High school football: East Rowan stumbles; Carson, Davie to play Monday
Published 11:03 pm Saturday, March 27, 2021
From staff reports
KANNAPOLIS — South Iredell survived a long lightning delay that extended halftime and defeated East Rowan 32-15 on Saturday in a game played on the turf at A.L. Brown’s Memorial Stadium.
South Iredell (2-3, 1-2) scored on its first three offensive possessions in the North Piedmont Conference contest and never trailed.
East (1-4, 1-2) used a 40-yard pass from Cameron Padgett to Vincent Jones to gets its first scoring drive going. Padgett ran for 13 yards on a fourth-and-7 play, and Sammy Pinckney punched in a touchdown from the 3.
East cut its deficit to 19-13 with 7:56 left in the half. Jones had a 26-yard carry to spark the drive before Pinckney got another short scoring run.
South Iredell threatened to score late in the half, but fumbled a pitch on the 2-yard line. Isaac Hinceman recovered for the Mustangs.
East went three-and-out to start the third quarter, and South Iredell put together a sustained, crunching scoring drive — 79 yards, all on the ground — to get control of the game.
East moved to the South Iredell 3-yard line as the third quarter ended, but Pinckney was swarmed on a fourth-down play on the first play of the fourth quarter.
East got a safety on a bad snap on a punt to make it 26-15. Then Jones returned the free kick close to midfield, but the Mustangs were stopped quickly and South Iredell intercepted when East faked a punt on fourth down.
After an interception and a long return, the Vikings scored a clinching TD from the 5 with 4:29 remaining.
Morgan Padgett also had a fumble recovery for the Mustangs.
Pinckney had 163 rushing yards on 32 carries, mostly on direct snaps.
He had 88 yards at halftime. South Iredell contained him in the second half until he had some nice gains in the final minutes.
East was 1-for-7 passing for minus-2 yards in the second half, and the Vikings picked off three passes.
South Iredell amassed 270 rushing yards and 103 passing yards. All the passing yards for South Iredell came before halftime.
Carson at Statesville was pushed back again. Now it’s set for Monday at 6:30 p.m.
Undefeated Davie County was involved in a wild game against Glenn on Saturday.
That game was suspended due to lightning with 9:05 remaining and will be finished at 7 p.m. on Monday.
Glenn holds a 45-39 lead and had amassed more than 500 yards of offense.
For Davie, Tate Carney had 29 carries for 214 yards and two TDs. Alex Summers had thrown three TD passes to Jack Reynolds, who had eight catches for 142 yards.