9-3-21 roundup: High school football, girls tennis, boys soccer and volleyball, Pro football and baseball, College football, Middle school football and softball

By Richard Walker

The Charlotte 49ers set history Friday night.

Prince Bemah (25) was one of the Charlotte 49ers’ defensive leaders in a 31-28 win over Duke Friday night.

The 49ers scored late and survived a Duke rally for a 31-28 victory in front of 14,125 fans at Richardson Stadium.

It marks Charlotte’s first win over an ACC school in the 49ers first home game against an ACC opponent.

In a game with six lead changes – and four in the fourth quarter – the winning score came on a 11-yard pass from Chris Reynolds to Shadrick Byrd with 33 seconds left to play.

Duke reached midfield on its final possession before Charlotte snuffed out the Blue Devils’ last chance.

Reynolds, a senior quarterback, directed the his third fourth-quarter comeback rally and finished with 19 completions in 30 attempts for 324 yards and three touchdowns.

Former Huss standout Prince Bemah was one of the 49ers’ defensive leaders with eight tackles, including two for losses.

Here are the Carolinas NCAA Division I football results and games for this weekend:

Coastal Carolina 52, The Citadel 14
Appalachian State 33, East Carolina 19
N.C. State 45, South Florida 0

Charlotte 31, Duke 28
Virginia Tech 17, North Carolina 10: Former Shelby standout Dax Hollifield had four tackles, including a half sack, and one pass interception as the Hokies upset No. 10-ranked North Carolina.
Wake Forest 42, Old Dominion 10: Former Clover standout Nick Sciba booted six extra points as the Deacons rolled in their season-opener.

Davidson at VMI, 1:30 p.m.
North Carolina A&T at Furman, 2 p.m.
Wofford at Elon, 2 p.m.
Campbell at Liberty, 6 p.m.
Eastern Kentucky at Western Carolina, 6 p.m.
Gardner-Webb at Georgia Southern, 6 p.m.
Eastern Illinois at South Carolina, 7 p.m.
South Carolina State at Alabama A&M, 7 p.m.
Clemson vs. Georgia in Charlotte, 7:30 p.m.

Here are the Carolinas Division II football results and games for this weekend:

Wingate 30, Shaw 7
Chowan 30, Mars Hill 24 (OT)

Erskine at Catawba, 1 p.m.
Tusculum at St. Augustine’s, 1 p.m.
Clark-Atlanta at Livingstone, 1:30 p.m.
Newberry at Barton, 2 p.m.
Fayetteville State at Elizabeth City State, 4 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne at Virginia State, 6 p.m.
Limestone at North Greenville, 7 p.m.
UNC-Pembroke at Winston-Salem State, cancelled



High school football

Cramer, East Lincoln and Kings Mountain came out on top in rivalry matchups in Friday’s week 3 action.

Cramer knocked off visiting East Gaston 28-21. It marked the fifth straight win for the Storm over the Warriors.

East Lincoln held off Lincolnton 14-8 to win for the 10th time in the last 11 meetings with one of its biggest rivals.

And Kings Mountain rallied past Burns 19-14 as Robert Kendrick, A.J. Richardson and De’Andre Hoyle scored touchdowns for the Mountaineers.

Here’s a look at the other results in the Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties:

Forestview 13, Freedom 7: After two hard-luck losses to open the season, Forestview went on the road and came away with its first win of the season.

Chase 36, North Gaston 26: The visiting Wildcats dropped to 0-3 in a game in which they scored on a punt return and a kickoff return.

North Lincoln 54, Northwest Cabarrus 40: The Knights improved to 2-1 with the high-scoring home victory.

Hickory Ridge 27, South Point 7: Jackson Blee scored on a touchdown pass from David Howard and Tyson Riley rushed for 165 yards but it wasn’t enough for South Point at Hickory Ridge.

Winston-Salem Carver at Highland Tech: no report.

Also, Cherryville has scheduled a game to replace Friday’s Blacksburg, S.C., home contest that was cancelled. The Ironmen will host Patton on Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m.




High school girls tennis

Burns 5, West Lincoln 4 (Thursday): Burns winners were Mackenzie Pendleton, Haley Moses, Kim Moses and Zoe McCoy in singles and Maura Pendlelton-Chloe McCoy in doubles. West Lincoln winners were Etta Godfrey and Chloe Norman in singles and Godfrey-Megan Cody and Katelyn Ballenger-Addison Sain in doubles.



High school boys soccer

Garinger 4, Ashbrook 0



High school volleyball

Gaston Day 3, Statesville Christian 0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-5): The Spartans improved to 10-4 overall with the win and on Tuesday Gaston Day plays at defending SCISA 2A champion Spartanburg Christian Academy.




Middle school football

Standings with division record listed first followed by overall record:

(Division I)
Cramerton 0-0, 2-0
Grier 0-0, 2-0
Holbrook 0-0, 2-0
Southwest 0-0, 2-0
Mount Holly 0-0, 0-1-1
(Division II)
W.C. Friday 0-0, 1-1
Chavis 0-0, 0-1
Stanley 0-0, 0-1
York Chester 0-0, 0-1-1
Belmont 0-0, 0-2
Bessemer City 0-0, 0-2

Sept. 8 games
Grier at Cramerton
Mount Holly at Southwest
Stanley at Belmont
York Chester at Bessemer City
W.C. Friday at Chavis

The Tri-County Conference begins its season on Sept. 8. Here is that league’s week one schedule:
East Rutherford at Lincolnton
R-S Central at West Lincoln
East Lincoln at Chase
Kings Mountain at Shelby
Burns at Crest
Thomas Jefferson at North Lincoln



Middle school softball

Mount Holly 16, Bessemer City 1 (Thursday)

Standings through Sept. 2:

Cramerton 3-0
Belmont 2-0
Chavis 2-0
Mount Holly 2-1
Holbrook 1-1
W.C. Friday 1-1
Stanley 1-1
Grier 0-2
Bessemer City 0-3
Southwest 0-3

Sept. 7 games
Belmont at Holbrook
Bessemer City at Grier
Chavis at W.C. Friday
Stanley at Southwest



Pro football

Here is the Panthers’ 2021 regular season schedule:

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







Pro baseball

The Gastonia Honey Hunters lost their fifth straight game in the first game of a four-game homestand against Lexington on Friday. Gastonia lost 15-6 to fall to 40-45 on the season.