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Wilmington NC Sports

#5 Ayden-Grifton at #4 Pender

IN THE 1-AA TONIGHT, NUMBER FOUR PENDER HOSTED NUMBER FIVE AYDEN-GRIFTON. PENDER FANS BRAVE THE COLD TO SUPPORT THEIR PATRIOTS. QUARTERBACK ANTHONY BLANKS WARMS THEM UP ON THE THIRD PLAY OF THE GAME, SPRINTING, STUMBLING, AND RECOVERING FOR A 60 YARD TOUCHDOWN RUN. THEN THE P-A-T SNAP IS MUFFED BUT THE HOLDER KEN DE GRANT PICKS IT UP AND THROWS IT TO BLANKS FOR THE UNINTENDED TWO POINT CONVERSION. 8 - ZERO, PENDER. AYDEN HAD TROUBLE GETTING THE OFFENSE GOING, ON THIS PLAY MAURICE CORBETT TAKES DOWN JEREMY HARDY IN THE BACKFIELD. AND HERE AYDEN QUARTERBACK MATT DOUGHERTY LAUNCHES THE BALL DOWNFIELD--RIGHT INTO THE HANDS OF PENDER DEFENDER RENNY HARVEY. HE PICKS UP SOME NICE YARDAGE AFTER THE INTERCEPTION. AYDEN'S DEFENSE WAS UNABLE TO STOP THE RUN, AS JAMES HENRY BREAKS OFF A TWENTY YARD SCAMPER. THE PATRIOT DEFENSE DOMIANTED AS PENDER WON 22 - 0 TO ADVANCE TO THE THIRD ROUND FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW.
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#8 Pine Forest at #1 Hoggard

NUMBER ONE SEED HOGGARD WELCOMES FAYETTEVILLE'S PINE FOREST... THE 8TH SEED. HOGGARD OPENED THE GAME WITH A FIFTY-FIVE YARD RETURN FROM #88 LUKE CALDWELL. THE VIKINGS COME UP SHORT OF A TOUCHDOWN ON THEIR OPENING POSSESSION, BUT CASEY BARTH PUTS THE FIRST POINTS OF THE GAME WITH A THIRTY SEVEN YARD FIELD GOAL. PINE FOREST ANSWERS BACK WITH A TOUCHDOWN....THEY'D GO UP 20-10 AT HALFTIME, BUT IN THE 3RD QUARTER HOGGARD WOULD TAKE OVER... SHAWN SIDBURY TAKES THE PITCH FROM MARC CRECCO FIFTY-FIVE YARDS FOR THE TOUCHDOWN. VIKES DOWN 23-17.. PINE FOREST TURNS-OVER OVER THE BALL, WHICH LEADS TO AN EASY TOUCHDOWN..SIDBURY AGAIN. 31-23 HOGGARD. HOGGARD IS ROLLING ON BOTH ENDS OF THE FIELD NOW. DEFENSE AGAIN...KIARA SCOTT PICKS OFF GREGORY STRASBURGER...VIKINGS CAPITALIZE...CRECCO WITH THE KEEPER...HOGGARD COMPLETES THE COMEBACK IN CONVINCING FASHION, 52-23.
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#14 East Duplin at #6 North Brunswick

TO THE 2-A WE GO, GARY BISHOP'S NORTH BRUNSWICK SCORPIONS... SEEDED SIXTH... WELCOMES 14 SEED EAST DUPLIN TO LELAND. EAST DUPLIN COACH BRIAN ALDRIDGE HAD BEEN A MENTOR TO NORTH BRUNSWICK COACH GARRY BISHOP. THE SCORPS HAD THE BETTER RECORD BUT HAD THEIR HANDS FULL WITH THE PANTHERS. UP 14-0 EARLY UNTIL JOSH KENNEDY CUTS THE SCORE IN HALF PUTTING EAST DUPLIN ON THE BOARD... NORTH BRUNSWICK ANSWERS THOUGH GOING AIRBORNE FOR THE 21-14 LEAD... BUT IT WOULDN'T LAST LONG...DANIEL KING BREAKS FREE TO TIE THE GAME...THEY'D TACK ON ANOTHER BEFORE KING DOES IT AGAIN... THIS ONE WAS ALL EAST DUPLIN IN THE LATE GOING. PANTHERS IT AWAY 35-20.... ADVANCING TO ROUND THREE.
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5th Quarter Playoffs Scoreboard 11/16

Scores from the 2nd round of High School football playoffs - Friday 11/16. Full story...

New Hanover High senior headed to Wake Forest

New Hanover High School senior Ty Walker took a major step in his basketball career Wednesday. Full story...

PLAYOFFS: MIDWAY AT WALLACE-ROSE HILL

IN THE ONE-DOUBLE-A TONIGHT, SIX SEED WALLACE ROSE HILL PLAYED HOST TO ELEVEN SEED MIDWAY. THE BULLDOGS ARE TOUGH AT HOME. TIED AT 14 IN THE SECOND QUARTER AND THE PRESSURE IS ON WALLACE ROSE QUARTERBACK REESE BOWEN... HE THROWS IT UP AND IS PICKED OFF BY MIDWAY'S GIBBY ALLEN. FIRST DRIVE OF THE SECOND HALF FOR MIDWAY--WALLACE ROSE LINEBACKER GARIUS FENNELL TAKES DOWN QUARTERBACK GARRETT KNOWLES. TIME FOR A LITTLE PAYBACK-- ROLLIN SESSOMS BREAKS THROUGH THE LINE AND BRINGS DOWN QUARTERBACK REESE BOWEN. MIDWAY BACK ON OFFENSE... CORY CLEGG WITH THE CARRY AND BREAKS OFF A 60 YARD RUN... PUSHED OUT AT THE ONE YARD LINE. UNABLE TO PUNCH IN THE TOUCHDOWN, MIDWAY HAS TO SETTLE FOR FOR THIS DREW MCPHAIL FIELD GOAL. THE FIELD GOAL PUTS MIDWAY UP 17-14 LATE IN THE THIRD QUARTER... BUT WALLACE ROSE HILL WOULD COME BACK TO WIN 36-25.
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PLAYOFFS: HOKE COUNTY AT HOGGARD

HOGGARD WAS PUMPED UP...SET TO FACE THE FIGHTING BUCS FROM HOKE COUNTY... VIKES TAKING TO THE GROUND EARLY...SHAWN SIDBURY BREAKS FREE FOR 23 YARDS... NEXT PLAY, HE'D TACK ON 15 MORE... A GREAT SEASON FOR SIDBURY CONTINUES INTO PLAYOFFS... QUARTERBACK MARK CRECCO (KREE-KO) TAKES IT IN HIMSELF... THREE YARDS ON THE KEEPER...HOGGARD UP 7-ZIP THE BAND IS HAPPY ABOUT THAT... 2ND QUARTER, CRECCO PASSES TO LUKE CALDWELL WHO MAKES THE ATHLETIC ONE-HANDED GRAB... SAME DRIVE, AFTER A SHAWN SIDBURY T-D RUN GOT CALLED BACK ON A HOLD, CRECCO FINDS DARREN WILSON FOR THE SCORE...VIKINGS UP 14 NOTHING... THE MACHINE IS IN GEAR... HOGGARD ROLLS TO A 31 TO 8 WIN.
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PLAYOFFS: EAST CARTERET AT PENDER

ON PAPER, FOURTH SEED PENDER SHOULD HAVE HAD AN EASY TIME WITH 13 SEED EAST CARTERET... THE PATRIOTS HAD THE HYPE THING HAPPENING... PENDER'S DEFENSE WOULD SCORE FIRST... KNOTCHING A SAFETY... PENDER UP TWO-ZERO. KEITH PEARSALL WOULD LATER PUNCH THROUGH THE LINE FOR A TOUCH DOWN... PENDER LOOKING GOOD. QUARTER BACK #3 ANTHONY BLANKS SHOWS HE CAN RUN TOO... BREAKING LOOSE FOR A 40 YARD RUN INTO THE RED ZONE COACH TOM EANES SAYS COME ON BOYS OPEN IT UP. PENDER ANSWERS WITH A TOUCH DOWN AS ANTHONY BLANKS FINDS COREY BRANCH RUNNING A LONG POST ROUTE. PENDER ROLLS 33-6.
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PLAYOFFS: TARBORO AT NORTH BRUNSWICK

IN THE 2-A BRACKET, THE SIX SEED NORTH BRUNSWICK SCORPIONS ENTERTAINED ELEVEN SEED TARBORO. NORTH BRUNSWICK RALLYING THE TROOPS IN LELAND TONIGHT. THE SCORPIONS WERE PROBING EARLY... SENDING #22 JOSHUA BALLOON UP THE MIDDLE FOR A SHORT GAIN. THE SCORPIONS DRIVE STALLS WHEN JONATHAN BLUE FUMBLES AND TARBORO'S CHRIS CABBAGESTALK RECOVERS. TARBORO'S DAMARIUS HARPER MAKES A DASH FOR SOME YARDAGE BEFORE HE'S RUN OUT OF BOUNDS BY NORTH BRUNSWICKS SHAWN SANDERS. STRONG SPECIAL TEAMS PLAY AS THE SCORPIONS JESSE RILEY TRIES TO RETURN A PUNT AND IS LEVELLED BY TARBORO'S JAMEL WILLIAMS AND DWANSON CLARK. THAT'S THE WAY THIS ONE WENT... BACK AND FORTH BUT NORTH BRUNSWICK PREVAILED 20 TARBORO 17. NORTH BRUNSWICKS #6 JESSE RILEY MAKES A DASH FOR SOME YARDAGE BUT IS STOPPED BY #24 MIKE HILLIARD AND THERE IS A FLAG ON THE PLAY.
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PLAYOFFS: SMITHFIELD-SELMA AT NEW HANOVER

WHAT A GAME ON THE NEWLY CHRISTENED JURGENSEN-GABRIEL FIELD TONIGHT... AN OVERTIME THRILLER. NEW HANOVER WAS SEEDED NUMBER SIX IN THE 4-A BUT THEY WERE DOWN TWO BIG DEFENSIVE PLAYERS. COACH KEVIN MOTSINGER DISMISSED HIS TWO STARTING DEFENSIVE ENDS FROM THE TEAM FOR UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT AFTER LAST WEEK'S HOGGARD GAME. QUITE A STATEMENT GOING INTO THE PLAYOFFS... IT DIDN'T LOOK ALL THAT GOOD FOR NEW HANOVER IN THE EARLY STAGES OF THIS ONE. THEY GOT ON THE BOARD EARLY...COLTON BENFORD HANDS TO WELBON SALAAM WHO DIVES OVER THE PLYON FOR THE SCORE... THAT'S ABOUT ALL THE WILDCATS WOULD MUSTER EARLY ON...SPARTANS D-J BUNN WITH THE NICE T-D RUN...21-7 LATER ON...JUSTIN DIXON TAKES IT IN FOR THE SCORE...SMITHFIELD-SELMA UP 28-7 WILDCATS WOULD RALLY TO FORCE O-T LOOKING FOR THE BIG PLAY IN O-T IT'S BENFORD TO JERMAINE JONES...WHO GETS RAILED AND CAN'T HOLD ON... THE SPARTANS RECOVER. IT SETS UP DIXON AGAIN, THIS TIME FOR THE GAME WINNER...WILDCATS LOSE A HEART BREAKER IN OVERTIME 34-28.
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