Football: Laney gaining momentum after 31-7 win; Hoggard, New Hanover, Ashley drop road games;

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Laney 31    East Bladen 7

Laney Coach Aashad Yeoman thought his team’s performance one week ago was the best overall game of the season, but the Bucs continued its upward trend and recorded back-to-back victories following a 31-7 win at home against East Bladen.

Sherod Sidbury.
Sherod Sidbury.

The Bucs have been a run heavy offense all season in their new wing-T option scheme. On Friday, Laney went to the air early as Sherod Sidbury connected on 43-yard touchdown pass to Justin Billingslea to put the home side in front 7-0 with 8:12 to play in the first quarter.

After East Bladen tied the game late in the second quarter, Laney scored twice before halftime, including a 52 yard flea flicker on the final play of the frame to make it 21-7 at the break.

Sidbury capped an 80 yard drive on a 21 yard touchdown run with 1:02 remaining in the third quarter and James Hoffman converted a 31 yard field goal to cap the scoring.

Laney showed good balance on the offensive side of the ball, while the Bucs’ defense and special teams played put in an all-around effort that included a blocked punt.

The Bucs head into league play with a 3-2 overall record and have a favorable schedule moving into its conference slate with games against Topsail (Sept. 23) and South Brunswick (Sept. 30) before facing New Hanover (Oct. 7) and Hoggard (Oct. 14) in consecutive weeks.

Clinton 33    Hoggard 7

A high powered Clinton offense proved to be too much to handle Friday night as the

The Dark Horses handed Hoggard a 33-7 defeat to wrap up the non-conference slate for the Vikings.

Two turnovers in the first half turned into 14 points for Clinton, including a Hoggard interception on the opening possession of the game. Following the turnover, Jalen Smith took the first play from scrimmage for a 29 yard touchdown to give the Dark Horses an early 7-0 lead.

The Vikings responded by driving the length of the field and Tony Allen tied the game on a four yard score. With the contest tied at seven after the opening 12 minutes, senior standout Ryheem Skinner dashed 64 yards into the end zone and Clinton never looked back.

Tion Wright made it 21-7 in favor of the Dark Horses with a five yard score to make it 21-7 at the break. Smith found the end zone for a second time at the eight minute mark of the third period and recorded his third touchdown of the game late in the frame to seal the result.

Clinton remains unbeaten on the year at 4-0 as one of the top ranked 2A schools in the state. Hoggard fell to 1-4 overall. The Vikings open conference play at South Brunswick on Friday, Sept. 23.

Scotland County 40  New Hanover 14

Lamont Howard had nine catches for 197 yards and two touchdowns for New Hanover on Friday night. However, Scotland County gained momentum late in the second quarter and continued a strong showing after the break as the Scots handed the Wildcats a 40-14 setback in Laurinburg on Friday night.

Blake Walston went 14-for-28 with 240 yards passing and two touchdowns at quarterback for New Hanover. The Wildcats fell to 1-3 overall. Jyree Taylor made two receptions for 28 yards, while Wiz Vaughn and Freddie Taylor combined for just 61 yards of total offense. New Hanover concludes its non-conference schedule with a home game at Purnell Swett. Scotland County moved to 5-0 this season.

Westover 38   Ashley 12

Ashley faced its toughest test of the season and were unable to keep the momentum rolling after two wins to start the year as Westover handed the Screaming Eagles a 38-12 setback in Fayetteville.

Trailing 14-0 early in the second quarter, Bradley Plyler rumbled into the end zone on a 57-yard touchdown run to put Ashley on the board, but poor tackling, big plays and turnovers led to a 26-6 halftime deficit for the Screaming Eagles. Westover went up 32-6 heading into the fourth period when Freddie Thames got into the end zone on a 20-yard run for Ashley.

The Screaming Eagles fall to 2-1 overall. Ashley opens Mideastern Conference play at home against West Brunswick on Friday, September 23.

Fairmont 37    South Brunswick 7

Fairmont led by three scores at the break and put the game away in the second half to grab a 37-7 victory over South Brunswick on Friday. The Cougars dropped to 1-4 overall heading into their conference opener at home against Hoggard on September, 23.

Jacksonville 36   Topsail 15