ICARD — On a cool, crisp Wednesday night at Danny Williams Field, the rival Draughn and East Burke JV football teams battled it out for their first win of the season.
Two defensive scores by the JV Wildcats (1-8, 1-6 Northwestern Foothills 2A Conf.) just before halftime set the tone, leading to a 26-12 win over the JV Cavaliers.
“Our JV staff has done a phenomenal job all year,” said Draughn coach Chris Powell, crediting assistants Aaron Hildebran, Levi Cunningham and Tim Barus. “Those guys have spent an endless number of days with them, and I told them there is no better to way to end the season than get your first win.”
With the score tied 6-all, EB’s Carter Crump returned the kickoff out to the hosts’ 30-yard line where a fumble was recovered by Draughn’s Holden Curry, who ran it back for the touchdown and a 14-6 lead.
Three plays into the JV Cavs’ next offensive series, Will Price stepped in front of a pass by EB quarterback Ben Mast for a 26-yard return touchdown to grow the JV Wildcat lead to 20-6.
Mast finished with 272 total offensive yards (163 passing) and tossed two TD passes to Spencer Goins (3-85) including a fourth-quarter completion that went for 67 yards.
Price led the Wildcats’ rushing attack with 100 yards on 13 carries and also had a fumble recovery on defense, and Tywan Nemorin (4-70) adding a rushing touchdown. John Robert Abernathy passed for 97 yards on six completions including an early 15-yard scoring pass to Curry as Draughn won despite playing a second game in three nights to end the year.
Crump’s two interceptions led EB (0-9, 0-6 NWFAC) defensively. The JV Cavs end the season on Tuesday at Foard.
- Jason Baker
E. Lincoln 6, EB 1
The No. 32 seed Cavaliers (8-13-1), the lone Burke County team in the NCHSAA state soccer playoffs, saw their season end the same place and in the same round as last year as the No. 1 Mustangs scored all six goals in the opening half of Wednesday’s first-round game in Denver.
It was the 22nd time in 23 games that East Lincoln has scored at least four goals in a game; EB hit that mark just four times.
During the second half, the Cavaliers saw more of the ball as the Mustangs’ defense clamped down to preserve the lead. In the 60th minute, EB senior forward Micah Chrisco placed a shot in the back of the net for his team-leading 22nd goal of the year (to go with a team-high 13 assists).
Cavs senior goalkeeper Garrett Pitts finished with 12 saves in defeat.
EB graduates eight players among its 19-man roster, also including Turner Strong, Anthony Thao, Bryan Hernandez, Aiden Ledford, Brandon Pruett and David Benitez.
The Mustangs (23-0) advance to host No. 17 North Lincoln (14-8-2) on Saturday in the second round.
- Patrick McCormack
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