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11-14-21 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school football and boys soccer

By Richard Walker

Could Cam Newton’s return to the Carolina Panthers have gone any better?

Signed officially on Thursday, Newton was productive in a limited role as the Panthers routed the Arizona Cardinals 34-10 on Sunday to even their record at 5-5 on the season.

Arizona, whose 8-2 record remains the best in the NFC and tied with the Tennessee Titans for best in the NFL, was without quarterback Kyler Murray for the second straight game.

But the Panthers appeared on an emotional high after adding for nine-year Carolina standout Newton, even as P.J. Walker started at quarterback and played most of the way in the easier-than-expected victory.

Newton came in for special packages and produced two touchdowns – one on a running play and another on a pass, respectively, on his first two plays.

His first scoring play came after the Panthers’ defense forced a fumble on the Cardinals’ opening possession. Newton came in for the first time since his return on a second-and-goal play from the 2 and promptly ran for a touchdown.

After the TD run, Newton took off his helmet and exclaimed “I’m back!”

Newton then threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Robby Anderson for the Panthers’ second touchdown. Those two touchdowns came in Carolina’s first two possessions – and after the Panthers had scored one touchdowns in their previous 35 offensive possessions.

For the game, Newton rushed three times for 14 yards and completed three of four passes for eight yards.

Walker completed 22 of 29 passes for 167 with one interception and no touchdowns and Christian McCaffrey had 95 yards rushing and 10 catches for 66 yards.

The defense limited two Arizona quarterbacks to 143 yards passing and 65 yards rushing.

Ironically, the Panthers have now beaten the Cardinals in six straight matchups – all by double digits – and hold a 14-5 all-time series lead over the franchise. Also, the 24-point win was the Panthers’ largest margin of victory since Nov. 13, 2017 season in a 45-21 win over Miami.

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 (L 6-24)
Nov. 14 at Arizona (W 34-10)
Nov. 21 Washington, 1 p.m.
Nov. 28 at Miami, 1 p.m.
Dec. 5 BYE WEEK
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

 

 

 

Pro basketball

In front of the largest crowd of the season, the Charlotte Hornets knocked off the Golden State Warriors 106-102 on Sunday.

Miles Bridges (22 points, 8 rebounds), LaMelo Ball (21 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists) and Terry Rozier (20 points) led the Hornets.

It was Charlotte’s third straight victory, improved the team’s record to 8-7 and came in front of 19,559 at Spectrum Center.

Former Charlotte Christian and Davidson standout Stephen Curry was a top attraction – and he had 24 points, six rebounds and 10 assists for the Warriors.

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

OCTOBER
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)
NOVEMBER
Mon. 1 CLEVELAND (L 110-113)
Wed. 3 at Golden State (L 92-114)
Fri. 5 at Sacramento (L 110-140)
Sun. 7 at LA Clippers (L 106-120)
Mon. 8 at L.A. Lakers (L 123-126, OT)
Wed. 10 at Memphis (W 118-108)
Fri. 12 NEW YORK (W 104-96)
Sun. 14 GOLDEN STATE (W 106-102)
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
DECEMBER
Wed. 1 at Milwaukee 8:00
Sun. 5 at Atlanta 6:00
Mon. 6 PHILADELPHIA 7:00
Wed. 8 PHILADELPHIA 7:00
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
JANUARY
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
FEBRUARY
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
MARCH
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
APRIL
Sat. 2 at Philadelphia 12:30
Tue. 5 at Miami 7:30
Thu. 7 ORLANDO 7:00
Fri. 8 at Chicago 8:00
Sun. 10 WASHINGTON TBD

 

 

 

 

College football

Here’s the Carolinas Division I results from the weekend:

(Thursday)
Pittsburgh 30, North Carolina 23 (OT)
(Saturday)
Clemson 44, Connecticut 7
Dayton 38, Davidson 29
East Carolina 30, Memphis 29
Hampton 28, Campbell 21
Marist 57, Presbyterian 32
N.C. Central 45, Howard 27
Charleston Southern 32, Gardner-Webb 24 (2 OT)
N.C. A&T 27, S.C. State 17
East Tennessee State 56, Western Carolina 35
Elon 37, Towson 14
Furman 37, VMI 31
The Citadel 45, Wofford 44
Appalachian State 31, South Alabama 7
Louisiana Tech 42, Charlotte 32
Virginia Tech 48, Duke 17
Missouri 31, South Carolina 28
Wake Forest 45, N.C. State 42

Here’s the Carolinas Division II results from the weekend:
(Saturday)
North Greenville 56, Shorter 0
CIAA championship at Salem, Va. – Bowie State 17, Fayetteville State 7
Barton 36, Virginia Wise 24
Lenoir-Rhyne 56, Catawba 3
Concord, W.Va. 28, UNC Pembroke 25
Wingate 26, Mars Hill 19
Newberry 42, Limestone 7
Kentucky State 41, Erskine 17

 

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

(Thursday)
Louisville at Duke, 7:30 p.m.
(Saturday)
Campbell at Robert Morris, noon
Charleston Southern at Georgia, noon
Wake Forest at Clemson, noon
Wofford at North Carolina, noon
Drake at Davidson, 1 p.m.
Furman at Samford, 1 p.m.
Gardner-Webb at N.C. A&T, 1 p.m.
Texas State at Coastal Carolina, 1 p.m.
The Citadel at Chattanooga, 1:30 p.m.
Western Carolina at VMI, 1:30 p.m.
Delaware State at N.C. Central, 2 p.m.
S.C. State at Norfolk State, 2 p.m.
Presbyterian at St. Thomas, Minn., 2 p.m.
Rhode Island at Elon, 2 p.m.
Appalachian State at Troy, 3:30 p.m.
East Carolina at Navy, 3:30 p.m.
Marshall at Charlotte, 3:30 p.m.
Syracuse at N.C. State, 4 p.m.
Auburn at South Carolina, 7 p.m.

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

(Saturday)
NCAA Division II playoffs – Lenoir-Rhyne at Bowie STate
NCAA Division II playoffs – Newberry at West Florida

 

 

 

College basketball

Gaston College’s return to basketball continued its perfect start on Sunday afternoon with a 97-68 victory over Pitt County Community College at North Gaston High School.

The Rhinos improved their record to 5-0 in their first season of basketball in 50 years.

Trailing only once – at 2-1 – Gaston College used a balanced offensive attack and another suffocating defensive effort to roll to a 41-30 halftime lead before taking a 29-point victory.

Damon Davis (21 points, 5 assists), Naysean Baisy (16 points), Jaylen Bates (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Dee Merriweather (12 points) led the offense and Kalil Camara had four blocked shots and Bates three as the Rhinos limited the Bulldogs (2-2) to 38.9 percent shooting and into 16 turnovers.

Gaston College is slated to play at Erskine’s Varsity II team on Tuesday night before a weekend trip at perennial junior college powers Tallahassee Community College on Friday and Northwest Florida on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

High school football

Here are NCHSAA third round playoff pairings:
1A
(East)
#8 Perquimans (8-2) at #1 Tarboro (10-1)
#5 Rosewood (6-2) at #4 Northampton County (9-2)
#6 Pender (7-3) at #3 North Moore (10-1)
#7 Southside (11-1) at #2 Northside-Pinetown (10-1)
(West)
#9 Murphy (8-4) at #1 Eastern Randolph (10-0)
#12 North Rowan (8-3) at #4 Robbinsville (8-3)
#6 Thomasville (9-2) at #3 Mitchell (10-2)
#7 Starmount (8-4) at #2 Mount Airy (12-0)

2A
(East)
#8 Nash Central (7-5) at #1 Princeton (11-0)
#5 St. Pauls (10-0) at #4 Whiteville (11-0)
#11 Washington (10-2) at #3 Northeastern (11-0)
#10 Wallace-Rose Hill (10-2) at #2 East Duplin (11-1)
(West)
#24 East Gaston (8-4) at #1 Shelby (11-1)
#5 Hendersonville (10-1) at #4 Reidsville (11-0)
#6 Salisbury (11-0) at #3 Maiden (12-0)
#7 Monroe (8-1) at #2 East Surry (11-0)

3A
(East)
#8 Westover (10-1) at #1 Eastern Alamance (9-1)
#13 Jacksonville (9-2) at #5 Lee County (9-3)
#6 J.H. Rose (8-4) at #3 Seventy-First (12-0)
#23 Scotland County (7-4) at #2 Northern Nash (11-1)
(West)
#25 Forestview (7-5) at #16 South Point (9-3)
#5 North Davidson (8-3) at #4 Crest (9-2)
#11 Kings Mountain (10-2) at #3 Dudley (11-1)
#7 Hibriten (8-3) at #2 Statesville (11-0)

4A
(East)
#25 Knightdale (6-5) at #16 Leesville Road (9-2)
#20 Rolesville (7-5) at #12 Millbrook (11-1)
#6 Cardinal Gibbons (10-2) at #3 Cleveland (11-0)
#18 Panther Creek (9-3) at #7 Hoggard (11-1)
(West)
#25 Mallard Creek (6-4) at #1 Hough (12-0)
#13 East Forsyth (10-1) at #5 Glenn (9-2)
#27 Cuthbertson (6-6) at #3 Weddington (11-1)
#18 Porter Ridge (8-2) at #10 Julius Chambers (11-1)

 

 

High school boys soccer

Here is Tuesday’s Western championship pairing:
(2A)
No. 4 Shelby at No. 2 Lincolnton