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CONCORD — In one of the classic games in the long-running “Bell Game” series, Concord was inches better than A.L. Brown.
The Spiders held the Wonders at the 1-foot line as time expired and prevailed 20-14.Sandon McCoy carried on the Wonders’ final play, but when he was stopped, A.L. Brown couldn’t get off another one, and the Spiders celebrated.
The Wonders, who trailed 20-7 at the break, dominated the second half, possessing the ball for almost 16 of the 24 minutes, but didn’t have enough points to show for it.
Daveon Perry scored the only touchdown of the second half for the Wonders, who also were stopped on fourth down at the Concord 11 in the fourth quarter.
Brown’s final possession started at its 35 with under minutes left. The Wonders converted two third downs and a fourth down to keep driving.
Damon Johnson completed a pass to Dyquan St. Louis, who was forced out of bounds at the 1. Then McCoy was stopped on the last play.
McCoy pounded for 138 yards, 121 after halftime.
Concord’s Rocky Reid rushed for 147 yards on 24 carries, mostly in the first half. Concord did not make a first down in the second half.
Drew Yoos, Concord’s tight end, caught a TD pass from Keenan Black, Black scored on a short run, and Reid had a 56-yard scoring romp before halftime.
Johnson threw a scoring pass to Casey Walker to get the Wonders on the board at Bailey Stadium.
A.L. Brown coach Mike Newsome dropped his third straight heated game in the rivalry to Concord coach Glen Padgett, and the Spiders have won back-to-back-to-back int he series for the first time since the 1970s.
Davie County 45, Page 40
After going 4-7 in 2013, Davie County’s response to the rare losing season was pretty incredible. The visiting War Eagles hit Page squarely in the mouth in the first quarter, jumping to a 31-0 lead, and held on 45-40 last night in Greensboro.
Parker Correll, a third-year starter at quarterback, was the catalyst. He threw for 252 yards in the first half alone, and finished 13 of 21 for 273 yards and touchdown tosses to Ben Ellis and Brandon Lankford.
Correll connected with seven different receivers and backs, and when Page adjusted to the air attack, runner Cade Carney dropped the hammer as he finished with 94 yards on 14 carries.
As if Correll’s surgical precision through the air wasn’t enough, he added 80 rushing yards on 12 carries, and that’s with two sacks included.
Davie was clicking on all cylinders in a first half that ended with the War Eagles ahead 37-19. Correll hit Ellis for 64 yards for the game’s first points, he hit Lankford for 50 yards on Davie’s second possession and Lankford’s 47-yard catch set up a TD on Davie’s third series.
On Davie’s fourth possession, Carney went to work, scoring on a 34-yard rumble up the middle. That made it 31-0 with 10:04 remaining in the second quarter.
Next, backup Chris Reynolds got in on the act, completing a 46-yarder to Dustin Bulatko to set up Reynolds’ 6-yard score on a keeper.
Page made a furious rally, cutting it to 45-40 with 2:05 left in the contest. But Davie ran out the clock and celebrated a spirited victory for second-year coach Devore Holman.
“It’s a great start,” he said. “I can’t tell you how much work these guys have put in in the offseason. They remembered the 4-7 and they don’t want any part of that anymore.”
Linebacker Christian Launius came up with crucial tackles on back-to-back plays to slow Page’s rally in the fourth.
Among Correll’s targets were Josh Lankford, freshman Cooper Wall and Carney. Davie wound up with 19 first downs, 331 passing yards and 157 rushing yards.
Page finished with 200 yards passing and 175 rushing yards.