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Area Sports Briefs: Carson, West get road sweeps

From staff and wire reports
Carson’s boys basketball team rallied to pull out a 73-71 win at Northwest Cabarrus on Friday in South Piedmont Conference action.
Jamarius Hairston scored 24 points for the Cougars (7-2, 6-1 SPC) and made the game-winning shot.
Cameron Prugh scored a career-high 20 points. Cole Perry scored 12.
Owen White blocked a shot at the end to preserve the lead.
Ahmod Hester scored 15 for the Trojans.

CARSON (73)
Hairston 24, Prugh 20, Perry 12, White 8, Westbrook 6, Williams 3, Sifford.
NW CABARRUS (71)
Hester 15, Stafford-Gill 13, Burns 7, Gustave 7, Isom 7. Kirk 7, Duncan 5, Gwynn 4, Murdock 3, Perkins 2, Foreman 1.

Carson 24 18 17 14 — 73
NWC 17 19 20 15 — 71

Carson girls win
Carson’s girls easily picked up their seventh straight win by rolling at Northwest Cabarrus, 50-10, on Friday.
The game went to a running clock in the third quarter. Carson led 16-0 after the first quarter.
“We got off to a great start,” Carson coach Brooke Misenheimer said. “Three-game weeks can be taxing, but we challenged the girls to give great effort and they did that.”
McKenzie Gadson led the Cougars with 12 points. Olivia Gabriel added 10 for the Cougars (9-1, 6-1 SPC).

CARSON (50)
Gadson 12, Gabriel 10, Cooper 8, Turney 7, Ketchie 3, Furr 3, Street 2, Fesperman 2, Jolly 2, Taylor 1, Shumaker, Wiggins, Jackson.
NW CABARRUS (10)
Sterling 4, Thomson 3, Florian 2, Madox 1, Bost, Robinson, A. Caldwell, L. Caldwell, Gordon.

Carson 16 13 18 3 — 50
NWC 0 2 5 3 — 10

West boys win

West Rowan got 18 points from Darius Kure and 17 from Caleb Mauldin and won 80-76 at Concord on Friday in SPC action.
It was the first win for West (5-2, 4-0) against the Spiders since 2001.
Tyrese Lawrence, Armoni Hogue, Martavio Rankin and Jayson Delgado had big defensive efforts for the Falcons.
West dedicated the win to the Gary Graham family of Cleveland.

West girls rally
West Rowan’s girls rallied in the fourth quarter and won at Concord, 57-50, on Friday in SPC play.
Mary Sobataka scored 19 points for West (5-2, 2-2 SPC), Egypt Alexander and Abigail Wilson had 12 each.

WEST (57)
Sobataka 19, Alexander 12, Wilson 12, Poole 5, Robinson 4, Pruitt 1 .
CONCORD (50)
Gravely 13, Privette 12, D. Stevenson 10, Davis 7, Clark 4, Smith 2, M. Stevenson 2.

West 10 13 11 23 — 57
Concord 14 9 18 9 — 50

Carson JV girls win
Carson’s jayvee girls won at Northwest Cabarrus, 43-18, on Friday.
Victoria Post and Katie Jewell scored 13 each for the Cougars.
Sammelia Witherspoon scored eight for NWC.
Defensive standouts for Carson were Taylor Conrad, Nancy Gamewell and Malia Hughley.

Davie boys
Davie County (5-2, 0-2) lost to CPC foe Reagan, 89-77, on Friday.
Cooper Wall scored 28 for the War Eagles, Michael Walton had 19 points.

Prep wrestling
The Rowan County Tournament will be held today at South Rowan.

Prep football
CHAPEL HILL— The Wallace-Rose Hill Bulldogs are no stranger to the 1AA State Championship game as the team came into the 2016 1AA State Championship against West Montgomery as the two-time defending champion. The Bulldogs nabbed the early lead on a 15- yard TD by Javonte Williams and ran to a 30-7 victory over the Warriors claiming their third straight title.
Williams crossed the plane again in the first quarter with 1:33 to go in the quarter scoring from 40 yards out and giving the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead. He was named the game’s M.V.P. with 69 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
The Bulldogs weren’t done in the first half as Quavion Basyden gave them a 21-0 lead breaking a 72-yard run with seven minutes to play in the half, dragging a Warrior defender the last 13 yards.
West Montgomery did strike back to begin the third quarter as senior quarterback Jackson Dozier carried from 13 yards out to put the Warriors on the board and trim the Bulldog lead to 21-7 with 8:28 to go in frame. Dozier was named the Warriors Most Outstanding Performer offensively as he threw for 106 yards, and gained 46 yards on the ground before sack yardage reduced his total.
The Bulldogs stretched the lead back out to 21 with 2:08 to go in the third as quarterback Aliza Carter found Jalyn Pollock in the right corner of the endzone from 24 yards away. Wallace-Rose Hill tacked on another two points after downing a punt at the Warrior 1-yardline, sacking Dozier on the next play to make it 30-7 with 9:43 to play.
West Montgomery completed their season 15-1, undefeated in the regular season and champions of the Yadkin Valley 1A Conference. The Warriors are still searching for their first state title in now four appearances in the NCHSAA Finals.
Wallace-Rose Hill finished the season 15-1 winning the school’s sixth football State Championship all-time in nine appearances in the State Finals.

College hoops
DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The Augusta University men’s basketball team started Peach Belt Conference play with a 103-92 loss at North Georgia on Friday night in Memorial Hall.
Augusta senior Keshun Sherrill (West Rowan) had 17 points in the first half and ended with 42 total, one point shy of his career high.

College football
SALEM, Va. — Blake Jackson knew that, more than usual, Mary Hardin-Baylor’s fortunes were going to be in his control with the NCAA Division III title at stake.
The dual-threat quarterback embraced it, running for 119 yards and a touchdown and leading the Crusaders to a 10-7 victory over Wisconsin-Oshkosh in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl on Friday night for their first football national championship.
“I like the pressure. I like the challenge,” the senior said. “Thank you to the coaches for believing in me.”
Jackson carried 28 times for the Crusaders (15-0), and completed 16 of 27 passes for 171 yards with an interception. The Crusaders virtually ignored running back Markeith Miller, who arrived with nearly 1,500 yards rushing, but gained just 11 on nine carries.
“We had trouble running the ball,” coach Pete Fredenburg, who started the Crusaders’ program 19 years ago, said. “Blake took up the slack. We felt like he was going to have to be the catalyst for our offense.”
Jackson’s touchdown came on a 1-yard run with 3:16 left in the second quarter, and was the final score of the game.
“There was a ton of athletes out there tonight on both sides of the ball,” Titans coach Pat Cerroni said. “Great athletes, but No. 7 (Jackson) was exceptional.”
Dylan Hecker ran 2 yards to give the Titans (13-2) a 7-0 lead.
after just 6:22, but Oshkosh could never find that rhythm again. The Titans drove to the Crusaders 35 in the final minute, but Matt Cody intercepted Brett Kasper’s fourth-and-10 pass from the 35 to clinch the victory.
“Don’t drop it,” Cody said he thought as the clinching play came spiraling toward him.
Kasper finished 20 for 33 for 185 yards with two interceptions. The Titans were held to 30 rushing yards on 29 attempts.
The Titans were playing in the championship game for the first time. Mary Hardin-Baylor lost in its only previous appearance in 2004.
THE TAKEAWAY
Mary Hardin-Baylor: Jackson and the offense get the credit for scoring points, but the Crusaders’ defense held the Titans scoreless after the offense turned it over three times — at midfield, at the Crusaders 27 and at the Titans 6 while looking for a cushion touchdown. The defense also stopped Oshkosh three times on fourth down — twice inside the Crusaders 30 and then on the game’s penultimate play.
Wis.-Oshkosh: The Titans run a modified 3-4 defense, with virtually no pass rush, and it backfired on them in the first quarter when the Crusaders used a 20-play, 66-yard drive to get their first points on a 22-yard field goal by John Mowery. On the drive, Jackson ran around behind the line unchallenged, at times finding receivers downfield and other times running through gaps for yardage. The Crusaders converted their first five third downs on the drive before settling for the field goal.
BIG KICK
John Mowery’s 22-yard field goal was the difference, and he seemed like a liability to the Crusaders coming in.
He’s made just 8 of 15 field goal tries on the season, with a long of 42, but was true when a 20-play drive stalled at the Titans 5.
Mowery later missed a 19-yard try, while Oshkosh, whose kicker Eli Wettstein was 16 for 22 on the season with a long of 50, was left on the sidelines for the Titans’ final play. A field goal try would have been a career-best 52-yarder.
MISCELLANY
Jaedon Johnson’s interception for Mary Hardin-Baylor was their 33rd of the season. Cody’s was their 34th. … Hecker’s touchdown run was his 17th of the season, but he finished with just 29 yards on 13 carries. … Miller’s first touch for the Crusaders came on their 22nd play from scrimmage, and he was stopped without a gain. … In a game that tied for the second-lowest scoring in Stagg Bowl history, the Crusaders finished 11 for 18 on third down and the Titans were 8 for 17.
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