhodes threw for 281 yards and had long scoring passes to Brennan James and Dylan Abernethy as the Blue Devils (2-1) beat the Bears for the 30th straight time.
Coming off a 14-13 home loss to South Caldwell, the Blue Devils were dominant against Bunker Hill (0-3).
Rhodes’ TD passes included 55 and 84 yards to James and 37 and 75 to Abernathy, who finished with 138 receiving yards.
Kaden Robinson had a 76-yard kickoff return for Bunker Hill, which grabbed an early lead on a 1-yard run by quarterback Carson Elder.
Maiden has won 16 straight games at Bunker Hill and is 35-5 against the Bears since 1980.
Bunker Hill hasn’t beaten the Blue Devils since 1989 (24-8 at Maiden) and the Bears haven’t beaten Maiden in Claremont since 1988 (24-12).
North Lincoln 51, West Caldwell 7
The Knights scored on their first five possessions and rolled past the Warriors (0-3), who have lost 17 straight games.
North Lincoln (2-1) scored in a wide variety of ways, including via a safety, fumble recovery in the end zone and an interception return for a TD.
North Lincoln led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter and 51-0 at halftime.
Defensively, North Lincoln had four interceptions and held the Warriors to five first downs – one first down coming via a penalty.
Jake Soorus scored three TDs for the Knights (two rushing, one receiving).
North Lincoln head coach Nick Bazzle improved to 12-5 since returning to Lincoln County and to coaching. He is a former East Lincoln star athlete.
Freedom 56, East Burke 7
Freedom rode another big game by quarterback Jayden Birchfield to a victory on the road in the annual Fat Friday game between Burke County rivals.
The Patriots improved to 2-1 as Birchfield threw for 221 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another score.
East Burke (1-2) got its only score in the fourth quarter via a 4-yard pass from Brett Childers to Luke Coble.
Birchfield accounted for seven scores a week ago – six passing and one rushing – in a 60-14 victory at Draughn. The six TD throws are a Burke County single game record and he has 10 TD passes this season.
Unofficially, Birchfield already has 577 passing yards this season.
Hibriten 36, Ashe County 18
The Panthers (2-1) won for the 46th time in 49 games, rallying for a victory on the road.
Taylib Howell, Noah Isbell and Elijah Suddreth had rushing TDs and Austin Annas caught a TD pass from quarterback Daren Perry for Hibriten.
Griffin Bryson kicked a 31-yard field goal for the Panthers.
Hibriten ran for 413 yards with Howell leading the way with 116 yards, and the Panthers held Ashe County to 201 yards.
Ashe County led 18-12 at the half and the Panthers scored 14 points in the third quarter to go in front 26-18.