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9-18-21 roundup: Pro football, golf and baseball, College football, High school football, boys soccer and volleyball

By Richard Walker

The Carolina Panthers pursue a rare 2-0 start on Sunday when they host the New Orleans Saints at 1 p.m.

Winning again would put the team in a good historical position since six of the previous 2-0 starts have resulted in postseason appearances.

Carolina has started out 2-0 or better in 1996, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2014, 2015 and 2017. All but the 2002 season resulted in a trip to the playoffs. And all four of the franchise’s five seasons with a playoff victory started out at least 2-0.

The Panthers could benefit in simply NOT seeing Drew Brees as the Saints’ quarterback.

Brees went 18-11 against Carolina as a starting quarterback and had thrown 57 touchdowns with 22 interceptions before retiring after last season.

Brees’ replacement, Jameis Winston, has nine starts against the Panthers (all for Tampa Bay) and has a 4-5 record with nine touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

New Orleans enters Sunday’s game with a 28-25 series, a four-game winning streak against Carolina and eight wins in the last nine meetings.

The lone Panthers’ win came in a 33-14 victory in the 2018 regular season finale after the Saints have wrapped up their playoff seed and rested Brees. Kyle Allen was making his first NFL start in the game played in New Orleans.

Another storyline that will be no doubt be discussed after Sunday’s game is the level of interest second-year Carolina head coach Matt Rhule might have in the University of Southern California head football coach vacancy. ESPN announcers listed Rhule as a potential candidate during Saturday’s GameDay broadcast from State College, Pa.

Rhule signed a seven-year, $62.5 million contract with the Panthers on Jan. 7, 2020 that has incentives that could increase his overall salary to $70 million.

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. 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 golf

Harold Varner III is tied for ninth after three round of the Fortinet Championship in Napa, Cal., that is the opener of the 2021-22 PGA tour season. A 2008 Forestview High graduate, Varner has shot 68-68-70 in the first three rounds and is four shots off the lead.

 

 

 

College football

Gardner-Webb 56, Lincoln, Pa. 0: Gardner-WEbb rolled up its most points in a single game since 2009 in an impressive home-opening win on Saturday. Bailey Fisher passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more and former Crest High standout Jalin Graham had a team-high 87 yards rushing that included a 73-yard touchdown run for the Bulldogs (1-2).

Gardner-Webb finished the night with 551 yards of total offense, managed 28 first downs and averaged a healthy 7.5 yards per play despite deep substitutions in the second half.

Two local products were top tacklers on defense as former Ashbrook High standout Kendall Massey came off the bench to make six tackles and a tackle for loss and former South Point High standout Matt Robinson also had six tackles and a fumble recovery.

Gardner-Webb hosts Western Carolina next Saturday at 6 p.m. in its next game.

Georgia State 20, Charlotte 9: The first road trip of the 2021 season ended in a loss for the 49ers (2-1) in a defensive battle at Atlanta’s Center Parc Stadium.

“They made the plays they needed to make to win the game,” head coach Will Healy said in a school news release. “Missed an opportunity. Humbled, frustrated but not deterred. The response for what happened tonight is going to be the most important part.”

Charlotte had a 9-7 lead early in the second half after forcing a safety but the Panthers scored the final 13 points to come away with the victory.

Former Shelby High standout Calvin Camp had 53 yards rushing and former Huss standout Prince Bemah had four tackles, including one for a loss, for the 49ers, who Middle Tennessee on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. in Charlotte’s Conference USA opener.

Here’s the Carolinas Division I football schedule this week:
(Saturday)
Coastal Carolina 28, Buffalo 25
Appalachian State 44, Elon 10
Samford 42, Western Carolina 37
Clemson 14, Georgia Tech 8
Wake Forest 35, Florida State 14
Duke 30, Northwestern 23
Georgia State 20, Charlotte 9
East Carolina 42, Marshall 38
Kennesaw State 31, Wofford 10
Gardner-Webb 56, Lincoln, Pa. 0
Monmouth 41, Charleston Southern 14
The Citadel 45, North Greenville 13
Campbell 72, Presbyterian 0
N.C. Central 20, Winston-Salem State 13
Georgia 40, South Carolina 13
North Carolina 59, Virginia 39
N.C. State 45, Furman 7
New Mexico State 43, South Carolina State 35

Here’s the Carolinas Division II football schedule this week:
(Saturday)
Catawba 17, Barton 10
Shaw 52, Central State 0
Chowan 49, Erskine 19
Mars Hill 44, Virginia Wise 9
Wingate 25, Carson-Newman 3
Tusculum 24, Limestone 21
Allen 34, Livingstone 32
Bluefield State 20, J.C. Smith 12
UNC-Pembroke 36, Glenville State 22
Newberry 28, Lenoir-Rhyne 21
Norfolk State 63, Elizabeth City State 26

 

 

 

High school football

Friday’s scores from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties:

West Lincoln 20, Bandys 17 (OT)
Thomas Jefferson 42, Bessemer City 0
Bunker Hill 20, Lincolnton 6
East Gaston 35, Cherokee 26
Shelby 63, Cherryville 21
South Point 28, Cramer 21
Crest 44, Ashbrook 27
Hickory 22, East Lincoln 21
Forestview 43, North Gaston 20
Burns 72, Highland Tech 0
Kings Mountain 45, Huss 6
Statesville 14, North Lincoln 5
Pine Lake Prep at Mountain Island Charter, ppd., Oct. 5

Here are results of other games involving teams in the area:

Clover, S.C. at Spartanburg, S.C., ccd.
Hendersonville 49, R-S Central 42
North Iredell 34, Foard 0
St. Stephens 21, West Iredell 0
Maiden at East Burke, ppd. Sept. 28
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

Here are standings through Sept. 17 with conference record listed first followed by overall record:

BIG SOUTH 3A
Crest 2-0, 2-1
Kings Mountain 1-0, 3-1
South Point 1-0, 3-1
Forestview 1-0, 2-2
Cramer 0-1, 2-2
Ashbrook 0-1, 0-2
Huss 0-1, 0-2
North Gaston 0-2, 0-5

WESTERN FOOTHILLS 3A
Statesville 1-0, 3-0
Hickory 1-0, 2-2
North Iredell 1-0, 1-2
St. Stephens 1-0, 1-2
East Lincoln 0-1, 3-1
North Lincoln 0-1, 2-2
West Iredell 0-1, 0-2
Foard 0-1, 0-3

CATAWBA VALLEY 2A
Bunker Hill 1-0, 4-0
West Lincoln 1-0, 4-0
Newton-Conover 1-0, 1-2
Maiden 0-0, 3-0
East Burke 0-0, 1-1
Bandys 0-1, 2-1
West Caldwell 0-1, 0-3
Lincolnton 0-1, 0-4

SOUTHERN PIEDMONT 1A/2A
Thomas Jefferson 1-0, 3-0
Shelby 1-0, 3-1
Burns 1-0, 3-2
East Gaston 0-0, 2-2
Cherryville 0-1, 1-3
Bessemer City 0-1, 1-4
Highland Tech 0-1, 0-4

SOUTH MECK 4A
Olympic 1-0, 4-0
Myers Park 1-0, 3-2
Kell 0-0, 3-1
South Meck 0-0, 4-1
Harding 0-1, 2-3
Berry Academy 0-1, 1-2

SOUTHWESTERN 4A
Catholic 1-0, 3-1
Butler 1-0, 2-2
Rocky River 1-0, 2-3
Independence 0-0, 1-2
Providence 0-1, 1-3
Garinger 0-1, 0-4
East Meck 0-1, 0-5

QUEEN CITY 3A/4A
Chambers 1-0, 5-0
Hough 1-0, 4-0
Mallard Creek 1-0, 2-1
Hopewell 0-0, 1-3
West Charlotte 0-1, 3-1
West Meck 0-1, 3-2
North Meck 0-1, 2-2

OTHERS
Chase 0-0, 4-0
Clover 0-0, 1-2
Mtn Island Charter 0-0, 3-0
R-S Central 0-1, 0-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

High school boys soccer

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

BIG SOUTH 3A
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

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

OTHERS
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
North Lincoln 0-1, 4-4
Piedmont CC 2-0, 4-1
West Lincoln 0-2, 2-7

This week’s schedule:

(Monday)
Bandys at Lincolnton
East Lincoln at Statesville
East Rutherford at Shelby
Forestview at Kings Mountain
Highland Tech at East Gaston
Huss at Cramer
Langtree Charter at Lincoln Charter
North Gaston at Ashbrook
North Lincoln at Hickory
Pine Lake Prep at Mountain Island Charter
South Point at Crest
West Lincoln at Bunker Hill

(Tuesday)
Burns at Shelby
Cabarrus Charter at Piedmont CC
Cherryville at Thomas Jefferson
Kings Mountain at Alexander Central

(Wednesday)
Ashbrook at Cramer
Crest at North Gaston
Huss at Forestview
Kings Mountain at South Point
Lincoln Charter at Christ the King
Lincolnton at West Caldwell
Mountain Island Charter at Community School of Davidson
West Iredell at East Lincoln
West Lincoln at Newton-Conover

(Thursday)
Cherryville at Burns
East Gaston at Bessemer City
Piedmont CC at Carolina International
Thomas Jefferson at Highland Tech

 

 

 

High school volleyball

(Midseason Classic at West Lincoln)
Hibriten 3, Cherryville 1: Rileigh Kiser (21 assists, 15 digs, 4 kills, 3 blocks) and Terayha Bess (10 kills) led Cherryville.

Chase 3, Cherryville 2: Kiser (5 aces, 37 assists, 10 digs), Addie Eaker (12 kills), Bess (17 kills), Katie Eaker (7 kills) and Skye Reed (7 kills) led Cherryville.

West Lincoln 3, Cherryville 1: Kiser (24 assists, 11 digs), Taylor Digh (11 digs) and Bess (10 kills) led Cherryville, who now has a 5-11 record this season.

 

 

 

 

 

Pro baseball

The Gastonia Honey Hunters snapped their six-game losing streak with a 9-4 home win over the High Point Rockers.

Gastonia (45-55) concludes its six-game homestand at home against High Point on Sunday at 4:50 p.m.