from Click Here at the Burlington Times News:
MT. HERMON â€” The rushing attack of Greensboro Grimsley held off a persistent Southern Alamance offense on Friday night, 34-28.
â€œI put it (the win) on all the coaches and our offensive line,â€ said Whirlies running back David Ray, who had 36 carries 267 yards but no touchdowns. â€œWe got a push up front.â€
The Patriots (1-8-1 overall, 1-4 Metro Conference) had no answer for the Whirlies rushing attack, surrendering 468 yards on 74 attempts.
â€œWe just gave up too many big plays,â€ said Southern Alamance linebacker Dalton Covington. â€œEveryone did their jobs. They just hit the home run when they needed to.â€
Greensboro Grimsley (3-7, 3-2) attempted only one pass, an 8-yard completion.
â€œThey controlled the line of scrimmage, basically, all night,â€ said Southern Alamance coach David Barrow. â€œWe didnâ€™t put together enough stops. â€¦ Grimsley dominated the line of scrimmage.â€
The Whirlies had 21 first downs, all of them on the ground.
â€œ(The rushing game) was huge,â€ Greensboro Grimsley coach Martin Samek said. â€œThey burnt the clock, controlled the game ad shortened the game. The offensive line played fantastic.â€
Greensboro Grimsley got its ground attack off quickly when receiver Darius Gardner returned the opening kickoff for a 75-yard touchdown.
â€œThat gives the team confidence,â€ Samek said on the quick scoring strike.
Southern Alamance returned the favor quickly with a Justin Dunn 59-yard touchdown run, but was forced to play catch-up all night because of the Whirlies ground attack.
Greensboro Grimsley received rushing scores from receiver Torian Patterson and running back Eric Davidson of 23 yards and 2 yards, respectively. Quarterback Dominique McNair had touchdown runs of 2 yards and 1 yard.
Patterson had 15 carries for 151 yards.
Eastern Guilford over Burlington Williams from the The Times News:
With two victories coming into Friday nightâ€™s Mid-State Conference road test with Williams High School, Eastern Guilford quarterback Josh Morehead said it would be understandable if opponents didnâ€™t expect much from the Wildcats.
But after their dramatic 33-31 victory against the Bulldogs, the Wildcats proved that thereâ€™s plenty of life left in their 2009 season.
â€œEverybody just doubts us,â€ Morehead said. â€œBut weâ€™re a pretty good football team. â€¦ Weâ€™ll show everybody.â€
The Wildcats (3-7 overall, 3-3 Mid-State 3-A) proved their point in a roller-coaster second half that saw the Bulldogs land several huge game-changing blows.
After going ahead 26-9 on a 27-yard Morehead touchdown run, the Bulldogs (5-4-1, 3-3) answered with an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from Tevin Leath and a 15-yard touchdown pass from Grover Moore to Hunter Spriggs, cutting the lead to 26-24 with 8:14 left in the fourth quarter.
â€œWe fought and fought and fought and fought,â€ Williams coach Scott Frazier said. â€œWe came back and made some plays in the second half.â€
It was then that Eastern Guilford embarked on a wild drive that ate up 6 minutes, 37 seconds and featured as many lowlights as highlights.
Eastern Guilford had four penalties â€” including an unsportsmanlike conduct call after a crucial first down â€” and had four more plays go for negative yardage.
â€œWe had some guys some bad mistakes as far as controlling their temper and got backed up,â€ Eastern Guilford coach Scott Loosemore said.
The Wildcats also converted three third downs, including one when running back Devonte Andre hit tight end Jeremy Gaddy for a 34-yard gain on a third-and-16.
Facing third-and-goal from the 9, Morehead fired a pass to Gaddy, who bobbled it before pulling it in for a touchdown that put the Wildcats up 33-24 with 1:37 left.
â€œI turned and he hit me right there in the hands, but it slipped,â€ Gaddy said. â€œI had to catch it again at the last second. I thought I was about to lose the game for us.â€
But Williams had one more surprise as Moore hit Spriggs for a 44-yard touchdown pass two plays later.
â€œThatâ€™s just the kind of things that have been happening to us,â€ Loosemore said. â€œWe lose focus at the wrong times.â€
Eastern Guilford fell on the Bulldogsâ€™ onside kick try and burned the final 1:18 and kept its playoff hopes alive.
The Wildcats took control early when an Andre touchdown run and a Morehead touchdown pass to Butch Huffman helped give them a 14-3 lead. But the Bulldogs jumped back into contention when Tyler Currie scored on a 27-yard fumble return in the final minute of the first half.
Morehead answered by hitting Rashard Wicks for a 32 yard touchdown strike with 34 seconds left in the half.
â€œIâ€™m very proud of them right now for the fact that most teams, when theyâ€™re 2-7, they pretty much pack it in,â€ Loosemore said. â€œThese guys didnâ€™t pack it in.â€