Friday football roundup

Football round-up: Cary Christian wins first game of the year

mblake@newsobserver.comSeptember 9, 2013 

The Cary Christian Knights used several big plays to help down the St. David’s Warriors 22-6 in eight-man football on Friday.

The Knights (1-1) opened the scoring early in the second quarter when Nick Smith connected with Reid Thomas for a 67-yard touchdown. Thomas added a 66-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter as well.

Jack Gomperts picked off Warriors (0-2) quarterback William Wampler with just over six minutes left in the first half and took it 60 yards for the score.

The Knights’ Smith attempted just eight passes, but he completed five for a total of 162 yards. Smith also carried the ball 12 times for 15 yards, and Brance Buster had a team-high 13 carries for 40 yards.

Cardinal Gibbons 49, Ravenscroft 21: Crusaders (2-1) quarterback Shawn Stankavage went 14-of-19 for 211 yards and four touchdowns in the win.

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Sanderson 17, Apex 14: Apex (1-2) struggled in the first half, but managed to stay within striking distance of the Spartans, scoring on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Grayson Boyd to Fred Sharpe to pull within 17-14 with 1:54 left to play.

Sanderson recovered the onside kick, but had to turn the ball back over with 47 seconds left when Styles was stopped on a fourth and one at the Apex 43.

Boyd completed three passes but time ran out as Sanderson defender Robert Murphy pulled down Sharpe at the Sanderson 33 to end the game.

Athens Drive 28, Lee County 26: Athens Drive held on as Lee County missed a 33-yard field goal with less than two minutes left. The Yellow Jackets forced a 3-and-out and got the ball back with less than 30 seconds left, but still didn’t push the winning score across.

Running back Dominique Lynch didn’t play in the first quarter, but he scored all four of Athens’ touchdowns. Coach Chris Martin was also pleased with quarterback John Politis’ best game as a starter (26-of-32 for 207 yards).

“We had to have him come around. If we didn’t, our offense was going to struggle,” Martin said. “He was calm and relaxed tonight and made some good decisions with the ball.”

Wake Forest 48, Cary 14: The Imps (2-1) suffer their first loss of the season at the News & Observer No. 4 Wake Forest Cougars.

Green Hope 46, Jordan 8: The Falcons (2-1) looked dominant under junior quarterback Luke Massei, who threw three touchdown passes.

“Massei has done a great job for us,” Green Hope coach Kwame Dixon said. “We didn’t pare down the offense for him. He’s been with me at Green Hope since I’ve been here playing JV quarterback. Jordan’s defense made it a tough for us to run the ball and we had to be able to throw.”

Massei completed 10 of 13 passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns before the Falcons shut down the passing game in the second half with a comfortable lead.

Green Hope was only leading 3-0 after the first quarter before Massei’s three TD passes, all in the second period, of 13 and 6 yards to Daniel Gretsch and 22 yards to John Nassif for 25-0 halftime lead.

Elijah Murrane caught six balls for 127 yards for the night. Gretsch’s two receptions for 19 yards were both TDs and Nassif’s only catch of 22 yards was a TD.

Middle Creek 46, Smithfield-Selma 14: Middle Creek wasted no time jumping on Smithfield-Selma, giving the Spartans their 33rd consecutive loss. Quarterback Brant Grisel was efficient on the night, going 18-29 for 230 yards and three touchdowns.

Blake: 919-460-2606; Twitter: @JMBpreps

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