Hunter Huss defeated Concord 19-14 in a hard fought contest.
Read MoreHuss wasted little time scoring on their second offensive play on quarterback Marshall Williams' 80 yard touchdown run. Later in the 1st quarter Concord tied the game when Denzel Phillips rambled 45 yards for a touchdown.
Defense and turnovers were the theme in the second quarter. There were several exchanges after 3 and out possessions. Huss was in scoring position but the Spider defense forced a fumble near the goalline. Just before halftime Williams added a short touchtown to put the Huskies up 13-7 at the break.
Concord received the kickoff to start the second half but were unable to control the ball. Huss took over near the Concord 20 yard line but the Spider defense came up with another turnover. Later in the 3rd Concord quarterback Jacquise Moore found Elijah Bost over the middle for a 90 yard touchdown pass. Brandon Barnhardt added the extra point to put the Spiders ahead 14-13. Huss moved down the field again but were once again denied points as Spider defensive back Ryan Goodman blocked a 30 yard field goal attempt.
Early in the 4th Concord fumbled the pitch on an option run. Huss took advantage as Williams found his receiver on a jump ball in the endzone. Concord stopped the 2 point conversion attempt.
On the ensuing kickoff the Concord returner ran into his own man and fumbled. Concord's defense held and stopped the Huskies on a 4th down run. After a Concord punt the defense stopped another Huskie 4th down run to setup one more chance for the Spiders. Senior quarterback Sean Willix had some success leading the Spiders down the field but the Huskies stopped the Spiders on a 4th down pass.
With Concord out of time outs and the game seemingly over Huss fumbled the ball one more time. Concord drove to the Huss 35 yard line but were unable to score.
Jacquise Moore took most of the snaps at quarterback finishing 7-9 with 149 yards. Denzel Phillips led the Spiders with 57 yards rushing. Elijah Bost led Concord with 112 yards receiving.
Jalen Brown paced the Spider defense with 11 tackles. Bradley Phillips, Jacquise Moore, and Taj Williams each recovered a fumble.
Stats courtesy Scott Dyer and Billy Lyery.
Photos from Dale Barbee coming soon.
Concord has the open date next week, the Spiders return to action September 25 hosting the Northwest Cabarrus Trojans.
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Lexington defeated Concord 21-15 Friday night at Robert C. Bailey Stadium. The Spiders overcame a 15-0 Lexington halftime lead to tie the game in the 4th but Lexington added the deciding touchdown with 5 minutes remaining.
After a few punts Lexington got on the board with a Quandarious Crump 27 yard touchdown run. Early in the second quarter Lexington struck again as Trae Sanders added a 22 yard touchdown run, the Yellow Jackets added a 2 point conversion run to stretch their lead to 15-0. Lexington would drive again but the Spider defense recovered a Yellow Jacket fumble to end the drive. Concord was unable to capitalize on the fumble. Later Lexington would miss a 27 yard field goal attempt. Jason Willix picked off an Al Challenger pass to end another yellow Jacket drive.
Spider wide receiver Jacquise Moore took over at quarterback to start the game. However the Spiders offense would still struggle against a solid Lexington defense. The Spiders ended the first half with 18 yards and one first down.
In the second half the Spiders dialed up the intensity. Defensive back Mark O'Brien picked off an Al Challenger pass and returned it into Lexington territory but the drive stalled. On the next Lexington drive the Spider defense held the Jackets after 3 consecutive losses.
Jacquise Moore provided the spark the Spiders needed on a spectacular 91 yard touchdown run. Moore scrambled, eluded one Lexington player and ran untouched the rest of the way. Concord's defense held again and the Lexington punter was tackled at his own 15 after a bad snap.
Lexington's defense held the Spiders to a 4th down and 4 to go. Spider quarterback Jordan Havinga was able to draw an offsides penalty to continue the drive. Lexington buckled down again forcing a Brandon Barnhardt field goal attempt. After a botched snap holder Ryan Goodman scooped the ball up and scrambled to his left throwing a pass back toward the right pylon. Jacquise Moore outjumped two Lexington defenders to make the catch and score. Concord would add a two point conversion pass form Jordan Havinga to DeAndre Schoolfield to tie the game.
The deciding play came with about 5 minutes remaining. Al Challenger found Reco Hairston on a long pass play. Hairston fumbled near the goal line but Lexington tailback Duke Horton recovered and scored. The extra point was no good. Concord could not answer and Lexington put the game away with a 4th down conversion.
Jalen Brown led all defenders with 8 tackles. Wesley Scott had 3 tackles for a loss. Mark O'Brien and Jason Willix added interceptions.
Jaquise Moore led the Spiders with 89 yards rushing and a touchdown reception.
Photos from Dale Barbee coming soon.
Stats courtesy Scott Dyer and Billy Lyerly.