HS football Saturday rewind:Dudley over NEG 52-7, Beg for MERCY

Dudley did it again last night with their 52-7 victory over Northeast Guilford and now they will take on A.L. Brown out of Kannapolis for the state 3-AA title next Saturday afternoon in Winston-Salem at BB&T Field.

Ricky Lewis scored 4 TD’s for the Panthers and NEG could only push across one touchdown by the Ram QB Darius White. Lewis got the first TD of the night on a six yard run, followed by a 60-yard punt return for a TD by Davarrius Martin, then White went in for NEG and Matt Johnson converted the PAT kick to make it 12-7 Dudley.

It was all “Panther Time” after that as Lewis went from 11 yards out right before halftime and he got the two-point conversion to make it 20-7 at the half. Lewis hit again in the 3rd from 39 yards away and the Panthers got the two to go up 28-7, then Lewis ran in for his fourth TD on a three-yard scamper and with another two-pointer it was, Dudley 36-7. The Panthers got a safety on a blocked punt to make it 38-7, then Denzel Jones got in on the scoring parade with a two yard run, the conversion failed, and it was 44-7, all Dudley, all-the-time.

J.R. Peterson closed out the scoring with a 19 yard TD tally(run) and he tacked on the two point conversion to make the final 52-7.

“All Dudley, all-of-the-time.”

That is pretty much the story. Northeast played their hearts out and they played real hard, mind you, but how do you stop Dudley??????

I asked Coach Steven Davis the Panthers’ leader and mentor that very question last night and he said you have to move some people around and get them in the right places to be effective against Dudley and the bottom line is, “BEG FOR MERCY”……

“If I were the opposing coach trying to stop this team, about all you could do is, “BEG FOR MERCY”…..
That’s what Coach Steven Davis was saying, and I believe he was serious and he is on the money. He has this team so primed right now that when they get rolling, they are Steam-rolling over the opponents.

Ricky Lewis Jr. and his Dudley mates are bound and determined to walk away with the title for the second consecutive year, and to leave out as one of the top football teams to ever come out of this city.

They are one game away from this becoming a reality, and we will find out if A.L. Brown will face a merciful Panther squad next Saturday afternoon at 4:30 in Winston-Salem.

I kind of doubt it, but with a name like the Kannapolis “Little Wonders”, you have to really wonder how long it will be before they begin to “BEG FOR MERCY”, in next week’s final……..

Other scores from last night courtesy of the Associated Press at www.news-record.com(We also had Don, Ron, and Joe keeping the web site hot last night with scores from around the state.) Good job guys, and as Joe noted, to have all of the 4-A teams from the same conference playing for the State Titles at that level, that is unreal…..Rocky Mount falling in the 3-A East, that is almost shocking…..

Here are those scores:
Scores from The Associated Press



(1) Fayetteville Britt 27, (3) Wake Forest-Rolesville 16


(6) Richmond County 30, (1) Charlotte Independence 22(Final:Britt vs. Richmond County, same conference)



(8) Fayetteville Byrd 9, (6) Durham Hillside 7


(8) Fayetteville Seventy-First 27, (11) South Mecklenburg 6(Final:Byrd vs. 71st, same conference)



(2) Greensboro Dudley 52, (8) Northeast Guilford 7


(4) Kannapolis Brown 30, (2) Kings Mountain 14(Final:Dudley vs. A.L. Brown)



(2) West Craven 22, (1) Rocky Mount 19


(1) West Rowan 35, (2) Belmont South Point 7(Final:West Craven vs. West Rowan)



(1) Reidsville 53, (2) Marshville Forest Hills 14


(1) East Lincoln 21, (2) East Henderson 7(Final:Reidsville vs. East Lincoln, Northern Guilford played and lost to East Lincoln earlier in the year for the 10-1 Nighthawks only loss.)



(1) Tarboro 28, (2) Jacksonville Northside 14


(2) Newton-Conover 52, (4) Boonville Starmount 6(Final:Tarboro vs. Newton-Conover)



(2) East Bladen 35, (5) Ayden-Grifton 13


(1) Thomasville 28, (3) Hendersonville 21(Final:Thomasville vs. East Bladen)



(3) Williamston 42, (1) Jones County 41


(1) Mt. Airy 52, (2) Elkin 6(Final:Mt. Airy Granite Bears vs. Williamston-“Home of the Perry brothers, Jim and Gaylord”)