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(From left) Patton’s Izora Gragg and Jackson Vance with Farm Bureau agent Will Webb

Patton volleyball freshman setter Izora Gragg and football senior tailback Jackson Vance are The News Herald’s Farm Bureau high school county co-athletes of the week for Oct. 7-12.

Vance rushed for a career-high 220 yards and tallied first two varsity touchdowns on the ground Friday in a 49-21 home win over East Burke.

His 35-yard score shortly after halftime was a game-changer, putting the Panthers up 28-7 just four plays after EB had recovered an onside kick to open the second half, driven across midfield and threatened to make it a one-score game. Vance also recovered a fumble on defense.

Gragg finished with 39 assists and 11 digs in a double-double Monday in a 3-1 payback home win over West Iredell. She then dished out 13 assists Wednesday in a 3-0 win over West Caldwell and had 33 assists Thursday in a 3-0 win at rival Freedom.

Gragg also had five digs, four kills and three blocks on week. The Lady Panthers, winners of a season-high six straight matches, broke the single-season program wins record last week and are now 16-5 overall.

The News Herald will award an athlete of the week for all sports throughout the year.

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