8-15-21 roundup: Pro football, basketball and baseball, High school football, Legion baseball, College athletics

By Richard Walker

The Indianapolis Colts scored 11 points in the final 7:43 on Sunday afternoon to ruin the Carolina Panthers preseason opener.

The Colts, who got six of those points on a 1-yard touchdown run by former Charlotte 49ers running back Benny LeMay, won the contest on Eddy Pinero’s 30-yard field with seven seconds left in the game.

Carolina (0-1) concludes its three-game preseason schedule with two home games – Saturday at 7 p.m. against Baltimore and Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m. against Pittsburgh.

The Panthers got four field goals from kicker Joey Slye (29, 28, 41 and 32 yards) and a 7-yard touchdown pass from P.J. Walker to Tommy Tremble.

Indianapolis outgained Carolina 427 to 313 and committed three turnovers to the Panthers’ one.

Statistical leaders for Carolina, who sat starters like quarterback Sam Darnold, running back Christian McCaffrey and wide receivers D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson among others, were quarterbacks Walker (10 of 21 for 161 yards and one touchdown) and Will Grier (six for 10 for 31 yards), running back Chuba Hubbard (seven carries for 80 yards) and wide receiver Terrace Marshall (three catches for 88 yards).

A 2016 Butler High graduate who rushed for 3,232 yards in four seasons for the Charlotte 49ers, LeMay picked up 26 yards and one touchdown on six carries for the Colts. LeMay signed with Indianapolis after going to training camp with the Cleveland Browns in 2020.

Here is the Carolina Panthers’ full 2021 schedule:


Aug. 15 at Indianapolis (Lost 18-21)
Aug. 21 Baltimore, 7 p.m.
Aug. 27 Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.

(Regular season)

Sept. 12 New York Jets, 1 p.m.
Sept. 19 New Orleans, 1 p.m.
Sept. 23 at Houston, 8:20 p.m.
Oct. 3 at Dallas, 1 p.m.
Oct. 10 Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
Oct. 17 Minnesota, 1 p.m.
Oct. 24 at New York Giants, 1 p.m.
Oct. 31 at Atlanta, 1 p.m.
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 football

Here is Friday’s slate for teams from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties:

Bessemer City at Community School of Davidson
Burns at Forestview
Cherryville at Avery County
Cramer at Bunker Hill
Concord at Ashbrook
East Gaston at North Gaston
East Lincoln at Hibriten
Freedom at Crest
Huss at Hickory Ridge
Lincolnton at South Point
Mountain Island Charter at Anson County
North Lincoln at West Lincoln
Shelby at Kings Mountain



Pro basketball

The Charlotte Hornets close their Las Vegas Summer League games on Monday against the Chicago Bulls.

Here is Charlotte’s full summer league schedule:

Aug. 8: Portland (Lost 86-93)
Aug. 9: Sacramento (Lost 70-80)
Aug. 12: San Antonio (Lost 105-106)
Aug. 14: Toronto (Lost 79-80)
Aug. 16: Chicago, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)





Legion baseball

Here is the full schedule of games for the 2021 American Legion World Series that began last Thursday:

Pool play 4-team divisions (with records)
Stars – Central Plains (Fargo, N.D. 0-3), Mid-Atlantic (Ridge St. Mary’s, Md. 2-1), Southeast (Tupelo, Miss. 2-1), Western (Honolulu Team Central, Hi. 2-1)
Stripes – Great Lakes (Midland Berryhill, Mich. 1-2), Mid-South (Dubuque County, Ia. 2-1), Northeast (Beverly, Mass. 1-1), Northwest (Idaho Falls, Id. 1-1)

Thursday Aug. 12
Central Plains vs. Western, 10 a.m. – Honolulu 7, Fargo 1
Mid-South vs. Northeast, 1 p.m. – Beverly 8, Dubuque County 4
Great Lakes vs. Northwest, 4 p.m. – Idaho Falls 3, Midland 2
Southeast vs. Mid-Atlantic, 7:30 p.m. – Ridge 6, Tupelo 1

Friday, Aug. 13
Central Plains vs. Southeast, 4 p.m. – Tupelo 11, Fargo 1 (6 innings)
Mid-Atlantic vs. Western, 7 p.m. – Honolulu 5, Ridge 2
Idle – Great Lakes, Mid-South, Northeast, Northwest

Saturday, Aug. 14
Mid-South vs. Northwest, 1 p.m. – Dubuque County 10, Idaho Falls 2
Great Lakes vs. Northeast, 4 p.m. – Midland 6, Beverly 3
Southeast vs. Western, 7:30 p.m. – Tupelo 4, Honolulu 0
Idle – Central Plains, Mid-Atlantic

Sunday, Aug. 15
Mid-South vs. Great Lakes, 1 p.m. – Dubuque County 3, Midland 2
Mid-Atlantic vs. Central Plains, 4 p.m. – Ridge 8, Fargo 3
Northeast vs. Northwest, 7:30 p.m. – suspended to 10 a.m. Monday with Beverly leading Idaho Falls in bottom 1st
Idle – Southeast, Western

Monday, Aug. 16 – semifinals
Northeast vs. Northwest, 10 a.m. – Beverly vs. Idaho Falls in bottom 1st
Stars No. 1 (Tupelo) vs. Stripes No. 2 (Dubuque County, Beverly or Idaho Falls), 1 p.m.
Stripes No. 1 (Dubuque County, Beverly or Idaho Falls) vs. Stars No. 2 (Honolulu), 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 17
6:30 p.m.











Pro baseball

The Gastonia Honey Hunters swept York 5-2 and 7-2 in a Sunday doubleheader.

Gastonia (34-35) is off on Monday and hosts West Virginia on Tuesday at 6:50 p.m.




College athletics

Gaston College will return to athletic competition this fall for the first time since 1975.

The school is holding a Block Party from 3-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 19 to unveil the school’s new nickname, logo and colors.

Gaston College was nicknamed the Rebels from 1965 to 1969 and the Warriors from 1969 to 1972 before the school ceased its athletic programs after the 1974-75 school year.

With its restart this fall, it will again compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Region 10 and field teams in baseball, beach volleyball, esports, men’s basketball, softball and women’s cross country.