Concord hosted arch-rival A.L. Brown Thursday night in the 87th meeting between the neighboring schools. Brown kept the Victory Bell with a 31-19 win.
The Brown defense kept Concord's offense in check for much of the night. The Wonders held the Spiders to -33 rushing yards and produced 4 turnovers. The Wonders scored on three of the four Spider giveaways.
Brown took an early lead when Cordarious Butler found Lewis Harris for a 6 yard touchdown pass.
The Spider found a spark in the second quarter, Senior tailback P.J. Hall took a short screen pass and bolted down the Wonder sideline to tie the score at 7 a piece.
On the ensuing Wonder drive Ja'Nai Spratt scopped up a fumble and rambled 37 yards for a touchdown. Wonder quaterback Cordarious Butler was injured trying to corral the fumble. We wish him a speedy recovery.
However the Spiders momentum was short lived. The Spiders would turn the ball over twice deep in their own territory, both leading to Wonder touchdowns.
Brown enjoyed a 21-13 halftime advantage.
The defenses controlled the 3rd quarter.
Early in the 4th Wonder kicker Brian Guttierez booted a 26 yard field goal to put the Wonders up 24-13.
Justin Nicholson kept the Spiders in the game with a spectacular 83 yard punt return touchdown with 7:34 left in the contest.
Down 24-19 the Spider defense provided a key stop giving the offense one last chance to take the lead. Wonder defender Steven Howie erased any thoughts of a comeback by picking off a Spider pass and returning it for a touchdown with 1:18 left.
Hamsah Nasirildeen had a monster night, closing with 16 tackles. The Spider D held the Wonders to around 225 yards of total offense. The turnovers were too much to overcome.
The Spider offense struggled at times but there were bright spots.
B - Harris 5 yard pass from Butler (Gutierrez kick), 5:08.
C - Hall 60 yard pass from Lancaster (Trott kick), 9:03
C - Spratt 37 fumble return (2pt pass failed), 7:51
B - Mahatha 1 run (Gutierrez kick), 6:03
B - Mahatha 3 run (Gutierrez kick), 4:17
B - Gutierrez 26 FG, 10:04.
C - Justin Nicholson 83 punt return (2pt pass failed), 7:34.
B - Howie 30 yard interception return (Gutierrez kick), 1:18.
The Spiders kick off the 2016 football campaign tonight at 7:30 vs. A.L. Brown.
Opportunties to play are abundant for the Spiders.
One major hole to fill is quarterback. Senior Jacob Irby and sophomore Larkin Lancaster will compete to replace four year starter Keenan Black.
The ground game will be in good hands with returning senior P.J. Hall and junior Jay Wilkinson.
Receivers Hamsah Nasirildeen, Ikym Hall, Antonio Campbell, Jourdain Heilig, and tight end Isaac Staton are all potent weapons.
There was no full moon this week but it was still a wild night on Friday the 13th at Robert C. Bailey Stadium.
The first half was a slugfest. Both teams took each others best shot and kept getting back up. The standing room only crowd saw Kannapolis opening the scoring as Matthew Ouellette scored on a short run. The PAT was blocked.
Concord replied with a solid drive capped with a Mike Moore touchdown run. Kannapolis scored again as QB Jonathan Efird found Jesse Gillion for a 20 yard touchdown pass. Efird hit TE Zach Massey for the 2 point conversion.
Contributed by Concord Football Historian David Stancil
* - Concord forfeited a 21-0 victory on the field in 2001 due to an ineligible player.