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East Burke's Ben Mast (center) fumbles near the end zone in the fourth quarter Thursday as he is tackled by Freedom's Lei De Jesus (right) and Heath Whisnant (left).

ICARD — The Freedom JV football team won Thin Thursday by a wide margin on the road over longtime rival East Burke, 50-0.

Already up 16-0 after a quarter, the JV Patriots (1-0) put together four touchdown drives in the second quarter, including two scoring runs from Curt Young, one from Avery Pollard and a 24-yard scoring connection from quarterback Ty Little to receiver Zac Pinkerton. Little had accounted for both TDs in the first quarter with a pair of short runs.

The entire second half was played under mercy-rule running clock. (Freedom set the final margin with a 35-yard scoring strike from backup QB Zeke Wright to Pinkerton with seconds remaining).

Little finished 4 of 7 for 81 yards through the air, adding 58 yards on the ground. Demarcus Lawrence (5-100) led all rushers and Malakai Lloyd (2-68), Pollard (5-48) and Young (4-27) supplemented the FHS ground attack. Pinkerton finished with 89 yards on four receptions and Philly Harris added a 27-yard catch.

East Burke’s most promising drive ended near the goal line late in the fourth quarter when Lei De Jesus recovered a fumble. Nathan Clark added an interception and Elijah Moul blocked a punt.

EB quarterback Ben Mast was 5 of 11 for 44 yards, hitting Carter Crump (4-33) and Conner Newton (1-11). Eden Worley’s 28 yards led the JV Cavaliers (0-2) on the ground.

Foard 18, Draughn 0

The JV Wildcats (0-1 Northwestern Foothills 2A Athletic Conf.) dropped their season- and league-opener Thursday night in Valdese.

Turnovers and penalties plagued Draughn, as Tywan Nemorin had a touchdown called back and several of the JV Wildcats’ big defensive plays were nullified by giveaways on the offensive side of the ball. Eli Pritchard led the team in receptions and yards.

Thomas Lambert, Holden Curry, Josh Elkins, Nathan Gunn were leaders for the hosts’ defense.

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