Friday Football Finish:Battle in Gibsonville for Mid-State Title with game tied at Halftime, 7-7, and then Dudley loads up with 28-3 Second Half run to Win Title, as Nasir Newkirk goes 122 yards receiving with Four Catch/3 TDs from Drew Attmore

Dudley Panthers are now (10-0) and (7-0) for a reason…The reason is Dudley has weapons…Dudley can get at/come at you many different ways, and on this Friday night, October 27, 2023 it was Drew Attmore and Nasir Newkirk hooking up on three TD passes, and Newkirk got open in the right corner of the end zone, and Attmore just hit him in the right spot…Right in his outstretched hands…Football in Newkirks hands on this Friday night, was a total weapon of Mass Destruction…

Three TD for Newkirk, but boy the Eastern Guilford Wildcats put up a real fight, and EG has weapons too…Eastern Guilford had their QB Jackson Jones, who also is their punter, and Jones had some out-of-this-Universe punts on Friday night, and the moon was full, and several of Jones’ punts almost flew rigtht past the Moon, and into another planetary orbit…Jones had a very nice fake punt play for a first down on his pass to Josa Thorne, and back on those punts by Jones, Dudley was having trouble fielding the Jones juggernauts, and those footballs off Jones’ foot were traveling at a dangerous altitude and distance…And speaking of distance, Jones connected on a 44-yard field goal for the EG Wildcats and you just don’t see those every day…Jones to Steven Murray for the lone EG TD, Jones hit Murray, Josh Harris, J’Dyn Boyd, DJ Southerland, and RB Caleb Creed with key passes…

In that second half, Dudley got cranking big time, with Jayden Brown and LJ Southern doing a load of running and both Brown and Southern were gaining good yardage against a Eastern Guilford defense that was growing weary….Dudley got 280 yards passing from Attmore II and he had the three TD tosses to Newkirk…The Panthers’ Brown and Southern combined for 103 yards rushing and Brown had 78 receiving yards….Brown with the 78 yards receiving, CJ Neely with 37 yards on 4 catches, and you had Newkirk, who pretty much was taking over the game, Newkirk had the 122 yards and Nasir, had the Dudley Panther fans saying YES Nasir, and he made the most of his Four Total Receptions, as he turned those four catches/receptions into 122 yards and the Three TD Tallies…

Dudley defeated a very good EG Wildcat team, with Caleb Creed going for 31 yards on 9 carries and Javen Cole had 68 yards rushing on 24 Wildcat runs, so Eastern was able to get just under 100 yards rushing vs. Dudley, with the ‘Cats settling for 99 yards on the ground vs. the Panthers…And EG got many of those yards going inside and just off tackle vs. Dudley, but in the second half as the game was getting close to the end and it was all on the line, the Mid-State 3-A Chamionship was hanging in the balance, and at that time, the Dudley Panthers’ defense got stronger…

Latrell Wilson, Kameron Baldwin, Robert McCollum, Sa’Mad Bell, Dakota Brown, Jordyn Ratliff, Ishmael Mande, and I think that is seven players…That is the Dudley Front Seven, and we named them as the Steak n Shake Defensive Players of the Game…The choice was obvious for the Steak n Shake Offensive Player of the Game…We must say, “Yes Nasir Newkirk”….Yes Sir Nasir….

And we can tell you, don’t let the final score fool you…This was a hard-fought game and Dudley coach Steven Davis told us in his postgame interview that he liked the overall competitive nature of this game, and Coach Davis said this was the kind of game, Dudley needed…Eastern Guilford battled Dudley in Gibsonville, and that helped make Dudley a better team as a result of how this game played out….This game will have Dudley ready for the playoffs, because the game was close most of the way…Dudley needed to fight through this kind of war, and both Dudley and Eastern Guilford will benefit from this Championship Challenge on Friday night, October 27, 2023…

You to love all these kids and the effort they laid out there this evening…Soooo much like a Playoff Game, and I guess so, because this was the Mid-State 3-A Title Tilt, and the Dudley Panthers loaded up another Victory Banner and took it back with them to Lincoln Street, just off of East Gate City Blvd. and Florida Street…The Banner was not necessarily a physical banner made of silk and felt material, it was more like a Banner that comes when you put your body on the line, and you leave out with the Victor’s Spoils…You can’t always see This Banner, but you know it there with you when you go home at night, and years down the road, This Banner will be hanging from the walls in your living room at home….You may not really be able to even see This Banner, but you know for a fact that it is there with you “For Life”, and you know for a fact, that ‘you earned it’….

We really liked this game, and we feel like both Dudley and Eastern Guilford will be teams to look out for, deep into this year’s NCHSAA 3-A Playoffs….

Let’s tip the cap to the 2023 Mid-State 3-A Dudley Panthers, and let’s save a place/spot in our trophy case for the Eastern Guilford Wildcats…We have lot to be thankful for when you look out and see the Coaches and Players that we have there in Gibsonville and there over on Lincoln Street, just off of East Gate City Blvd. and Florida Street…

On to the First Round of the Playoffs for both the Panthers and the Wildcats and our other Guilford County teams that are on the way to the Postseason…But before we start our playoff practices, let’s go back and do the recap of tonight’s Dudley at Eastern Guilford contest, and here we go….Numbers courtesy of Don Tilley, with GreensboroSports.com and GreensboroSports Radio…

9:38 First Quarter Nasir Newkirk scores on 16-yard pass from Dudley’s Andrew/Drew Attmore II, and the Andre Cummings kick was good…Dudley 7, EG 0
End of First Quarter:Dudley 7, EG 0
4:47 Second Quarter Steven Murray comes up with a 9-yard TD reception from Jackson Jones…The Conner Smith PAT kick is good…
Eastern Guilford 7, Dudley 7
Halftime:Eastern Guilford 7, Dudley 7
9:16 Third Quarter Newkirk with his second touchdown of the night on a 45-yard pass from Attmore II and the Cummings kick is good again, Dudley 14, EG 7
6:46 Third Quarter Kordell Bartley weaves his way 10 yards for a Dudley TD run, as the Dudley runner goes untouched into the end zone for the score, and Cummings adds the successful PAT Kick to make the score, Dudley 21, EG 7
2:21 Third Quarter Jackson Jones connects on a very long 44-yard Field Goal for the EG Wildcats, and the score goes Dudley 21, EG 10
End of Third Quarter:Dudley 21, EG 10
9:39 Fourth Quarter Jerron Blackwell running some Wildcat QB for the Dudley Panthers takes off on 13-yard TD run, Cummings good one more time on his PAT Kick and now it is Dudley 28, EG 10
2:17 Fourth Quarter Dudley puts the ice on this ballgame when Nasir Newkirk grabs his third TD of the night, with his 26-yard TD pass reception from Andrew/Drew Attmore II, and comes Andre Cummings with his final PAT boot of the night, and puts Dudley up 35-10, over the EG Wildcats…Game ends that way…
Final Score:Dudley 35, EG 10

Steak n Shake Players of the Game
Offense:Nasir Newkirk(Dudley HS)
Newkirk with the 3 receiving TDs and 112 receiving yards…

Defense:Dudley Front Seven(Dudley HS)
The front seven of Latrell Wilson, Kameron Baldwin, Robert McCollum, Sa’Mad Bell, Dakota Brown, Jordyn Ratliff, Ishmael Mande, were all really tough, especially in the second half of this game….

Eastern Guilford Steak n Shake Player of the Game: Jackson Jones
Jones 13-29 passing with 1 TD pass/44-yard FG/Punts that nearly landed on the moon…

CLICK HERE to listen back to the Friday Night Dudley at Eastern Guilford game, on GreensboroSports Radio….Nile Harris and Don Tilley, with us on the call…Some good pregame interviews and postgame interviews with Nile Harris talking to the SNS POG on Offense, Nasir Newkirk…

Looking over the Guilford County Teams that should have Playoff Visions dancing through their heads tonight/this morning
Grimsley(10-0), Dudley(10-0), Eastern Guilford(8-2), Northwest Guilford(8-2), Northeast Guilford(7-3), High Point Andrews(6-4), possible Page(5-5), maybe outside shot for Southwest Guilford(5-5), we shall to wait and see here now…

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  1. Great game. That was a nice way to end the regular season . Keep up fun exciting sports dominance kids and coaches. Guilford county schools let’s gooooooo ??

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