9-17-21 roundup: High school football and boys soccer, Middle school football and softball, College football, cross country and rugby, Pro football, golf and baseball

By Richard Walker

West Lincoln High School is off to its third 4-0 football start in the last four seasons after Mason Avery’s 10-yard touchdown run in overtime lifted the Rebels to a 20-17 win over Bandys in a Catawba Valley 2A Conference opener.

West Lincoln hosts preseason league favorite Maiden next week.

Here are other scores from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties:

Thomas Jefferson 42, Bessemer City 0: Host Thomas Jefferson improved to 3-0 in the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference opener for both teams.

Bunker Hill 20, Lincolnton 6: Visiting Bunker Hill took its first win over Lincolnton since 1975 in the Catawba Valley 2A Conference opener.

East Gaston 35, Cherokee 26: East Gaston improved to 2-2 with the non-conference win over visiting Cherokee.

Shelby 63, Cherryville 21: Daylin Lee threw six touchdown passes for the Golden Lions as they won their Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference opener over visiting Cherryville.

South Point 28, Cramer 21: South Point improved to 8-0 all-time over visiting Cramer as Tyson Riley scored three touchdowns and the Red Raiders rallied from a 21-7 second quarter deficit to win the Big South 3A Conference opener.

Crest 44, Ashbrook 27: Mari Adams, Nytavious Huskey and Eli Hall led Crest to its second straight Big South 3A Conference win at Ashbrook.

Hickory 22, East Lincoln 21: Visiting East Lincoln dropped its first game of the year in its Western Foothills 3A Conference opener at Hickory.

Forestview 43, North Gaston 20: Camury Reid scored three touchdowns as the Jaguars won their Big South 3A Conference opener at North Gaston.

Burns 72, Highland Tech 0: Ryan Thompson and Jeremiah Norris scored three touchdowns apiece as Burns overwhelmed visiting Highland Tech in a Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference opener.

Kings Mountain 45, Huss 6: The Mountaineers routed visiting Huss in the Big South 3A opener for both teams as A.J. Richardson, Thomas Feemster, Zay Smith, Deandre Hoyle, Robert Kendrick and Jake Lloyd scored touchdowns.

Statesville 14, North Lincoln 5: The visiting Knights dropped the Western Foothills 3A Conference opener at preseason favorite Statesville.

Pine Lake Prep at Mountain Island Charter: Postponed to Oct. 5

Here are other games involving teams in the area:

Clover, S.C. at Spartanburg, S.C., canceled
Hendersonville 49, R-S Central 42
North Iredell 34, Foard 0
St. Stephens 21, West Iredell 0
Maiden at East Burke, ppd. no date
Newton-Conover 37, West Caldwell 6
Chambers 64, West Meck 6
Hough 53, North Meck 14
Mallard Creek 29, West Charlotte 14
Myers Park 52, Berry Academy 3
Olympic 35, Harding 0
Porter Ridge 25, Kell 14
South Meck 17, Catawba Ridge, S.C. 3
Butler 70, Garinger 0
Charlotte Catholic 21, Providence 14
Rocky River 48, East Meck 0




Shrine Bowl

For the second straight year, the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas will be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The decision to cancel the game was made after a unanimous vote by the Shrine Bowl Board of Governors on Thursday in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The annual game that pits top high school players from North Carolina against top high school players from South Carolina was held at Charlotte’s Memorial Stadium from 1937 to 2000, at District 3 Stadium in Rock Hill, S.C., from 2001 to 2003 and at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C., from 2004 to 2019.

“With the pandemic continuing to evolve, the current circumstances, and the monumental efforts required in safely preparing for Shrine Bowl Week in Spartanburg, and playing the game, are those that the Board feels we cannot achieve in the best interest of everyone at this time,” Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas chairman Ronnie Blount said in a news release. “In short, if we are not able to produce a great quality game as we have done for 83 years and provide the best game environment possible for our sponsors, players, coaches, staff, medical personnel and patrons, then we should not play the game this year.”

Blount said Shrine Bowl officials consulted with the N.C. High School Athletic Association and the S.C. High School League before making their decision.

Since the game won’t be played, Shrine Bowl coaches will select and honor 44 players from each state next month for the second straight year.

“This will give our graduating seniors an opportunity to have been selected to play in the Shrine Bowl, and, as a Shrine Bowl selectee, add this honor to their list of achievements for their high school career,” Blount said.

The 2022 game is scheduled for Dec. 17, 2022, in Spartanburg.






High school boys soccer

Here are the standings through Sept. 16 unless noted-x with conference record listed first followed by overall record:

Cramer 2-0, 8-2
Forestview 2-0, 5-2-1
Huss 1-1, 4-1
South Point 1-1, 5-4
Ashbrook 1-1, 2-2
Kings Mountain 1-1, 2-4
North Gaston 0-2, 2-4-1
Crest 0-2, 0-6

Shelby 2-0, 7-1
Highland Tech 2-0, 4-1
Burns 2-1, 5-1-1
Thomas Jefferson 1-1, 1-3
East Gaston 1-2, 2-8
Cherryville 0-2, 1-3-1
Bessemer City 0-2, 2-7

East Lincoln 2-0, 4-3
Lincoln Charter 0-0, 4-3-1
Lincolnton 2-0, 4-0-1
Mtn Island Charter 0-0, 3-3
x-North Lincoln 0-1, 4-4
West Lincoln 0-2, 2-7

This week’s schedule:

Bandys 8, West Lincoln 0
Cramer 4, South Point 1
Ashbrook 9, Crest 0
East Lincoln 4, North Lincoln 1
Forestview 2, North Gaston 0
Huss 3, Kings Mountain 0
Hibriten 7, Lincoln Charter 0
Lincolnton 2, Bunker Hill 0
Forest Hills 3, Mountain Island Charter 1

Bessemer City at Shelby, ppd., Sept. 27
East Gaston 5, Cherryville 1
Thomas Jefferson 1, Burns 0

Forestview 2, Ashbrook 0
Cramer 9, Crest 0
Forest Hills 4, Lincoln Charter 1
East Lincoln 4, Hickory 1
Monroe Victory FC 2, Mountain Island Charter 0
Lincolnton 4, Newton-Conover 1
Kings Mountain 2, North Gaston 1
South Point 2, Huss 0
Statesville at North Lincoln, no report
Maiden 3, West Lincoln 2

Highland Tech 8, Bessemer City 0
Burns 2, East Gaston 1
Shelby 4, Thomas Jefferson 0





College football

Here’s the Carolinas Division I football schedule this week:
Coastal Carolina at Buffalo, 11 a.m.
Elon at Appalachian State, 2:30 p.m.
Samford at Western Carolina, 2:30 p.m.
Georgia Tech at Clemson, 3:30 p.m.
Florida State at Wake Forest, 3:30 p.m.
Northwestern at Duke, 4 p.m.
Charlotte at Georgia State, 6 p.m.
East Carolina at Marshall, 6 p.m.
Kennesaw State at Wofford, 6 p.m.
Lincoln, Pa. at Gardner-Webb, 6 p.m.
Monmouth at Charleston Southern, 6 p.m.
North Greenville at The Citadel, 6 p.m.
Presbyterian at Campbell, 6 p.m.
Winston-Salem State at N.C. Central, 6 p.m.
South Carolina at Georgia, 7 p.m.
Virginia at North Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
Furman at N.C. State, 7:30 p.m.
South Carolina State at New Mexico State, 8 p.m.

Here’s the Carolinas Division II football schedule this week:
Barton at Catawba, 1 p.m.
Central State at Shaw, 1 p.m.
Erskine at Chowan, 1 p.m.
Virginia Wise at Mars Hill, 1 p.m.
Wingate at Carson-Newman, 1 p.m.
Limestone at Tusculum, 3 p.m.
Livingstone at Allen University, 5 p.m.
Bluefield State at J.C. Smith, 6 p.m.
Glenville State at UNC-Pembroke, 6 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne at Newberry, 6 p.m.
Virginia Lynchburg at Virginia Union, 6 p.m.
Elizabeth City State at Norfolk State, 7 p.m.



College rugby

Belmont Abbey 10, UNC Charlotte 7: Eric Morgan converted a kick on the final play of the game as the 21st-ranked Crusaders won at Martha Rivers Park in Gastonia. Belmont Abbey’s next game is at Lander on Oct. 9.



College women’s cross country

Gaston College’s women’s cross country team got strong finishes from Victoria Perez (23:28.79), Sarena Jane Bailey (24:12.89), Rein Norton-Small (26:32.80) and Maghan Hunt (29:56.39) in Friday’s Fire-Tower Project at Appalachian State. It was Gaston College’s second meet of the season.



Pro football

Here is the Carolina Panthers’ 2021 regular season schedule:

Sept. 12 New York Jets (W 19-14)
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


Pro golf

Harold Varner III is off to a fast start to the 2021-22 PGA season with a pair of 68s in the Fortinet Championship in Napa, Cal. Varner, a 2008 Forestview High graduate, is tied for seventh after the second round of play.


Pro baseball

The Gastonia Honey Hunters lost their sixth straight game, 13-7 at home against High Point, to fall to 44-55 in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

Gastonia continues its homestand on Saturday at 6:50 p.m. against High Point.