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11-27-21 roundup: College football and basketball, High school football, Pro basketball and football

By Richard Walker

It’ll be Wake Forest against Pittsburgh in next Saturday’s 8 p.m. ACC championship game at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium.

Wake Forest (10-2, 7-1) clinched the Atlantic Division title on Saturday with a 41-10 win at Boston College.

Pittsburgh (10-2, 7-1) wrapped up the Coastal Division title last week and closed its regular season Sunday with a 31-14 win at Syracuse.

It’ll be the second appearance in the ACC title game for both Wake Forest and Pittsburgh; Wake Forest beat Georgia Tech 9-6 in the 2006 championship game and Pittsburgh lost 42-10 to Clemson in 2018.

The Wake Forest-Pittsburgh matchup also means Clemson’s record six-year streak of consecutive ACC titles will come to an end.

Here’s a list of previous ACC championship games:

2005 Florida State 27, Virginia Tech 22
2006 Wake Forest 9, Georgia Tech 6
2007 Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 16
2008 Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 12
2009 Georgia Tech 39, Clemson 34
2010 Virginia Tech 44, Florida State 33
2011 Clemson 38, Virginia Tech 10
2012 Florida State 21, Georgia Tech 15
2013 Florida State 45, Duke 7
2014 Florida State 37, Georgia Tech 35
2015 Clemson 45, North Carolina 37
2016 Clemson 42, Virginia Tech 35
2017 Clemson 38, Miami 3
2018 Clemson 42, Pittsburgh 10
2019 Clemson 62, Virginia 17
2020 Clemson 34, Notre Dame 10

Sites of ACC championship games:

2005-07 Jacksonville, Fla.
2008-09 Tampa, Fla.
2010-15 Charlotte
2016 Orlando, Fla.
2016-20 Charlotte

Here’s are this week’s Carolinas Division I results:

Old Dominion 56, Charlotte 34: The late season swoon continued as the 49ers lost for fifth time in six games to finish one game shy of bowl eligiblity.

Charlotte (5-7, 3-5) fell behind 21-0 and 28-7 before rallying within 35-34 early in the fourth quarter. But the Monarchs (6-6, 5-3) scored the game’s last 21 points for the win that send them to a bowl game.

“I fully expected to win the game,” 49ers head coach Will Healy said in a school news release. “I didn’t want this to be the last week for these guys. I thought there were glimpses in the game of where you played dominant football but we weren’t consistent enough. It’s probably the story of our year”

It was the seventh game this season where Charlotte has yielded 33 or more points.

Charlotte’s 5-7 record ties for the second-most wins in school history with the 2013, 2014 and 2018 teams; The 2019 team’s 7-6 final record that included the 49ers’ only bowl appearance is the school’s all-time winner.

Here’s all of this weekend’s Carolinas Division I results:

(Friday)
Cincinnati 35, East Carolina 13
Coastal Carolina 27, South Alabama 21
N.C. State 34, North Carolina 30
(Saturday)
Wake Forest 41, Boston College 10
Miami, Fla. 47, Duke 10
Old Dominion 56, Charlotte 34
Appalachian State 27, Georgia Southern 3
FCS playoffs – Kennesaw State 48, Davidson 21
Clemson 30, South Carolina 0

Here’s this weekends’s Carolinas Division II result:

(Saturday)
Bowie State 13, Newberry 10

 

 

 

High school football

Here are Friday’s full NCHSAA regional semifinal results:

1A
(East)
#1 Tarboro (12-1) 27, #4 Northampton County (10-3) 3
#6 Pender (9-3) 34, #2 Northside-Pinetown (11-2) 28
(West)
#4 Robbinsville (10-3) 28, #9 Murphy (9-5) 14
#3 Mitchell (12-2) 21, #2 Mount Airy (13-1) 14

2A
(East)
#1 Princeton (13-0) 45, #5 St. Pauls (11-1) 28
#10 Wallace-Rose Hill (12-2) 57, #3 Northeastern (12-1) 22
(West)
#1 Shelby (13-1) 31, #4 Reidsville (12-1) 14
#2 East Surry (13-0) 36, #3 Maiden (13-1) 35

3A
(East)
#13 Jacksonville (11-2) 27, #1 Eastern Alamance (10-2) 21 (OT)
#6 J.H. Rose (10-4) 49, #23 Scotland County (8-5) 28
(West)
#16 South Point (11-3) 34, #4 Crest (10-3) 27 (OT)
#3 Dudley (13-1) 20, #2 Statesville (12-1) 6

4A
(East)
#20 Rolesville (9-5) 47, #16 Leesville Road (10-3) 24
#6 Cardinal Gibbons (12-2) 42, #18 Panther Creek (10-4) 14
(West)
#1 Hough (14-0) 26, #13 East Forsyth (11-2) 14
#10 Julius Chambers (13-1) 45, #3 Weddington (12-2) 14

Here are next Friday’s full NCHSAA regional finals pairings:

1A
(East)
#1 Tarboro (12-1) vs. #6 Pender (9-3)
(West)
#3 Mitchell (12-2) vs. #4 Robbinsville (10-3)

2A
(East)
#1 Princeton (13-0) vs. #10 Wallace-Rose Hill (12-2)
(West)
#1 Shelby (13-1) vs. #2 East Surry (13-0)

3A
(East)
#6 J.H. Rose (10-4) vs. #13 Jacksonville (11-2)
(West)
#3 Dudley (13-1) vs. #16 South Point (11-3)

4A
(East)
#6 Cardinal Gibbons (12-2) vs. #20 Rolesville (9-5)
(West)
#1 Hough (14-0) vs. #10 Julius Chambers (13-1)

 

 

 

 

 

Pro basketball

The Charlotte Hornets saw their hot streak cooled a bit on Saturday by an unlikely opponent.

The Houston Rockets edged Charlotte 146-143 in overtime to pick up their third win of the season and improve to 3-16 with their second straight victory.

Charlotte (13-9) had won eight of its last nine.

But the Hornets had slow starts to each half before battling back each time to force the extra period.

Terry Rozier had 31 points, Kelly Oubre 23, Miles Bridges 22 and Gordon Hayward 21 on a night LaMelo Ball had a triple double (19 points, 11 rebounds, 13 assists). Former Hornets player Christian Wood (33 points, 16 rebounds) led the Rockets.

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 (W 133-115)
Sat. 27 at Houston (L 143-146, OT)
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 basketball

Gardner-Webb 87, Western Carolina 59: The Bulldogs improved to 3-3 overall with a third straight win with a 28-point win over their visiting Southern Conference rivals. Gardner-Webb outscored the Catamounts by 14 points in each half and were led De’Maurian Williams (25 points), Jordan Sears (17 points), Kareem Reid (10 points, 8 rebounds), Julien Soumaoro (10 points) and Zion Williams (9 points, 10 rebounds).

Lander 95, Belmont Abbey women 68: Jo Snow’s season-high 19 points wasn’t enough for the Abbey (3-2) in a non-conference home loss.

 

 

 

Pro football

As Cam Newton prepares for his second start at quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, it’s interesting to see how the 11-year veteran is navigating his new old team’s playbook.

“I’m done talking about what it’s been like, and I’m all about what talking about what it’s going to be. Or what I’m doing moving forward,” Newton said in his weekly media availability session on Friday. “We’re here, we have an issue in front of us right now, and that’s the Miami Dolphins, and we’re going to need all hands on deck moving forward.”

After coming off the bench to spark Carolina to a 34-10 win at Arizona in his first game for the Panthers, last week the Panthers lost 27-21 to visiting Washington despite holding leads of 7-0 and 14-7.

“It’s just a constant reminder each and every day to get better,” Newton said. “Coach spoke beautifully today about competitive stamina, and holding yourself to a standard each and every day, not just when it’s going good, not just when it’s going bad every single day. So that’s been my mentality with pretty much everything.”

The good news this week is that Newton faced Sunday’s opponent twice last year as New England Patriots’ quarterback; The Patriots and Dolphins split their two meetings last season.

“We just have to be prepared,” Newton said. “Every guy has to have the wifi password on offense, and just be connected so to speak, to really understanding what the job is, and executing to the best of their abilities.”

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