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Pinecrest committed five turnovers and allowed a long pass play that gave visiting No. 11 seed Reagan all the confidence it needed to pull off a 26-9 upset in the first round of the state 4A West Region football playoffs Friday in Southern Pines.

Raider quarterback and Columbia signee Gabriel Hollingsworth lived up to his billing throwing two touchdowns and running for two more. His 75-yard second quarter pass to Bryson Canty shifted the game's momentum after Pinecrest had built a 9-0 lead.

Following a Patriot interception, Hollingsworth found Shavon Revel open for a 17-yard touchdown and a 13-9 Raider lead at recess. He completed 7 of 15 passes for 122 yards and one interception.

Hollingsworth had a 12-yard touchdown run the third frame and a 10-yard insurance score late in the fourth to secure the win.

Pinecrest quarterback Ben Garbark connected with Clint McNeill for a 39-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter for the Patriots only visit to the endzone. Garbark was 3-for-8 passing for 50 yards and three interceptions. He also had 10 carries for 105 yards.

Savion Kizer led all rushers with 110 yards on 23 carries. The No. 6 seed Patriots had 361 yards of total offense to 261 for the Raiders (9-3).

Patriot kicker Jeff Yurk had a 23-yard field goal in the first quarter, but he missed his only PAT.

Pinecrest finishes the season 9-3 overall with an impressive 5-2 second place finish in Sandhills Athletic Conference play. The Patriots are now 0-2 all time against Reagan.

What could be the biggest takeaway of the 2019 season is that Pinecrest allowed seven second-half touchdowns 12 games. The defense gave up 113.5 yards per game on the ground and 113 in the air, and the it returned three fumbles for touchdowns

Offensively, the Patriots outscored their opponents 373 to 194. Pinecrest finished with 3,003 rushing yards and 1,260 passing yards.

The Patriots we flagged 116 times for 1,245 yards versus 95 for 797 for opponents.

Pinecrest's defense made critical stops and scored an insurance touchdown late in the game as the Patriots upset previously undefeated Scotland 36-28 Thursday in Laurinburg.

Tied at 21 at the half, Pinecrest had a disastrous start to the third quarter. The Patriots lost three players to injury on the first series that ended with a 34-yard pick six by Scotland's Kris McLean.

Pinecrest and Scotland battled back and forth deep into the fourth quarter when a pair of costly Scotland penalties and a sustained Patriot drive ended with a 17-yard Nicholas Marella touchdown run. Trailing by one on the road, Coach Chris Metzger took a timeout then called for the two-point conversion that was completed by Savion Kizer giving Pinecrest a 29-28 lead with 2:26 to play.

The Scots moved the ball quickly into Patriot territory, but a fumble by quarterback Bruce Wall was scooped up by Pinecrest's Logan Laton and returned 48 yards for a touchdown. Jeff Yurk added his fourth PAT of the night for the 36-28 lead.

Scotland advanced the ball into the Patriot red zone in the final seconds with no timeouts, but the Pinecrest defense made a final stand inside the five yard line to secure the win.

Pinecrest quarterback Ben Garbark completed 10 of 18 passes for 178 yards and two interceptions. He also had touchdown tosses to Niquan Hill (19 yards) and Braxton Barber (20 yards).

Nick Boulanger led the Patriot ground game with five carries for 74 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter. The Patriots finished with 304 yards of total offense.

Pinecrest gave up 432 yards to Scotland, but the Patriot defense held Scots' offense scoreless in the second half.

Pinecrest improves to 8-1 overall, 4-1 in Sandhills Athletic Conference play. Scotland is also 8-1; 4-1. The Patriots are now 11-31-1 all time against the the Scots and have won the last two meetings.

Pinecrest hosts Jack Britt (7-2; 3-2) next week.

Pinecrest's Gerogio Najm returned the opening kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown Friday — the first of eight Patriot scores — in 51-14 route of Lumberton in Southern Pines.

Offensively, Nick Boulanger scored from 3 yards out and Savion Kizer punched one in from 13 yards out in the first quarter. The Patriot defense tackled a Lumberton runner in the end zone for a safety in the opening frame for a 23-0 lead.

Ben Garbark carried the ball into the end zone from 5 yards out midway through the second quarter, then the connected with Aaron Scott for a 24-yard passing touchdown just before recess.

Garbark finished the night 2-for-5 passing for 49 yards and one interception. Had had 7 carries for 55 yards. Boulanger led all seven Patriot rushers with 62 yards.

Patriot defender Jalen Daley retuned a fumbled Lumberton punt three yards for a score in the third quarter, and Raequan Harrington finished the scoring on a 36-yard dive with 1:08 to play in the fourth quarter.

Lumberton quarterback Jadarian Chatman connected with Jordan McNeil for touchown passes of 37 yards in the second quarter and 25 yards in the fourth quarter.

Pinecrest had 251 yards of total offense to 173 for Lumberton. The Patriots four turnovers to the Pirates three.

Pinecrest improves to 7-1 overall, 3-1 in Sandhills Athletic Conference play. Lumberton falls to 2-5; 0-4. The Patriots are now 21-25 all time against the Pirates and have won the last 9 meetings.

Pinecrest travels to Laurinburg to face undefeated Scotland (8-0; 4-0) next week.

You can follow every Pinecrest football game this season on MooreSportsRadio.com and Star 102.5FM. Our broadcasts begin at 7 p.m. with the Cooper Ford Countdown to Kickoff.

Box Score

Purnell Swett Rams vs. Pinecrest Patriots

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Pinecrest Patriots vs. Richmond Raiders

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Seventy-First Falcons vs. Pinecrest Patriots

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The Pinecrest defense stole the show in the 23rd Battle of the Pines Friday with Union Pines.

Pinecrest held the Viking triple option offense to -10 yards rushing and allowed Union Pines just 90 yards of total offense in a 49-6 win in front a standing room only crowd in Cameron. The Patriots also snagged three interceptions including a 28-yard Zyheem Kelly pick six midway through the second quarter. Pinecrest (4-0) scored 35 second-quarter points on touchdown runs from Savion Kizer (1 yard), Ben Garbark (3 yards), Nick Boulanger (3 yards) and Anthony Martin (14 yards). The Patriots forced a running clock with a 6-yard Martin score with 8:51 to play in the third quarter.

Boulanger sprinted 65 yards to the end zone on the opening play of the game. He finished with a game-high 140 yards rushing on 13 carries.

Garbark was 2-for-4 passing for 71 yards and he carried the ball seven times for 37 yards. Pinecrest finished with 421 yards of total offense, and kicker Jeff Yurk was perfect on PATs.

Union Pines (2-2) found success just before halftime when quarterback Rory Board connected with Jacob Bowbliss for a 63-yard catch and run. Two plays later, Board broke through a scrum on the goal line for the touchdown. The point after was blocked.

Board was 10-for-25 passing for 100 yards and three INTs. He led the Viking ground game with 7 yards on 7 carries. Bowbliss had 7 catches for 100 receiving yards.

One facet of the game that will get the attention of the Patriot coaching staff was the penalties that stalled drives and negated several long runs. Pinecrest was flagged 14 times for 184 yards in the game. Union Pines was flagged twice for 10 yards.

Pinecrest now leads the overall series against Union Pines 19-4. Friday's win was special for the Patriot program as coach Chris Metzger celebrated his 100th on the field win at Pinecrest. In 13 seasons, Metzger is 100-53 overall, 34-34 in league play.

Pinecrest has an open week next week and will host 71st in the conference opener Sept. 27. Union Pines faces Albemarle next week. #goPinecrest #goUnionPines #MSRscores
Pinecrest football coach Chris Metzger collected on the field win No. 99 Friday as his Patriots humbled R.J. Reynolds 52-14 in Winston-Salem.

Quarterback Ben Garbark ran for a touchdown and threw for two more as the Patriots improved to 3-0. Garbark lead all rushers with 112 yards on 15 carries including a 1-yard dive in the first quarter. He also completed 5 of 8 passes for 92 with touchdown strikes to Clint McNeill (23 yards) and Zyheem Kelly (11 yards).

Pinecrest rolled up 376 yards on the ground that included rushing touchdowns from Kelly (17 yards), Anthony Martin (25 yards) and Savion Kizer (22 yards).

Mac McFadden had a 24-yard scoop and run on the Reynolds opening drive to give the Patriot defense a touchdown in the second straight game. The Patriot defense held the Demons to 224 yards of total offense and pitched a second-half shutout for the third straight week.

Jeff Yurk had a 30-yard field goal and Nick Boulanger had a 2-point conversion run for Pinecrest special teams.

Metzger can get on the field win No. 100 at Pinecrest next week against Union Pines. He took over the Patriot program in 2007 and led the team to a 3-8 record his first season — totaling the success of the two previous head coaches in their combined four years at the helm of the program.

You and your family are invited to join coach Metzger for Inside Pinecrest Football Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Char Bar 7 just off Morgantown Road in Southern Pines. The weekly show will take you inside the Patriots huddle for game-by-game analysis and a look ahead to Pinecrest's game with Union Pines. Bring the family and let’s talk Pinecrest football LIVE every Monday at 6:30 p.m. from Char Bar 7 just off Morgantown Road in Southern Pines. #goPinecrest #MSRscores
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08/30/19 Southern Lee  
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09/20/19 BYE  
09/27/19 Seventy First  
10/04/19 @Richmond County  
10/11/19 Purnell Swett  
10/18/19 Lumberton  
10/25/19 @Scotland County  
11/01/19 Jack Britt  
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Zyheem Kelly had two special teams touchdowns and he caught a 44-yard pass for a third score as Pinecrest crushed Southern Lee 63-10 Friday in Southern Pines.

Kelly, a senior athlete, returned a blocked field goal 63 yards for a score in the second quarter and he returned a punt 43 yards in the third.

Pinecrest quarterback Ben Garbark was 3 of 7 passing for 66 yards with touchdown strikes to Kelly and Braxton Barber. He also had 2 interceptions.

The Patriots had rushing touchdowns from Nick Boulanger (8 yards), Savion Kizer (16 yards), Anthony Martin (6 yards) and Ian Cooke (1 yard). Max Parkins had a 18-yard pick 6 in the second quarter and the Pinecrest defense forced a safety in the third quarter.

Southern Lee was held to 154 yards of total offense — 80 of which came on a pass from Thomas Harrington to EJ Foxx for a touchdown in the first quarter. Kicker Daniel Pisano added a 19-yard field goal in the second for the final Cavalier points.

Pinecrest improves to 2-0 and visits RJ Reynolds Friday in Winston-Salem.

You can follow every Pinecrest football game this season on MooreSportsRadio.com and here on STAR 102.5. Our broadcasts begin at 7 p.m. with the Cooper Ford Countdown to Kickoff show. #goPinecrest #MSRscores
Box Score
Concord Spiders vs. Pinecrest Patriots

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Wake Forest took advantage of five Pinecrest turnovers to beat the Patriots 49-7 and advance to the state 4AA football championship game for the third straight year.

Regional final newcomer Pinecrest started strong holding No. 1 ranked Wake Forest (13-0) to 14 yards of offense in the first quarter. Then quarterback Mateo Supido pieced together a 10-play drive that ended with the senior scoring on a one-yard run midway through the second frame.

After a Patriot three and out, Wake Forest put together another six-play drive that ended with Pinecrest senior cornerback Shymeik Reaves intercepting a Supido pass in the end zone — the only Cougar turnover on the night.

On the next play, Pinecrest senior quarterback Greg Van Steen threw a lateral pass toward the Patriot sideline that was swatted down by Cougar defender Chance Smith who then scooped up the live ball and returned it six yards for the touchdown and a 14-0 Wake Forest lead.

With 38 seconds left in the half, Supido completed a 56-yard catch and run to Traevon Kenion to put the Cougars up 21-0.

Pinecrest sophomore quarterback Ben Garbark scored the Patriots only touchdown early in the third quarter converting a fourth and one into a 56-yard sprint to the end zone. Freshman Kessler Atkinson's PAT made it 21-7.

Wake Forest added a touchdown run in the third, then converted a blocked punt, an interception and a fumbled punt into touchdowns in the fourth quarter to make what was a close game appear anything but.

Patriot senior running back Zaythan Hill was the leading rusher but was held to 87 total yards on 19 carries — well below his 127 average per game.

Van Steen finished 3-for-5 passing for 41 yards and one interception, and Garbark was 1 of 11 passing for 13 yards and an interception. The Patriots were held to 204 yards of total offense and yielded 324 to the Cougars.

The Patriot defense was led by senior linebacker Jacob Depauli who earned MooreSportsRadio.com player of the game. Senior nose guard Rodney Evans, senior tackle Aiden Austin and junior lineback Levi Bear also had standout performances for Pinecrest.

Wake Forest has won 44 straight games and faces Henderson Vance (14-1) for the state 4AA championship next week. Vance defeated Myers Park (13-2) 21-13 Friday.

Pinecrest finishes the season 11-4. #goPinecrest #MSRscores
Pinecrest upset No. 2 seed Hoggard 26-17 Friday to the advance to the 4AA East Region football final next week.

The Patriots bend but don't break defense was stellar, limiting the Vikings' heralded passing game to 107 yards on the night. Led by Shymeik Reaves, Rodney Evans, Levi Bear and Jacob Depouli, Pinecrest held Hoggard to 185 total yards of total offense and pitched a second-half shutout.

Offensively, Pinecrest's Zathan Hill was the man. He had a game-high 152 rushing yards and touchdown runs of 6, 2 and 50 yards — the last one securing the win with 2:04 to play. The senior is 101 yards shy of breaking the 2,000 yard mark for the season.

Sophomore quarterback Ben Garbark picked apart a touted Hoggard secondary completing 11 of 17 passes for 194 yards. He tossed a 27-yard touchdown to Reaves, who earned player of the game, with excellence as a receiver, defensive back and his special teams work.

Hoggard (10-2) capitalized on Pinecrest errors turning a fumbled punt into a field goal and a special teams break down into an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The Vikings also blocked two extra points.

Starting Hogard quarterback Gabriel Johnson left the game in the first quarter and backup Chris Toudle found Drew Medley for a 25-yard touchdown just before the half for the final Hoggard score.

The No. 6-seed Patriots (11-3) travel to No. 1 Wake Forest, the winner of 43 straight games. The Cougars (12-0) are the two-time defending state 4AA champions. They beat Leesville Road 41-10 Friday to advance to their eighth East Region final since 2008. #goPinecrest #MSRscores

Pinecrest advances to the third round of the state playoffs for the first time in school history.
Pinecrest advanced to the second round of the state 4AA football playoffs Friday with a 41-6 win over Cary Panther Creek in Southern Pines.

The Patriot defense had one of its best performances of the season, limiting No. 11-seed Panther Creek (6-6) to 172 yards of total offense and keeping the Catamount offense out of the end zone. Pinecrest linebacker Jacob Depauli earned Player of the Game recognition for multiple solo stops in the backfield.

Pinecrest rolled up 448 yards of offense, led by sophomore quarterback Ben Garbark who completed 8 of 11 passes for 120 yards including a 21-yard touchdown to Martra McManus and a 27-yard touchdown to Alex Roberts.

Senior running back Zaythan Hill saw limited action but managed a game high 102 yards on 10 carries with touchdown runs of 1 and 54 yards. Junior Nick Boulanger came off the bench for an 8-carry, 98-yard performance including a 31-yard touchdown, and senior Corey Patterson had 6-yard touchdown run.

Panther Creek's lone score was a 62-yard fumble return in third quarter.

The No. 6-seed Patriots improve to 9-3 on the season and visit No. 3 seed Holly Springs in Round 2.

Pinecrest stages a late comeback after falling behind 21-0 but can't pull out the victory.  The Patriots finsh the regular season 8-3 and will play Panther Creek in the first round of the playoffs!
Pinecrest has 544 yards of total offense (378 rushing, 166 passing). Hoke Co. had 282 yards of total offense (225 rushing, 57 passing).

Pinecrest is now 8-2 on the season and will travel to 71st for their final game of the regular season!
Box Score
Pinecrest Patriots vs. Jack Britt Buccaneers

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Scotland Fighting Scots vs. Pinecrest Patriots

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Pinecrest Patriots vs. Lumberton Pirates

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6 0 0 8 14
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Pinecrest Patriots vs. Purnell Swett Rams

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The scoring started slowly but things got out of hand quickly for the 3-2 Patriots as Richmond improves to 4-1.  It was the 2nd time this season the Pinecrest offense was held scoreless.

Pinecrest will play at Purnell Swett this Friday at 7:30.
Pinecrest jumps ahead 16-0 early and cruises to the 36-14 win at home. Pinecrest is off this week and will travel to 71st on September 21st.
DURHAM — Hillside took advantage of a Pinecrest turnover Friday converting a special teams miscue into the only score of the night.

A late third-quarter Hornet punt landed at the Pinecrest 28 yard line where bounced into the back of Patriot defender Grant Mabe who was locked up with a Hillside blocker and did not see the ball. The Hornets recovered at the 25, and three players later, Antonio Davis plowed into the endzone from 3 yards out. Donald Moore added the two-point conversion.

The game was a classic defensive battle. Pinecrest's Zaythan Hill lead all rushers with 115 yards on 19 carries. The Patriots had 177 rushing yards and yielded 201 to the Hornets (2-1).

Quarterback Greg Van Steen was 6 of 9 passing for 71 yards, and he had seven carries for 11 yards. Sophomore backup Ben Garback completed 2 of 4 passes for 7 yards and an interception. He had 4 carries for 22 yards.

Pinecrest was 2 of 4 on fourth down conversions and 0-9 on third downs. The Patriots also had three turnovers to the Hornets' one.

The game was interrupted 45 minutes in the first quarter because of lightning.

The Patriots face Providence next week in the home opener. The Panthers (1-2) lost to Myers Park 55-14 Friday.
Pinecrest survived four turnovers and relied heavily on its bend but don't break defense to escape Hope Mills with a 24-21 win over Gray's Creek Friday.

The Patriots held the Gray's Creek Wing-T offense to 131 rushing yards. Bears quarterback Ben Lovette was 10 of 21 passing for 102 yards, 2 touchdowns and one interception. He also had one rushing yard on six carries.

The Bears' Dalton Patrick turned a bad Pinecrest center-quarterback exchange into a 55-yard scoop and run for the game's final score on the opening second half drive.

Pinecrest's lightning and thunder running back duo of of Zaythan Hill and Corey Patterson shredded the Bear defense for 280 yards. Hill had 24 carries for 175 yards and 1 touchdown while Patterson quietly accumulated 105 yards on 16 carries.

Alexander Roberts found a host of Bear defenders in the backfield late in the first quarter on one if his two carries on the night. The senior changed direction and found a wall of blockers for 23-yard touchdown.

Place kicker Cameron Haiduven nailed a 31-yard field goal with 5:59 to play in the first half.

Quarterback Greg Van Steen executed a flawless 2-minute offense just before halftime finishing the drive with a 1-yard scamper for the third Patriot touchdown with 46 seconds left in the quarter. The senior completed 1 of 7 passes for 53 yards and one interception.

Pinecrest visits Durham Hillside next week. The Hornets (1-1) lost to Scotland 28-12 Friday

Box Score
Pinecrest Patriots vs. Gray's Creek Bears

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7 7 0 0 21
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Pinecrest Patriots vs. Laney Buccaneers

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6 0 0 7 13
Box Score:
Athens Drive Jaguars vs. Pinecrest Patriots

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Trey Dowd and Zaythan Hill had a pair of rushing touchdowns to lead Pinecrest past Hoke County 34-16 Friday in Raeford.

Dowd found the end zone from 4 and 9 yards out while Hill had a pair of 4-yard scores as the Patriots improve to 7-4 overall.

Pinecrest finished with 491 yards of total offense, 355 coming on the ground. Dowd led all rushers with 90 yards on 7 carries and Hill finished with 89 yards on 12 carries. Corey Patterson had 13 carries for 73 yards and a 6-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Greg Van Steen completed 8 of 14 passes for 136 yards.

Pinecrest was penalized 12 times in the contest for 146 yards — including five consecutive plays at one point.

The Patriots also won the turnover battle 4-2.

Pinecrest will be the No. 4 seed from the Sandhills Athletic Conference in the state 4A playoffs next week. The Patriots are projected to have a first-round home game with a triangle area team. Official brackets will be announced later today.

You can follow Pinecrest football in the playoffs on MooreSportsRadio.com and here on STAR 102.5. Our broadcasts begin at 7 p.m. with the Moes Southwest Grill Countdown to Kickoff. #goPinecrest
BOX SCORE:
Jack Britt Buccaneers vs. Pinecrest Patriots

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10 0 13 0 23
Box Score:  Pinecrest Patriots vs. Scotland Fighting Scots

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28 6 13 0 47
Zaythan Hill had 228 rushing yards and three touchdowns to lead Pinecrest past Lumberton 34-27 Friday in Southern Pines. 

Hill had scores of 5, 46 and 53 yards, but the senior's ability to find the first down marker kept several drives alive and may have been the key to the Patriot win. 

Corey Patterson had a 1-yard scoring run in the third frame and Trey Dowd crossed the goal line from 1 yard out in the fourth to help the Patriots improve to 5-3 overall, 2-2 in the Sandhills Athletic Conference.

Lumberton's Braylan Grice established himself as a man among men in the chippy contest. The junior quarterback carried the ball 27 times for 142 yards and 4 touchdowns, and he completed 14 of 30 passes for 287 yards. Grice also completed a 2-point conversion pass to Javonte McDougald and handled punting duties for the Pirates. 

Lumberton (2-6; 1-3) had 445 yards of total offense; Pinecrest had 377.

Pinecrest visits Scotland next week. The Scots (6-1; 4-0) silenced 71st 56-35 last night. #goPinecrest
Box Score
Purnell Swett Rams vs. Pinecrest Patriots

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Pinecrest Patriots vs. Richmond County Raiders

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Fayetteville Seventy-First came to Southern Pines and made a statement Friday night.

The Falcons built a 21-point lead and held Pinecrest to 9 first-half rushing yards en route to a very physical 28-14 win. Welcome to the Sandhills Athletic Conference, men.

Seventy-First's ground and pound attack frustrated the Patriot defense as the Falcons confidently marched down the field on the first two offensive possessions taking large chuncks of yards per carry. Quarterback Kyler Davis found an open Reggie Bryant for a 37-yard touchdown pass on the first series, and running back Fabian Jones scored on a 2-yard run on the second Falcon drive.

Juan Maddox's 4-yard plunge into the end zone gave Seventy-First (4-1; 1-0) a three-score lead at recess.

Pinecrest's second-half adjustments helped as quarterback Greg Van Steen found Darius Barrett for a 25-yard catch and acrobatic run for the first Patriot score of the night midway through the third quarter. The other score came early in the fourth when Dylan Gray caught a tipped ball in the end zone for a 9-yard score.

Statistically speaking, the game was close. Pinecrest (3-2; 0-1) finished with 308 yards of total offense of which 159 came on the ground. Van Steen completed 10 of 13 passes for 149 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Seventy-First had 306 yards of total offense, 166 coming the ground. Davis completed 8 of 13 passes for 140 yards and one touchdown.

The incidentals also had an impact in the outcome. Pinecrest was flagged 13 times for 155 yards, and the Patriots lost the turnover battle giving up one on a late fumble. Seventy-First had the ball for 26:15 while the Patriots had it 9:45. Pinecrest visits Richmond Senior next week. The Raiders (3-2; 1-0) beat Purnell Swett 56-34 last night.
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Pinecrest Patriots vs. Providence Panthers

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Hillside Hornets vs. Pinecrest Patriots

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Gray's Creek Bears vs. Pinecrest Patriots

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Scoring Recap:

Alex Roberts 17 run; kick failed | 6-0
Greg Van Steen 1 run; Zaythan Hill conversion | 14-0
Martra McManus 90 yard pick 6; Cameron Haiduven PAT | 21-0
Van Steen 6 pass to Austin Metzger; Cameron Haiduven PAT | 28-0
Laney flagged for intentional grounding in end zone for safety | 30-0
Considered by many to be done after a 5-game losing streak in late October, the Union Pines football team made a statement Friday night.

The Vikings outscored Westover 46-38 in Cameron to complete the regular season with back-to-back wins and a birth in next week's 3AA East playoffs.

Quarterback Ben Bowbliss had touchdown runs of 75 and 1 yard to lead the Vikings. He gained 197 yards on 18 carries, and he completed 7 of 17 passes for 74 yards including an 8-yard touchdown to Justin Eberhart.

Viking running back Kalon Green rushed for 98 yards on 18 carries and had touchdown runs of 21 and 2 yards. Kicker Sam Parsons had a 34-yard field goal and 2 PATs, and Union Pines had conversion points from a Dakota Hicks run, and a Trevor Womak pass to Tristian Serna.

Union Pines finishes the regular season 6-5 overall, 2-4 in the Cape Fear Valley Conference.

North Moore clobbered Chatham Central 55-20 in Bear Creek Friday. The Mustangs led 35-14 at recess and finish the regular season with a 6-4 record, 5-3 in the Yadkin Valley Conference. Following an open week, North Moore could host a first-round 1A state playoff game.
Union Pines won the battle of big plays Friday at Southern Lee as the Vikings beat the Cavaliers 17-14 in Sanford.

Union Pines quarterback Ben Bowbliss had two second-half touchdown runs — the most important a 1-yard plunge on fourth and goal with just under 3 minutes to play in the contest. The Viking defense held on the ensuing Southern Lee drive to snap a 5-game losing streak.

Bowbliss completed 9 of 19 passes for 73 yards and 2 interceptions. He had 7 carries for 46 yards, including a 12-yard scamper to the right pylon on the first drive of the second half.

Sam Parsons had a 39-yard field goal the Vikings in the first quarter.

Southern Lee (4-6; 1-4) had first-quarter rushing scores of 73 and 93 yards.

Union Pines improves to 5-5 overall, 1-4 in the Cape Fear Valley 4A. The Vikings close the regular season at home next week needing a win over Westover to secured a spot in the playoffs. The Wolverines lost to Lee County 28-6 Friday.

Lee County used a pair of late scores to pull away from Union Pines 35-24 in a Cape Fear Valley 3A matchup Friday in Sanford.

After giving up 14 early points, Union Pines found first-half paydirt with a 32-yard field goal by Sam Parsons and a 97-yard pick six by Dakota Hicks. The host Yellow Jackets (7-2; 2-2) scored a third touchdown in the final minute to take a 21-10 lead at recess.

Viking quarterback Ben Bowbliss connected with Clayton Jessee for a 16-yard touchdown late in the third to trim the lead to four.

Lee County took advantage of a muffed Viking punt for a short-field score, then the Yellow Jackets recovered a pooch kick to set up their final score with under 3 minutes to play in the game.

Union Pines added a late score when Bowbliss completed an 15-yard pass to Wendell McDuffie.

Bowbliss completed 22 for 43 passes for 244 yards and he carried the ball 19 times for 53 yards.

Union Pines falls to 4-5 overall, 0-4 in league play. The Vikings visit Southern Lee next week.

Union Pines lost its fourth straight football game Friday, falling 35-28 in a Cape Fear Valley 3A shootout with Douglas Byrd in Cameron

Kalon Green had huge night for the Vikings lighting up the scoreboard with touchdown runs of 29 and 2 yards and receptions of 19 and 32 yards.

Quarterback Ben Bowbliss completed 12 of 23 passes for 200 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also carried the ball 8 times for 38 yards.

Byrd (3-5; 2-1) rolled up 424 yards of rushing offense on 42 carries. The Vikings (4-4; 0-3) had 340 yards of offense — 280 in the air and 60 on the ground.

After an open week, Union Pines visits Lee County Oct. 23.

Union Pines and Gray's Creek battled evenly between the 20s for most of Thursday night's game, but the Bears broke three long runs for a 20-7 win in Cameron.

Calvin Boyd had rushing touchdowns of 80, 68 and 29 yards as Gray's Creek (5-1; 1-0) won the rainy Cape Fear Valley 3A opener for both schools.

Union Pines quarterback Ben Bowbliss cut the Bears' lead to 14-7 late in the third quarter on a 13-yard scoring pass to Brayden Gisler. Bowbliss completed 10 of 22 passes for 83 yards with 1 interception and he carried the ball 14 times for 37 yards in the game.

Taijh Alston led the Viking defense with 9 tackles. Other than Boyd's three big runs, Union Pines held the Bears to 115 yards of total offense and recovered 2 fumbles.

Union Pines is 4-2; 0-1 and visits league leader Terry Sanford next week. ‪

Union Pines improved to 4-0 Friday thanks to another standout performance by quarterback Ben Bowbliss. The junior threw three touchdown passes to lead the Vikings past Jordan-Matthews 28-21 in Cameron.

Bowbliss completed 15 of 27 passes for 153 yards and he carried the ball 10 times for 82 yards. He completed touchdown passes to Brandon Deloatch for 11 and 25 yards. Bowbliss connected with Brayden Gisler for an 11-yard touchdown to put the Vikings up 20-7 late in the third quarter. He also had a two-point conversion after running back Julian Thomas' 5-yard score late in the game.

Union Pines (4-0) hosts Western Harnett (0-4) next week.

Union Pines improved to 3-0 with a 25-14 win over Providence Grove Friday in Climax.

Quarterback Ben Blowbliss completed 14 of 26 passes for 162 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also carried the ball 16 times for 65 yards and a touchdown.

Viking receiver Trevor Womack had a 7-yard touchdown reception and he rushed for another score on a fake field goal. Brian Hackett also had a 28-yard touchdown pass from Bowbliss.

Taijh Alson recorded 1.5 sacks as the Union Pines defense the held Providence Grove (1-2) to 81 yards of total offense.

Union Pines welcomes Jordan-Matthews next week.

Visiting Union Pines needed a pair of second-half touchdowns and a two-point conversion to escape with a 15-13 win and pin the first lost of the season on the Mustangs.

Union Pines quarterback Ben Bowbliss had a 51-yard rushing touchdown late in the third quarter and he completed a 23-yard fade pass to Dakota Hicks for a score late in the fourth. Hicks also rushed for a two-point conversion after the first score while Sam Parsons connected on his only PAT attempt for Union Pines.

Bowbliss unofficially finished with 98 yards rushing on 14 carries and one fumble. He completed 7 of 17 passes for 51 yards and 2 INT.

North Moore's Tyreek Riddick-Reynolds had touchdown runs of 26 and 5 yards — the latter with just over a minute to play in the game. The Mustangs missed the first of two PATs.

North Moore is 1-1 and has an open week next week. The Mustangs start Yadkin Valley 1A play Sep. 11 with South Stanly in Robbins.

Union Pines is 2-0 and visits Providence Grove next week.
Union Pines quarterback Ben Bowbliss had five touchdowns Friday as the Vikings beat East Montgomery 43-26 in Cameron.

Viking QB Bowbliss carried the ball 15 times for 130 yards and had scoring runs of 18, 11 and 1 yard. He also completed 18 of 28 passes for 207 yards with touchdown passes to Clayton Jessee and Brandon Deloatch.

Turnovers were a key factor in the Union Pines-E. Montgomery game. The Viking defense recovered a pair of Eagle fumbles and UP's Trevor Womack and Robert Long each had interceptions.

Union Pines visits North Moore next week. The Mustangs beat Trinity 19-0 Friday.

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