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11-25-21 roundup: High school football, Pro basketball and football, College football

By Richard Walker

Cleveland County will host two Western N.C. semifinal playoff football games on Friday with teams that share levels of familiarity.

In Class 3A, South Point visits Crest in a rematch of a regular season game.

And in Class 2A, Shelby hosts Reidsville in a matchup of the state’s two winningest programs for the fifth time in the playoffs in the past 17 years.

Here’s a closer look at each of those games:

(Class 3A)
South Point at Crest
Series: South Point leads 25-16
South Point playoff history: 33rd appearance (56-26-2 record)
Crest playoff history: 36th appearance (73-32 record)
Storyline: A rematch of Crest’s 27-26 come-from-behind win over South Point on Oct. 1. It’s also the fourth state playoff meeting between the two schools; South Point won in 1973 and 2012 and Crest won in 2014. The key matchup will be between Crest running back Mari Adams (1,950 yards, 28 TDs) and South Point running back Tyson “A.J.” Riley (2,258 yards, 31 TDs).

(Class 2A)
Reidsville at Shelby
Series: Shelby leads 3-1
Shelby playoff history: 58th appearance (135-41-5 record)
Storyline: The two winningest programs in state history matchup for the fifth time in 17 years – all in postseason play – with a berth in the Western 2A finals at stake. Shelby has 827 documented wins and Reidsville 750. Reidsville is credited by the NCHSAA with 19 state titles (and can claim 21) and Shelby is credited with 11 (and can claim 18).

Here are Friday’s full NCHSAA regional semifinal pairings:

1A

(East)
#1 Tarboro (11-1) vs. #4 Northampton County (10-2)
#2 Northside-Pinetown (11-1) vs. #6 Pender (8-3)
(West)
#4 Robbinsville (9-3) vs. #9 Murphy (9-4)
#2 Mount Airy (13-0) vs. #3 Mitchell (11-2)

2A

(East)
#1 Princeton (12-0) vs. #5 St. Pauls (11-0)
#3 Northeastern (12-0) vs. #10 Wallace-Rose Hill (11-2)
(West)
#1 Shelby (12-1) vs. #4 Reidsville (12-0)
#2 East Surry (12-0) vs. #3 Maiden (13-0)

3A

(East)
#1 Eastern Alamance (10-1) vs. #13 Jacksonville (10-2)
#6 J.H. Rose (9-4) vs. #23 Scotland County (8-4)
(West)
#4 Crest (10-2) vs. #16 South Point (10-3)
#2 Statesville (12-0) vs. #3 Dudley (12-1)

4A

(East)
#16 Leesville Road (10-2) vs. #20 Rolesville (8-5)
#6 Cardinal Gibbons (11-2) vs. #18 Panther Creek (10-3)
(West)
#1 Hough (13-0) vs. #13 East Forsyth (11-1)
#3 Weddington (12-1) vs. #10 Julius Chambers (12-1)

 

 

 

College football

Charlotte 49ers head coach Will Healy says the message is simple for his team’s 2021 regular season finale at 2 p.m. at Old Dominion on Saturday:

Carmeron Dollar (4) during last April’s Charlotte 49ers spring football game.

“It’s a win of go home situation,” Healy said at his weekly Tuesday news conference.

Charlotte and Old Dominion have matching 5-6 overall records, with the winner qualifying for a postseason bowl and the loser finishing the season wondering about what might have been.

For the 49ers, a pair of local products could be suiting up for the last time for Charlotte in graduate wide receiver Cameron Dollar and redshirt senior running back Calvin Camp.

Dollar, a 2017 East Lincoln High graduate, is coming off the best game of his senior season with four catches for 50 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-28 home loss to Marshall last Saturday to give him seven catches for 97 yards this season. Dollar has 60 catches for 883 yards and eight touchdowns in his 39-game, 17-start career.

Camp, a 2017 Shelby High graduate, is Charlotte’s leading rusher with 545 yards and three touchdowns in 97 carries in 11 games (four starts). His career-best game of 101 yards came in a 42-39 home win over Middle Tennessee.

Dollar was projected to be more of a factor in the 49ers’ offense entering the season.

Instead, younger receivers have gotten more playing time and catches from senior quarterback Chris Reynolds.

“We’re talking about a guy that’s made a ton of plays for us,” Healy said of Dollar. “Then some young bucks come in and take some of his (playing) time.
“Cam’s going through a little bit of finding his identity. His consistency is good for our program. It’s important for guys to buy into a role that’s bigger than themselves. Cam’s been awesome.”

Camp has been a revelation for the running game – and gained the respect and praise of Reynolds and Healy.

“We came in together as walkons,” Reynolds said of Camp when both were part of former coach Brad Lambert’s last recruiting class of 2018. “He’s a leader and he’s helping the younger guys in addition to giving us production on the field.”

Healy wasn’t sure Camp would contribute to the program after he was hired to replace Lambert in December 2018.

“I think Calvin would be the first to tell you that we didn’t get off to the greatest start,” Healy said. “You want everybody to buy in. It’s amazing how our relationship has changed. He’s really created some great habits and is a great story of perseverance. I’m so excited when Calvin enjoys success because he’s earned it.”

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

(Friday)
Cincinnati at East Carolina, 3:30 p.m.
Coastal Carolina at South Alabama, 3:30 p.m.
North Carolina at N.C. State, 7 p.m.
(Saturday)
Wake Forest at Boston College, noon
Miami, Fla., at Duke, 12:30 p.m.
Charlotte at Old Dominion, 2 p.m.
Georgia Southern at Appalachian State, 2:30 p.m.
FCS playoffs – Davidson at Kennesaw State, 2 p.m.

Here’s this week’s Carolina Division II schedule:

(Saturday)
Newberry at Bowie State, 3 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro basketball

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 (W 97-87)
Fri. 19 INDIANA (W 121-118)
Sat. 20 at Atlanta (L 105-115)
Mon. 22 at Washington (W 109-103)
Wed. 24 at Orlando (W 108-99)
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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro football

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 (L 21-27)
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