11-1-21 roundup: Pro football and basketball, High school football and boys soccer, Middle school football, boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling, College football

By Richard Walker

The Charlotte Hornets dug too deep of a hole to get out of on Monday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers and fell 113-110 in front of 13,889 at Spectrum Center.

Charlotte (5-3) trailed by 19 points twice in the first quarter and by 17 points in the middle of the fourth quarter before closing within two points twice in the final 20.2 seconds.

But the Cavaliers hit three of four free throws in the final seconds to stave off the Hornets’ rally.

LaMelo Ball (30 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists), Terry Rozier (23 points, 6 rebounds), P.J. Washington (18 points), Miles Bridges (13 points, 5 rebounds) and Cody Martin (10 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists) led Charlotte.

The Hornets begin a five-game, eight-day Western Conference road trip on Wednesday.

Here is the Charlotte Hornets’ full regular season schedule (with results):

Wed. 20 INDIANA (W 123-122)
Fri. 22 at Cleveland (W 123-112)
Sun. 24 at Brooklyn (W 111-95)
Mon. 25 BOSTON (L 129-140, OT)
Wed. 27 at Orlando (W 120-111)
Fri. 29 at Miami (L 99-114)
Sun. 31 PORTLAND (W 125-113)
Mon. 1 CLEVELAND (L 110-113)
Wed. 3 at Golden State 10:00
Fri. 5 at Sacramento 10:00
Sun. 7 at LA Clippers 9:00
Mon. 8 at L.A. Lakers 10:30
Wed. 10 at Memphis 8:00
Fri. 12 NEW YORK 7:00
Sun. 14 GOLDEN STATE 7:00
Wed. 17 WASHINGTON 7:00
Fri. 19 INDIANA 7:00
Sat. 20 at Atlanta 7:30
Mon. 22 at Washington 7:00
Wed. 24 at Orlando 7:00
Fri. 26 MINNESOTA 7:00
Sat. 27 at Houston 8:00
Mon. 29 at Chicago 8:00
Wed. 1 at Milwaukee 8:00
Sun. 5 at Atlanta 6:00
Fri. 10 SACRAMENTO 7:00
Mon. 13 at Dallas 8:30
Wed. 15 at San Antonio 8:30
Fri. 17 at Portland 10:00
Sun. 19 at Phoenix 8:00
Mon. 20 at Utah 9:00
Thu. 23 at Denver 9:00
Mon. 27 HOUSTON 7:00
Wed. 29 at Indiana 7:00
Sun. 2 PHOENIX 7:00
Mon. 3 at Washington 7:00
Wed. 5 DETROIT 7:00
Sat. 8 MILWAUKEE 7:00
Mon. 10 MILWAUKEE 7:00
Wed. 12 at Philadelphia 7:00
Fri. 14 ORLANDO 7:00
Mon. 17 at New York 1:00
Wed. 19 at Boston 7:30
Fri. 21 OKLAHOMA CITY 7:00
Sun. 23 ATLANTA 7:00
Tue. 25 at Toronto 7:00
Wed. 26 at Indiana 7:00
Fri. 28 L.A. LAKERS 7:00
Sun. 30 LA CLIPPERS 1:00
Wed. 2 at Boston 7:30
Fri. 4 CLEVELAND 7:00
Sat. 5 MIAMI 7:00
Mon. 7 TORONTO 7:00
Wed. 9 CHICAGO 7:30
Fri. 11 at Detroit 7:00
Sat. 12 MEMPHIS 7:00
Tue. 15 at Minnesota 8:00
Thu. 17 MIAMI 7:00
Fri. 25 TORONTO 7:00
Sun. 27 DETROIT 7:00
Mon. 28 at Milwaukee 8:00
Wed. 2 at Cleveland 7:00
Sat. 5 SAN ANTONIO 7:00
Tue. 8 BROOKLYN 7:00
Wed. 9 BOSTON 7:00
Fri. 11 at New Orleans 8:00
Mon. 14 at Oklahoma City 8:00
Wed. 16 ATLANTA 7:00
Sat. 19 DALLAS 7:00
Mon. 21 NEW ORLEANS 7:00
Wed. 23 NEW YORK 7:00
Fri. 25 UTAH 7:00
Sun. 27 at Brooklyn 7:30
Mon. 28 DENVER 7:00
Wed. 30 at New York 7:30
Sat. 2 at Philadelphia 12:30
Tue. 5 at Miami 7:30
Thu. 7 ORLANDO 7:00
Fri. 8 at Chicago 8:00



Pro football

The Carolina Panthers don’t know if running back Christian McCaffrey will return to action for the first time since the third game of the season. But what it clear is that Carolina head coach Matt Rhule would like to lessen the load McCaffrey has carried previously for the Panthers.

“Take Christian out of it,” Rhule told the media on Monday after four players had six of more carries in Sunday’s win at Atlanta – Chuba Hubbard, Ameer Abdullah, Royce Freemand and Sam Darnold. “If you have guys you trust, I thought Royce (Freeman) played a good game for us, was physical, downhill, got hit a couple of times at 4 yards and ran for 6 or 7. I thought Ameer brought a jolt to us, catching the ball out of the backfield, screens and runs.
“So, to me, it’s not just about Christian, it’s about those guys have really emerged for us, and we want them all to play. So we’ll see where Christian’s at this week. But I think just in general with him coming back, forget about what’s happened, I want to see Chuba Hubbard on the field too, and Ameer on the field too. It’s a good problem to have.”

McCaffrey had 59 touches in the first two games with Hubbard getting 10.

Here is the Carolina Panthers’ 2021 schedule (with results):

Sept. 12 New York Jets (W 19-14)
Sept. 19 New Orleans (W 26-7)
Sept. 23 at Houston (W 24-9)
Oct. 3 at Dallas (L 28-36)
Oct. 10 Philadelphia (L 18-21)
Oct. 17 Minnesota (L 28-34, OT)
Oct. 24 at New York Giants (L 3-25)
Oct. 31 at Atlanta (W 19-13)
Nov. 7 New England, 1 p.m.
Nov. 14 at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.
Nov. 21 Washington, 1 p.m.
Nov. 28 at Miami, 1 p.m.
Dec. 12 Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Dec. 18 or 19 at Buffalo, TBD
Dec. 26 Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Jan. 2 at New Orleans, 1 p.m.
Jan. 9 at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m




High school boys soccer

Monday’s opening round schedule for Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties:

Cramer 2, Freedom 0
Forestview 1, High Point Central 0
St. Stephens 3, South Point 2
North Iredell 3, Ashbrook 2
East Lincoln 5, Smoky Mountain 1
North Lincoln 2, Asheboro 1

Shelby 2, Burns 0
Hendersonville 9, East Gaston 0
Lincolnton 2, Wilkes Central 0
Lincoln Charter 4, Robinson 3

Highland Tech 10, Sugar Creek 1
N.C. Leadership Academy 1, Cherryville 1 (OT, NCLA advances on penalty kicks)
Mount Airy 9, Bessemer City 0
W-S Carver 4, Mountain Island Charter 2
Piedmont Community Charter 3, Bishop McGuinness 2

Thursday’s second round schedule:

No. 16 East Lincoln at No. 1 Hibriten
No. 29 North Lincoln at No. 13 North Iredell
No. 11 Forestview at No. 6 North Henderson
No. 15 Foard at No. 2 Cramer

No. 13 Newton-Conover at No. 4 Shelby
No. 23 Lincoln Charter at No. 7 Owen
No. 18 Forest Hills at No. 2 Lincolnton

No. 14 Piedmont Community Charter at No. 3 Mount Airy
Cornerstone Charter-Eastern Randolph winner at No. 5 Highland Tech




High school football

Friday’s opening round playoff schedule for Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties:

Carson at Crest
Franklin at Kings Mountain
Eastern Guilford at South Point
Forestview at Clyde Erwin
Cramer vs. West Charlotte at Waddell
West Rowan at North Lincoln
East Lincoln at Oak Grove

Owen at Shelby
McMichael at Burns
East Gaston at Community School of Davidson
Surry Central at West Lincoln
Lincolnton at Monroe

Cherryville at Cherokee
Bessemer City at North Rowan
Highland Tech at Thomasville

Other area playoff pairings:

Page at Hough
South Caldwell at Chambers
Mallard Creek at Butler
North Meck at Weddington
Northwest Guilford at Kell
Mooresville at Myers Park
West Forsyth at South Meck
Catholic at Marvin Ridge
Providence at Glenn

Enka at Statesville
Hickory at Smoky Mountain

Mount Pleasant at Maiden
East Davidson at Bunker Hill
Newton-Conover at East Surry
Pine Lake Prep at Chase

Avery County at Thomas Jefferson

Ridge View, S.C. at Clover, S.C.




College football

Here’s the Carolinas Division I schedule for this week:

Wake Forest at North Carolina, noon
Pittsburgh at Duke, noon
N.C. A&T at Charleston Southern, 1 p.m.
Gardner-Webb at Hampton, 1 p.m.
St. Thomas (Minn.) at Davidson, 1 p.m.
Howard at S.C. State, 1:30 p.m.
Chattanooga at Wofford, 1:30 p.m.
Appalachian State at Arkansas State, 2 p.m.
Villanova at Elon, 2 p.m.
Norfolk State at N.C. Central, 2 p.m.
Presbyterian at Valparaiso, 2 p.m.
Furman at Western Carolina, 2 p.m.
Temple at East Carolina, 3 p.m.
The Citadel at Samford, 3 p.m.
Rice at Charlotte, 3:30 p.m.
Campbell at James Madison, 3:30 p.m.
N.C. State at Florida State, 4 p.m.
Coastal Carolina at Georgia Southern, 6 p.m.
Florida at South Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
Clemson at Louisville, 7:30 p.m.

Here’s the Carolinas Division II schedule for this week:

Notre Dame, Ohio at UNC Pembroke, noon
Livingstone at J.C. Smith, 1 p.m.
Shaw at Saint Augustine’s, 1 p.m.
Lincoln, Pa. at Chowan, 1 p.m.
Elizabeth City State at Bowie State, 1 p.m.
Virginia Wise at Catawba, 1 p.m.
Wingate at Newberry, 1 p.m.
Tusculum at Mars Hill, 1 p.m.
Limestone at Carson-Newman, 1 p.m.
Erskine at Shorter, 1 p.m.
Winston-Salem State at Fayetteville State, 2 p.m.
North Greenville at Valdosta, 3 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne at Barton, 4 p.m.





Middle school football

Shelby turned the tables on Crest in the 2021 Tri-County Conference title game with a 29-14 victory on Monday.

Crest had beaten the defending champion Blue Devils 14-12 in the regular season before winning the league title on Monday.

It was Shelby’s seventh Tri-County champoinship game title – and second straight.

For Crest, Lyric Pettis had a 60-yard TD run, Davarius Surratt a TD kickoff return and Hampton Boykins a two-point conversion run.

Shelby finished 8-1 overall and Crest 6-2.



Middle school boys soccer

Gaston County Conference standings through Nov. 1 games:

Belmont 3-0
Cramerton 3-0
Holbrook 2-0
Grier 1-1
Stanley 1-1
W.C. Friday 1-1
York Chester 1-1
Southwest 1-2
Bessemer City 0-2
Mount Holly 0-2
Chavis 0-3

(Monday’s games)
Cramerton 4, Grier 1: Brody Dyer, Lane Crotts and Kellen Albanese each scored one goal, Spencer Baker had two assists and got a Grier own goal to lead its offense and Isaac Aycock (two goalkeeping saves) and Tristan Holt led the defense.

Holbrook 5, Chavis 0

Mount Holly at Bessemer City, no report

Belmont 9, Southwest 0: Zeke Pruitt, Brody Crawford and Bryan Shaw had two goals each and John Cortazzo, Jent Miller and Blake Chesire had one goal each for Belmont.

Stanley at York Chester, no report

(Thursday’s games)
Belmont at Holbrook
Bessemer City at Grier
Chavis at W.C. Friday
York Chester at Mount Holly
Stanley at Southwest



Middle school volleyball

Gaston County Conference standings through Nov. 1 games:

Belmont 3-0
Chavis 3-0
Cramerton 3-0
Holbrook 1-1
Mount Holly 1-1
Stanley 1-1
W.C. Friday 1-1
Grier 0-2
Bessemer City 0-2
York Chester 0-2
Southwest 0-3

(Monday’s games)
Cramerton 3, Grier 0

Chavis 3, Holbrook 1: Emily Allen, Kate Mulvey, Landry Beam, Kate Bookout, Raylei Gidney, Kennedy Weathers and Jenna Anthony were leaders for Chavis.

Mount Holly at Bessemer City, no report

Belmont 3, Southwest 0: Charlotte Weeks, Carsyn Redmond, Bella Goodwin and McKenna Grice led Belmont.

Stanley at York Chester, no report

(Thursday’s games)
Belmont at Holbrook
Bessemer City at Grier
Chavis at W.C. Friday
York Chester at Mount Holly
Stanley at Southwest




Middle school wrestling

Gaston County Conference wrestling standings through Oct. 29:

Belmont 1-0
Cramerton 1-0
W.C. Friday 1-0
Mount Holly 1-0
York Chester 1-0
Holbrook 0-0
Bessemer City 0-1
Chavis 0-1
Grier 0-1
Southwest 0-1
Stanley 0-1

(Tuesday’s matches)
York Chester at Belmont
Bessemer City at Stanley
Southwest at Chavis
Cramerton at Mount Holly
Holbrook at W.C. Friday