Area Sports: Gill strong in East-West All-Star Game; new football opponents for Rowan schools
From staff reports
GREENSBORO — The West football team lost 20-8 to the East in the annual N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game played late on Wednesday night at Grimsley’s Jamieson Stadium.
Cameron Gill (Salisbury) started at defensive back and had three unassisted tackles and one assist for the West squad.
The MVP was Tarboro back Keon Caudle, who topped 100 rushing yards and scored a game-sealing 7-yard touchdown with 1:34 left to play.
The West team scored its lone touchdown on defense and was shut out the final three quarters.
The East took a 7-0 lead on an 81-yard touchdown pass from Kyler Davis to Lamont Murray with 8:15 left in the first half. The pass play was the longest from scrimmage in the history of the East-West game.
The West touchdown came on a 69-yard fumble return by Kenneth Washington (Shelby). When JahTwan Stafford (Monroe) ran for a 2-point conversion, the West had an 8-7 lead.
Rowan HS football
East Rowan’s football schedule will have a number of changes for the 2019 season.
East Lincoln, North Rowan and West Stanly have replaced NW Cabarrus, Central Cabarrus and East Chapel Hill.
East opens at North Stanly on Aug. 23.
Northwest Cabarrus and North Stanly have replaced Central Cabarrus and Davie County on Carson’s football schedule for 2019.
Daniel Crosby’s first game as Carson’s head coach will be against South Rowan, the high school from which he graduated. South plays at Carson on Aug. 23.
North Rowan’s football schedule for 2019 adds East Rowan and subtracts West Montgomery.
West Montgomery and East Montgomery have combined to form the Montgomery Central Timberwolves and will compete in 2A.
North Rowan is ranked seventh in 1A in the CarolinaPreps preseason poll.
West Rowan, South Rowan and Salisbury will take on the same opponents as last season.
South and Salisbury have limited scheduling options as they play nine Central Carolina Conference opponents.
South’s non-conference games are against Carson and East Rowan, while Salisbury takes on North Rowan and Carson.
West Rowan will again feature a strong non-conference schedule. The Falcons will play Mooresville, A.L. Brown, Concord, Cox Mill, Davie County and North Rowan.
The first day of official practice is Aug. 1.
Little League softball
Rowan Little League’s 16U all-stars are representing North Carolina and are hosting the seven-team Southeast Regional that starts today and continues through Sunday at Salisbury Community Park.
Rowan is scheduled to play Virginia at noon today.
Jr. Legion baseball
In state tournament pool play in High Point, South Rowan plays at 7 p.m. tonight against R-S Central at Wesley Christian Academy’s Alumni Field. On Saturday, South will play Ahoskie at 7 p.m. at Finch Field. On Sunday, South will play West Carteret at 4 p.m. at Wesleyan Christian Academy.
It’s an eight-team tournament.