Area Sports Briefs
Jaylen McDowell had a 101-yard interception return and a 40-yard punt return TD to lead Salisbury’s jayvees to a 34-0 win against West Davidson on Thursday.
Naquis Simpson knocked down three Green Dragons on McDowell’s pick-6, and he also forced a fumble that was recovered by K.P. Patterson.
Cameron Horne broke runs of 25 and 57 yards for Salisbury TDs, and Juan Fair had a 7-yard scoring run.
Matt Woolly kicked four PATs for SHS (4-5, 3-1 CCC).
• West Rowan (7-1) won 35-24 against Cox Mill, with Lee Poteat and Kortez Weeks scoring two TDs each.
Javon Quarles had a scoring run and Robby Cogburn kicked three PATS.
Austin Love, Amara Morris, J.T. Sanders and Deyquan Byrd led the West defense.
• North Rowan’s defense, led by Zion DeBose, Jaylen Brown, Terry Cathcart, Chris Clodfelter and Javin Goodine, shut out Thomasville in a 24-0 victory.
Naquis Caldwell, Daeshun Hargrave and Joseph Scott led North’s offense.
• Carson (8-1, 7-0 SPC) won again, beating Hickory Ridge 35-6. Andy Lear rushed for a 22-yard TD and threw a 32-yard scoring pass to Armoni Hogue.
Dalton scored on a 6-yard run, Cole Howard kicked five PATs, and the Cougars got defensive TDs from Chandler Herring on a scoop-and-score and Isaac Bell, who pounced on a fumble in the end zone. Jacob McCurry, Alex Deal and Bronson Knabbe were defensive standouts, and Matt Beaver fell on a fumble.
• South Rowan fell 40-0 to Central Davidson. East lost to Central Cabarrus 30-7.
Middle school football
Owen White scored two touchdowns in 90 seconds on a 45-yard punt return and a 90-yard interception return to lead West Rowan’s eighth- graders to a 30-6 victory over Mooresville in a season finale.
West finished 8-0 and won the conference championship. West scored 316 points and only allowed 22.
Rick Phelps had a 23- yard touchdown for the Bulldogs. Brandon Wallace andMalcolm Ingram had 2-point conversions.
The defense was led by Wallace with 12 tackles, Devin Turner, Zarrek Barger, Anthony Renegar, Dillon Simpson, Malcolm Ingram and Zack Owen.
West was coached by Erich Epps, William Wallace, David Newton and Steve Berger. Epps completed his 26th football season at West Middle and has a 185-25 overall record with 13 conference titles. This was his was his 11th undefeated season.
Times were announced for Saturday’s second-round playoff games.
Carson will host Asheville at 3 p.m. Salisbury will host Lexington at 7 p.m.
State championship matches are set for Saturday at Raleigh’s Reynolds Coliseum.
The 3A championship at 5 p.m. will have defending champion Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons (27-0) against Carson (34-0) in the only battle between unbeatens on the weekend. This is a rematch of last year’s championship, which Gibbons won.
Gibbons is seeking its fifth straight title. Sophomore Briley Brind’Amour paces Gibbons with 10 kills per match while Carson will counter with seniors Michaela White, Madison Weast and Hannah Elmore.
The 1A matchup is Raleigh Charter (21-3) against Starmount (26-6) at noon.
In 2A, Wheatmore (27-1) takes on perennial power Hendersonville (23-5) for the championship starting at 2:30.
The 4A final at 7:30 features Raleigh Wakefield (24-2) against Cornelius Hough (32-1)
Time Warner Cable will be providing television coverage of all four championships. The games will air on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel (HD 520) on Time Warner Cable systems in the Carolinas.
Catawba’s women’s basketball team was picked fourth in the SAC preseason poll and got one first-place vote. Catawba’s Chloe Bully and Antionette McPhail were named to the All-SAC preseason team. Bully was fifth in the SAC in scoring last season, while McPhail was third in rebounding.
Newberry was tabbed as the favorite, with Lenoir-Rhyne second, and Wingate third.
The Country Club of Salisbury’s WGA season finale was played with a nine-hole Captain’s Choice Format.
Finishing first was the team of Susan Morris, Patty Mason, Cindy Carmazzi and Jayne Hubbard with a score of 33. Finishing second was the team of Mechelle Kuld, Patti Glassgow and Bev Cobb with a score of 35.
Catawba’s women’s team lost to Pfeiffer 3-2 in Misenheimer. Juliana Conte and Anna Toole scored for the Indians.
Catawba’s men’s golf team tied for seventh out of 11 teams in the two-day, three-round Matt Dyas Invitational held in Carrolton, Ga.
Catawba’s Matt Hardman shot 215 for fifth place.