Friday Night Recap Week 10

Friday Night Spotlight Game of the Week

#18 Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy (9-0) 26, #8 Bessemer City (8-1) 14

We had a couple of undefeated squads squaring off in Bessemer City Friday night. Not only were bragging rights on the line, but also Southern Piedmont 1A supremacy. The winner would essentially take the driver’s seat in the conference and have the inside track on the title. Bessemer City entered the game as favorites, ranking ten spots higher than T.J.C.A. in the latest polls. Though neither team had been overly tested this season, it was time to figure out what each team was made of. Somebody had to suffer their first loss of the season.

Early in the first quarter, Bessemer came out firing, taking their opening drive to the house. Senior Zavion Williams capped off the Yellow Jackets inaugural possession, receiving Bruce Gunter’s only TD pass of the game. Williams then punched in the two-point conversion to push the lead to 8-0. On the ensuing possession, the T.J.C.A. Gryphons answered right back. Within a minute, the Gryphons had six points on the board after Junior QB Nomi McMullens connected with Matthew Martin. A failed two-point conversion left the game at 8-6.

Bessemer City stalled out on their next drive and punted back to the Gryphons with 8 minutes to go in the first quarter. Just like the previous T.J.C.A drive, the Gryphons’ quick-strike capability was on full display. A minute after gaining possession, T.J.C.A. was back in the end zone. This time, Senior Max Robbins took a McMullens’ pass 60-yards in for the score. Gryphon Kicker Zander Bell drilled the extra-point for a 13-8 lead.

After exchanging punts, Bessemer City found themselves inside the Gryphon 20-yard line early in the second quarter. A few plays later, Zavion Williams was in the end zone, this time rushing, for his second TD of the game. The Yellow Jackets failed to convert on the two-point conversion to keep the lead 14-13. That would remain the score through halftime.

T.J.C.A took control of the game in the third quarter. McMullens threw his third and fourth TDs of the game. The first, a 13-yard strike to Robbins for the senior’s second TD of the day. Later in the quarter, Stephen Hargett put the nail in the Yellow Jackets coffin after taking a 60-yard McMullens’ bomb to the promised land.

The Yellow Jackets had chances to cut into the Gryphon lead but couldn’t capitalize. A turnover on downs inside the Gryphon 20 early in the fourth quarter deflated any opportunity for a Bessemer City comeback. T.J.C.A. then bled clock with a strong ground attack. On the night, Gryphon runners totaled 180 yards on 35 carries (McMullens: 18/112, Bill Lay: 17/68).

Southeastern Piedmont power now resides with Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy. The Gryphons (9-0, 5-0) own sole possession of first place in the conference and can secure the crown with a victory against Mountain Island Charter (7-2, 4-1). Bessemer City (8-1, 4-1) will travel to Community School of Davidson (4-5, 3-2).


Top 25 Rundown

4A

School (Record)

Score

Week 10 Opponent

1 Mallard Creek (9-0) 27-18 vs #17 North Mecklenburg
2 Wake Forest (9-0) 42-6 vs Rolesville
3 Harding Uni. (9-1) 53-0 at South Mecklenburg
4 D.W. Butler (6-2) 42-43 vs #19 Hickory Ridge
5 Scotland (7-1) 47-28 vs Pinecrest
6 Heritage (9-0) 28-0 at Knightdale
7 West Forsyth (9-0) 45-24 at R.J. Reynolds
8 Glenn (9-0) 35-17 at #22 Davie
9 Hoggard (9-0) 50-0 at 3A North Brunswick
10 Myers Park (8-1) 36-13 at East Mecklenburg
11 Page (8-1) 48-0 vs High Point Central
12 Providence (6-3) 45-13 vs Olympic
13 Hough (7-2) 22-7 vs West Charlotte
14 Cardinal Gibbons (9-0) 41-17 at Broughton
15 Z.B. Vance (7-2) 70-17 vs Lake Norman
16 West Mecklenburg (6-3) BYE
17 North Mecklenburg (7-2) 18-27 at #1 Mallard Creek
18 Richmond (6-3) 49-27 vs Lumberton
19 Hickory Ridge (8-1) 43-42 at #4 D.W. Butler
20 Seventy-First (7-2) 41-12 vs Purnell Swett
21 East Forsyth (5-4) 59-33 at Ronald Reagan
22 Davie (4-5) 17-35 vs #8 Glenn
23 Porter Ridge (6-3) 43-20 vs Rocky River
24 Sanderson (6-3) 21-17 at Millbrook
25 Middle Creek (7-2) 41-6 at Apex

3A

School (Record)

Score

Week 10 Opponent

1 Charlotte Catholic (9-0) 48-7 at Parkwood
2 Dudley (8-1) 28-12 at Parkland
3 New Hanover (9-0) 37-0 at 4A Ashley
4 Marvin Ridge (9-0) 27-24 vs #9 Weddington
5 Jacksonville (8-1) 47-0 at Swansboro
6 Southern Nash (8-1) 56-7 at Hunt
7 Kings Mountain (8-1) 15-0 vs Burns
8 Mount Tabor (7-2) 17-14 at #24 SW Guilford
9 Weddington (6-3) 24-27 at #4 Mavin Ridge
10 Havelock (8-1) 49-7 vs Northside-Jacksonville
11 Clayton (8-0) 35-13 vs Cleveland
12 Western Alamance (9-0) 38-0 at NE Guilford
13 Sun Valley (7-2) 42-13 at Cuthbertson
14 A.C. Reynolds (8-1) 56-14 at North Buncombe
15 Cape Fear (8-2) 37-21 at 4A Pine Forest
16 Lee County (9-0) 68-0 vs Union Pines
17 Crest (6-3) 49-13 at North Gaston
18 A.L. Brown (8-1) 28-15 at NW Cabarrus
19 Terry Sanford (8-1) 29-28 at 4A South View
20 Eastern Guilford (8-2) 56-14 vs Southern Alamance
21 South Iredell (7-2) 63-20 vs East Rowan
22 J.M. Robinson (7-2) 21-13 vs Cox Mill
23 D.H. Conley (8-1) 49-13 vs J.H. Rose
24 SW Guilford (6-3) 14-17 vs #8 Mount Tabor
25 Alexander Central (9-0) 59-21 vs St. Stephens

2A

School (Record)

Score

Week 10 Opponent

1 Shelby (8-1) 51-6 at East Gaston
2 South Point (9-0) 62-0 at R-S Central
3 Reidsville (9-0) BYE
4 East Duplin (9-0) BYE
5 Wallace-Rose Hill (7-1) 63-20 at Goldsboro
6 Hibriten (9-0) 62-15 vs East Burke
7 Northeastern (9-0) 49-6 vs Bertie
8 North Davidson (8-1) 59-0 at Central Davidson
9 Mountain Heritage (8-0) 57-12 at Madison
10 Franklin (9-0) 42-0 vs East Henderson
11 South Granville (9-0) 37-26 at Bunn
12 South Columbus (9-0) 43-13 vs South Robeson
13 Newton-Conover (8-1) 49-6 vs North Lincoln
14 Mount Pleasant (6-2) 43-6 at Forest Hills
15 Randleman (7-1) 45-0 at Trinity
16 East Bladen (8-1) W/For. vs East Columbus
17 SW Edgecombe (8-1) 21-7 at Farmville Central
18 Nash Central (7-2) 40-33 vs Beddingfield
19 Hendersonville (6-3) 35-29 vs #25 Pisgah
20 Ledford Sr. (7-1) BYE
21 Maiden (9-0) 44-43 2OT vs East Lincoln
22 SW Onslow (6-3) 49-0 vs Richlands
23 Whiteville (8-1) 57-0 at 1A West Columbus
24 Patton (7-2) BYE
25 Pisgah (6-4) 29-35 at #19 Hendersonville

1A

School (Record)

Score

Week 10 Opponent

1 Tarboro (10-0) 62-0 at Riverside
2 Mount Airy (9-0) 57-0 vs WPA
3 East Wilkes (8-0) 47-21 at Ashe County
4 J.A. Holmes (8-1) 49-6 at Gates County
5 Mitchell (8-1) 25-7 at #16 Polk County
6 Murphy (7-2) 27-29 at #24 Swain County
7 North Rowan (7-2) 7-35 at #10 North Stanly
8 Bessemer City (8-1) 14-26 vs #18 TJCA
9 North Duplin (8-0) 40-39 OT at Princeton
10 North Stanly (8-1) 35-7 at #7 North Rowan
11 Cherokee (8-0) 18-9 vs #14 Robbinsville
12 East Surry (6-3) 63-0 at North Stokes
13 Manteo (8-1) 49-0 vs Perquimans
14 Robbinsville (6-3) 9-18 at #11 Cherokee
15 Mountain Is. Charter (7-2) 48-18 vs Pine Lake Prep
16 Polk County (6-3) 7-25 vs #5 Mitchell
17 Northampton County (9-1) 46-8 at KIPP Pride
18 T.J.C.A. (9-0) 26-14 at #8 Bessemer City
19 Starmount (5-4) 31-7 vs 2A North Wilkes
20 West Montgomery (7-2) 54-0 vs North Moore
21 Lakewood (7-2) 48-0 at Hobbton
22 East Carteret (6-3) 24-6 vs Pender
23 Southside (6-4) 12-16 vs Northside-Pinetown
24 Swain County (5-4) 29-27 vs #6 Murphy
25 Union Academy (5-4) 36-38 vs CDoD

*Legend* Red= “Upset” Loss, Pink= “Upset” Win, Green= Loss to team of higher classification, Blue= Win vs team of higher classification

 


Week 10 “Upsets”

4A

  • #19 Hickory Ridge 43, #4 D.W. Butler 42

3A

  • #19 Terry Sanford 29, 4A South View 28

2A

  • None

1A

  • #6 Murphy 27, #24 Swain County 29
  • #18 T.J.C.A 26, Bessemer City 14

Games of the Week

4A

17 North Mecklenburg (7-2) 18
1 Mallard Creek (9-0) 27
19 Hickory Ridge (8-1) 43
4 D.W. Butler (6-2) 42
8 Glenn (9-0) 35
22 Davie (4-5) 17

3A

9 Weddington (6-3) 24
4 Marvin Ridge (9-0) 27
8 Mount Tabor (7-2) 17
24 SW Guilford (6-3) 14
19 Terry Sanford (8-1) 29
at 4A South View (7-2) 28

2A

25 Pisgah (6-4) 29
19 Hendersonville (6-3) 35
East Lincoln (5-4) 43
21 Maiden (9-0) 44

1A

5 Mitchell (8-1) 25
16 Polk County (6-3) 7
6 Murphy (7-2) 27
24 Swain County (5-4) 29
7 North Rowan (7-2) 7
10 North Stanly (8-1) 35
18 T.J.C.A. (9-0) 26
8 Bessemer City (8-1) 14
14 Robbinsville (6-3) 9
11 Cherokee (8-0) 18

 

 

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