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Game of the Week HPC at SA March 19, 2021

Game of the Week


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)



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