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WA defeats NG in OT

Western Alamance Remains Undefeated with 40-34 OT Victory

By Kurt C. Ward

 

GREENSBORO – Sometimes the extra effort that players give in the offseason shows up at unexpected times. 

At about 1 a.m. Saturday morning, Western Alamance seniors Kendall McKoy and Logan Smith connected on a four-yard touchdown-scoring pass to give the Warriors a 40-34 overtime victory over Northern Guilford. 

The win capped an undefeated seven-game regular season for Western and finalized the undisputed Mid-State 3-A Conference Championship. With the win, the Warriors also secured the conference’s automatic bid to the state playoffs, which begin next Friday.

The game concluded in the early hours of Saturday morning because an area lightning storm halted play for more than three hours. 

Both McKoy and Smith credited informal offseason practices at Elon University for making the final play possible. 

“We put in so many hours at the Elon fields,” Smith explained. “We put in so many hours, and it is now paying off.” 

McKoy agreed. “Logan and I put in the work in the offseason,” McKoy said. “During the pandemic, we went to Elon and ran routes. All of that work…this is what it is for.”

For the gamewinner, Smith made his way to the right side of the end zone, just beyond the goal line. There, McKoy hit him with a perfect strike.

For the game, McKoy completed 11 of 15 passes for 212 yards.

Smith pulled in six passes for 83 yards. Five of those completions came in the second half. 

“I just can’t say enough about the fight and the heart of this team,” Western Coach Jeff Snuffer said. “These guys do not quit, and they proved that to everybody tonight.”

Trailing 34-26 with 1:31 to play in the third, Western fought back to tie the game. The Warriors (7-0 overall and 7-0 in the Mid-State 3-A) put together a 13-play, 62-yard drive that consumed about 6 ½ minutes of the game clock. 

Senior running back Tyrone Slade carried the ball four times on the drive, including for a 1-yard surge to pull to within two points, 34-32.

McKoy then connected with Jordan Dumornay for the two-point conversion to tie the score, 34-34, with 7:02 to play. 

On their final two possessions, the Nighthawks (5-2) turned the ball over on downs and were forced to punt. 

Northern struggled to move the ball with consistency in the second half, after appearing to have the offensive answers in the first two quarters. 

In the first half, Northern quarterback Will Lenard connected nine times for 83 yards with Terrell Timmons. The combination only worked once in the second half, however.

“We controlled our own fate with this one, and we just didn’t get it done,” said Lenard, who completed 22 of 34 passes for 192 yards. He was also intercepted twice by the Warrior defense. “As a kid you dream about this stuff. We had a chance to win it, and unfortunately we didn’t succeed. It was a great game to play in. Congrats to Western Alamance.”

Slade ended up being Western’s top offensive performer. He finished with 120 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries. He also played on defense throughout the night and gave Lenard trouble from his linebacker spot. 

Dumornay finished with 103 receiving yards on four catches, including a 59-yard TD catch and run. 

The long delay came right after Northern Guilford tied the contest at 7-7 with 4:24 to ply in the first quarter. Slade said the delay was challenging, but he and his teammates focused on remaining hydrated and keeping their muscles loose. 

The contest was tied on four occasions, including 34-34 at the end of regulation. 

 

 

1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT   Final

Western Alamance 13 0 13 8 6 - 40

Northern Guilford 7 13 14 0 0 - 34

 

WA – Justin Kerr 28-yard interception return (Jacob Carter kick), 11:12 remaining in the first

NG – Terrell Timmons 30-yard pass from Will Lenard (Slater Ward kick), 4:24 remaining in the first. 

WA – Jordan Dumornay 59-yard pass from Kendall McKoy (kick failed), 0:34 remaining in the first.

NG – Vance Bolyard 25-yard pass from Lenard (kick blocked), 9:52 remaining in the second.

NG – Timmons 12-yard pass from Lenard (Ward kick), 5:41 remaining in the second.

WA – Tyrone Slade 4-yard run (Carter kick), 5:36 remaining in the third. 

NG – Jordan McGinnis 50-yard run (Ward kick), 5:08 remaining in the third. 

WA – Slade 18-yard run (kicked failed), 1:49 remaining in the third. 

NG – McGinnis 87-yard kick return (Ward kick), 1:31 remaining in the third. 

WA – Slade 1-yard run (Dumornay pass from McKoy), 7:02 remaining in fourth

WA – Logan Smith 4-yard pass from McKoy, WA’s first overtime possession

Game of the Week HPC at SA March 19, 2021

Game of the Week

HPC at SA

March 19, 2021

 

 

Muddy Conditions Do Not Slow Patriot Ground Game in 53-12 Victory

 

GRAHAM – Southern Alamance Football Coach Fritz Hessenthaler emphasizes team accomplishments over individual performances whenever he can.

“This is a team game,” Hessenthaler said. “It takes a lot of effort from a lot of players to score a touchdown and to win a game.”

Those comments came from Hessenthaler after his team secured a dominating 53-12 victory over visiting High Point Central.

Statistically, running backs Korben Hamilton and Braxton Meyers led the Patriots (2-1). Hamilton tallied 129 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries.

Meyers also carried the ball eight times. He finished with 112 yards and two TDs. He also notched three two-point conversion runs.

“We came into this week knowing it was going to be a dominant run week, and we relied on our guards and our front line to give us the holes we needed,” Hamilton explained. “They did a great job. They gave me and Braxton everything we could want in the run game – a beautiful hole and green grass in front of us.”

That green grass was mostly brown with mud by the end of the game.

“We don’t care what type of field we have to play on,” said Hamilton, a 5-7, 170-pound senior. “We are just here to play and have fun. We handled the slips and slides pretty well tonight, and they (the Bison) didn’t. We made some cuts that they couldn’t, and that enabled us to break some big runs. … It was a great team win.”

Meyers said: “It wouldn’t have happened without the guards. They set us up to be successful.”

Anchoring the front line most of the night for Southern were center Aulden Richardson, left guard Owen Patterson, right guard Devin Brewer, left tackle D.J. Robertson, right tackle Colton Freitas and tight end Wesley Smith.

Fullback Jackson Parrish also provided several lead blocks while tallying 70 yards on four carries as well. Parrish also scored on a 58-yard run midway through the fourth quarter.

Southern’s first possession of the game stalled thanks to two incomplete passes. The Patriots then concentrated on the ground game with their second possession and pieced together a nine-play, 63-yard drive for the game’s opening score. That score (Hamilton’s first TD) came with 1:46 to play in the first quarter and gave Southern a lead it would never relinquish.

Southern dominated nearly all phases of the game. In total offense, Southern recorded 414 yards while holding the Bison (1-3) to just 116 yards.

High Point Central showed brief signs of life late in the first half, putting together a five-play, 57-yard scoring drive. Bison quarterback Keith McDuffie connected on three straight passes of 21, 12 and 30 yards on the drive.

For the night, McDuffie was five of seven for 52 yards. However, McDuffie’s offensive line failed to provide protection with enough consistency for High Point to generate much offense via either run or pass. McDuffie recorded 13 carries on the night; six of them went for zero or negative yardage.

In addition to rushing touchdowns from Hamilton (two), Meyers (two) and Parrish (one), Southern quarterback David Hines connected with Cameron McGhee for a 42-yard score and linebacker Jordan Harless scooped up a Bison fumble and ran it in 40 yards for another Patriot TD.

Harless was later carried from the field with what appeared to be a knee injury.

Senior running back Elijah Kennedy recorded both of High Point Central’s scores, first on a 30-yard pass from McDuffie and then on an 18-yard run midway through the fourth quarter.

This game is the only non-conference contest on the Southern schedule. With the win, the Patriots improved to 2-1. They are expected to play twice next week – with a Tuesday make-up game against Southwest Randolph, and a Saturday contest against Eastern Guilford.

 

 

High Point Central                           0             6             0             6             -              12

Southern Alamance                         8             16           16           13           -              53

 

 

Scoring Summary

 

SA – Korben Hamilton 7-yard run (Braxton Meyers run)                                    1:46 / 1st

SA – Hamilton 2-yard run (Meyers run)                                                                  6:45 / 2nd

SA – Cameron McGhee 42-yard pass from David Hines (Meyers run)             3:34 / 2nd

HPC – Elijah Kennedy 30-yard pass from Keith McDuffie (run failed)              1:13 / 2nd

SA – Jordan Harless 40-yard return of a fumble recovery (Hamilton run)      9:59 / 3rd

SA – Meyers 23-yard run (Xander Petty run)                                                         3:08 / 3rd

SA – Meyers 44-yard run (run failed)                                                                      11:50 / 4th

SA – Jackson Parrish 58-yard run (Stephen Gelnn kick)                                       7:05 / 4th

HPC – Kennedy 18-yard run (run failed)                                                                 5:54 / 4th 

Warrior Family Secures 47-0 Shutout of Morehead in Mid-State Play

Morehead at Western Alamance

High School Football

March 5, 2021

 

Warrior Family Secures 47-0 Shutout of Morehead in Mid-State Play

ELON – “Family.”

If you spend much time with Jeff Snuffer, Western Alamance’s veteran head coach, he will use the word “family” to describe his team of Warriors.

Friday night, Snuffer’s starting quarterback Kendall McKoy attributed Western’s 47-0 victory over Eden Morehead to the way his team plays as a “family.”

“We preach family here,” McKoy said. “We approach the game as brothers. We try to be on one accord. On offense, everyone knows what they are doing; everyone is doing their job 100 percent; and everyone is working to be better than the person across from him. I felt like we did that tonight.”

McKoy completed 14 of his 21 passes for 185 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for 43 yards and two rushing touchdowns. His rushing TDs were good for 11 and 27 yards. 

Snuffer was most pleased with the way McKoy has run the ball over the first two games this season. “His arm has always been strong, but now his legs are a factor,” Snuffer said. “He’s put on some muscle and now he’s like 220 (pounds). Now, he’s like a big tailback. Kendall running the ball well certainly makes us more effective on offense.”

Friday night Western (2-0, 2-0 in Mid-State) scored on its first four possessions, surging ahead to a 27-0 lead mid-way through the second quarter. 

In contrast, Morehead ran just 14 plays for 25 yards and zero points in its first four possessions. The Panthers (0-2, 0-2 in Mid-State) amassed just one first down in the first half. 

For the game, Western out-paced Morehead 335 yards to 75 yards of total offense. 

McKoy opened up the night’s scoring on the opening drive, capping a five-play, 55-yard drive with an 11-yard run. He followed the block of sophomore Mason Hogsed on the right side for the touchdown less than two minutes into the game.

Then came all four of McKoy’s touchdown passes, and each scoring completion was to a different receiver. 

The additional first quarter scores came on a two-yard pass from McKoy to Jordan Dumornay  and a 26-yard slant route over the middle by Kaden Wilborn. 

 Jontavius Cousin (two yards) and Logan Smith (38 yards) pulled in second quarter touchdown passes from McKoy.

Smith ended the night as the Warriors’ leading receiving. He pulled down six passes for 103 yards.

For the second week in a row Hogsed led the Warrior rushing game, amassing 54 yards on six carries. His two biggest carries of the night (for 17 and 26 yards) came in the second half.

Western’s Evan Morris added to the scoring mid-way through the third quarter when he returned a Morehead punt 47 yards for a touchdown.

“It was a great experience,” Morris said of the punt return. “When I caught it, the adrenaline just kicked in. I had some great blocks which gave me a lot of open field to work with.”

McKoy the capped the night’s scoring on a 27-yard run with 20 seconds left in the third quarter. That proved to be his final play of the night, as the Warrior second string offense played much of the fourth quarter. 

The game was the first of the year for WA senior running back Tyrone Slade, who has been nursing a hamstring injury for more than a month. Slade carried the ball seven times for 14 yards. 

Defensively, the Warriors used a variety of different schemes and held the Panthers to 54 rushing yards and 21 yards through the air. 

“We’ve got an intelligent team,” Snuffer explained. “When your guys are smart, you can do a lot of things schematically. That includes bringing pressure from different areas and changing the coverages up. Coach (Drew) Hambright just does a phenomenal job preparing our guys.”

Morehead starting QB Hatcher Hutchens completed just one of his nine pass attempts for zero yards. He also threw an interception. That interception by Calvin Galloway came on Morehead’s opening drive. 

Tyler Sams and Mark Pettie led the Panthers on offense. Sams carried the ball six times for 20 yards. Pettie had two carries for 19 yards. 

 

Morehead 0 0 0 0 - 0

Western Alamance 20 14 13 0 - 47

 

Scoring Summary

1st 10:08 WA McKoy 11 yard run (Jacob Carter kick)

1st 7:19 WA Dumornay 2 yard pass from McKoy (Carter kick)

1st :27 WA Wilborn 26 yard pass from McKoy (kick failed)

2nd 7:332 WA Cousin 2 yard pass from McKoy (Carter kick)

2nd 1:55 WA Smith 38 yard pass from McKoy (Carter kick)

3rd 6:27 WA Morris 47 yard punt return (Carter kick)

3rd :20 WA McKoy 27 yard run (kick failed)

 

Eastern – Williams Football Feb. 25, 2021

Eastern – Williams Football

Feb. 25, 2021

 

“Big Cats” Take Advantage of Williams Turnovers in 14-8 Victory

BURLINGTON – A little pep talk at the right time can make all the difference.

Such was the case Friday night as Eastern Guilford secured a season-opening 14-8 football victory on the road against Williams.  

During halftime of Friday’s contest, Eastern Guilford Offensive Line Coach Brad Melton challenged his experienced linemen to secure the win for the Wildcats.

Melton’s instructions: “Let’s take control of the game, and let’s feed 20.”

The 20 that Melton referred to was senior running back Hezekia Newby. Down 8-6 at halftime, the Wildcats decided to put the ball in Newby’s hands for much of the second half. 

The result: Newby carried the ball 17 times for 181 yards in the second half, including a 31-yard touchdown run that proved to the game-winner. Newby finished the night with 204 yards on 24 carries.

“Our offensive line made the difference,” Eastern head coach Tony Aguilar said. “Our ‘big cats’ up front – we leaned heavily on them tonight.”

The game-winning score came with 4:42 to play in the game, as Newby blasted through a giant hole in the line and outran the defenders to the end zone. He then added a two-point conversion, surging across the goal line on a powerful second effort. 

The score capped a four-play, 43-yard drive that began when two Wildcat defenders pounced on one of three Bulldog fumbles. In all, Williams turned the ball over on three fumbles and one interception.

“It was obvious that we were rusty,” Williams coach Jim McGill admitted. “At the same time, I am extremely proud of our effort. The effort was there. We were just one or two plays away from coming away with a win over a very good football team.”

Down 14-8, Williams had several opportunities in the final 4:42 and the Bulldog offense moved as close as the Wildcat 11-yard line. A penalty for an ineligible man downfield negated what appeared to be a touchdown. Williams’ final attempted failed when Eastern’s Marcus Bynum intercepted a Fussell pass in the endzone with 2:03 to play. 

Eastern Guilford opened the night’s scoring early after Williams fumbled away the game’s opening kickoff. Five plays later Newby scored the first of his two touchdowns from one yard away. The point-after-touchdown attempt was blocked, leaving the Wildcats up 6-0.

Both teams struggled to put together long drives throughout much of the first half. On the Bulldogs’ first possession of the second quarter, McGill changed two key offensive skill positions – subbing in junior quarterback Mitch McClendon for senior Coult Fussell and subbing junior running back Isaiah McCambry for junior Alijah Richmond. 

The changes sparked the offense, and the Bulldogs pieced together their only scoring drive of the night. The drive included a fourth-down conversion run by McCambry, and a 32-yard scoring pass from McClendon to Kendrel Briggs. 

On the touchdown, Briggs outjumped two Wildcat defenders in the endzone. McCambry then scored the two-point conversion to give Williams an 8-6 lead. 

“Both teams fought hard,” Eastern’s Aguilar said. “…Everybody knows I like to throw the ball, but tonight we needed to rely on our ground game.”

Aguilar said limited practice time by several of his skill players, including quarterback Kamell Smith, affected the ability for his offense to be effective with the pass. Smith was one of six Wildcats who played on the Eastern basketball team. That team lost its first-round state playoff game on Tuesday.

For the night, Smith completed seven of 15 passes for 77 yards.

Eastern was also slowed by six penalties for 65 yards. 

Richmond led Williams’ rushing attack, carrying the ball 12 times for 63 yards; however, he only carried the ball four times in the second half as he nursed an injured hamstring. 

McClendon completed three of his five passes for 73 yards. Fellow QB Fussell completed five of 11 for 82 yards. Fussell also threw an interception.

 

 

Eastern Guilford 6 0 0 8 - 14

Williams 0 8 0 0 - 8

 

Other area final scores:

Western Alamance 45, Rockingham 14

Union Pine 47, Cummings 20

 

Friday Night Lights is coming...

The Maverick (1200 AM and 95.1 FM) will carry on the rich tradition of the Alamance County Game of the Week this football season.  The Maverick broadcast team is being put together and The Maverick roster has added long time Sports Writer and Broadcaster, Kurt Ward!  Chuck Marsh (Maverick owner) said "I've know Kurt for several years.  We've talked radio before and he was one of the first people I thought of when we had an opening on our broadcast team.   

 

This fall, Kurt Ward of Gibsonville returns to the world of sports reporting after a hiatus of about 16 years. Ward served as a sports journalist for 14 years, covering community, high school, collegiate and professional sports throughout North Carolina from 1988 to 2002. He has written articles for many of the state’s largest newspapers, including The Raleigh News & Observer, The Charlotte Observer, and the Greensboro News & Record. He served as sports editor of the Watauga Democrat in Boone and covered many Alamance County high school teams for the Greensboro News & Record. 

He also has radio broadcasting experience, having served as the General Manager of WVIO, an AM station in Boone and Blowing Rock. 

Much of Ward’s professional life has been spent helping non-profits with their communications and public relations practices. He helped launch NC Parent Corps and Alamance County Parents Who Care, two organizations that worked to prevent teen alcohol and drug use. He also values higher education and has served in communication and leadership roles with both Guilford Technical Community College and UNC-Greensboro.  

For the past 10 years, Ward has served as associate pastor of Westside Fellowship Church in Elon. In his role there, he assists with leadership development, adult discipleship, communication and administration. 

Ward is married with three kids.

Bradyn Oakley Signs...

Alamance 411 would like to say Congrats to Bradyn Oakley who has signed with Davidson College.  I personally (Chuck Marsh) have watched Bradyn's entire family work hard for this day.  This has truly been a family affair!   

 

Bradyn's Mother, Jennifer posted of Facebook; "Wow! I don’t even know where to begin. We are extremely humbled, thankful, and blessed to have such amazing friends and family. We are truly grateful for every person that came out last night and to those that sent sweet messages helping us celebrate Bradyn's signing to Davidson. Every single one of you from his teachers, to coaches, to friends and family have had a hand in getting him here. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all for making this such an amazing memory. We love you!"

 

Coach Snuffer said "This is more about celebrating Bradyn, its about celebrating His Parent's" . 

 

Coach Snuffer's wife said on Facebook " Congrats, Bradyn Oakley on the next chapter of God’s amazing plans for you at Davidson College. We are super proud of you"!

 

Coach Jeff Snuffer Video 1 (by Coach Snuffer's wife Mrs. Abby).

 

Coach Jeff Snuffer Video 2 (by Coach Snuffer's wife Mrs. Abby).  

 

Alamance 411 has permission to post this from Bradyn Oakley.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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