VALDESE — Senior quarterback Braxton Cox threw for 383 yards and six touchdowns, including three to classmate Khe-nai Banks, as the Draughn football team defeated Avery County at home Friday night, 48-22.
The victory stretched the Wildcats’ win streak to three, the first time DHS (3-2) has accomplished that feat since the start of the 2012 season.
Cox connected with Banks on scores of 69, 80 and 25 yards as Banks led the game with six receptions for 212 yards, a new program record. Cox’ six touchdowns also were a school record, and his passing yardage came within 12 of his own record from last fall.
He also tossed scoring strikes to Denver Treadway (3-127), Nick Chrisco (5-67) and Donavan King.
After a shutout performance last week versus Cherryville, the Draughn defense held the Vikings off the scoreboard in the first half, forced four turnovers, and survived an onslaught as Avery ran 93 plays, including 69 pass attempts.
Crest 51, Freedom 48
The Patriots led until just 51 seconds remained, but ultimately fell to the Chargers in a shootout in Shelby. That included a 10-point lead to end the third quarter before the hosts struck quickly off an FHS turnover on downs, and found the end zone late once more to win it.
Freedom senior quarterback Jayden Birchfield went 18 of 33 through the air for 302 yards and two touchdowns, adding 21 carries for 132 yards and two more scores.
His top target, Demorian Burgess, reeled in eight passes for 185 yards and both scoring strikes.
Chase Young cashed in on two short rushing TDs for the Patriots (3-2), and Mekhi Spates added another score on the ground for the visitors in the nonconference loss.
West Lincoln 69, East Burke 21
The Cavaliers briefly led, 14-13, early in the second quarter in Icard, but the visiting Rebels responded to score the next 36 points to put the game away.
Running back Josh Moore scored from a yard away to put the Cavaliers (1-3) on the board, then galloped in from 25 yards away to put the hosts in the lead.
East Burke’s other touchdown was on a scoring pass from senior quarterback Seth Pruitt, who was making his season debut, to top receiver Luke Coble from 20 yards out in the middle portion of the third quarter.
The Rebels added 20 more points to set the game’s final margin.