High school football: Cougars get solid road victory

Published 1:37 am Saturday, March 13, 2021


JON C. LAKEY/SALISBURY POST Carson receiver Jake Harris.

Staff report

OLIN — The North Iredell Raiders were better than Carson head football coach Daniel Crosby expected them to be.

But so was his own team.

Carson opened North Piedmont Conference play with a strong  38-10 road win in Olin.

“North Iredell kind of surprised me,” Crosby said. “They were bigger and more athletic than they looked on film. They’re a whole lot better than they were last year. But our guys played so much better than they did a week ago. Our guys played their tails off.”

The key moment was Emory Taylor’s 86-yard kickoff return touchdown.

It came following the first score of the night by North Iredell (0-2, 0-1).

“They kick a field goal and they get a little bit of momentum, but then we take it right back in a big way,” Crosby said. “The kickoff return by Emory was a game-changer.”

Carson (2-1, 1-0) got a pair of touchdowns from CP Pyle, who got one on a running play and one on a screen pass.

Alex London threw two TD passes, with the other one going to Jake Harris.

Jordan Garland had a rushing touchdown, his fourth of the season, and Andrew Beaver booted a field goal.

“We weren’t flashy, just methodical, but it was a good sort of methodical,” Crosby said. “Offensively, defensively and on special teams we put together a solid performance. We were good in all three phases.”

Carson is at home next week for a big one with NPC and county rival East Rowan. The Mustangs lost to West Rowan 27-21 on Friday.