Local roundup: Belmont Abbey season-opener postponed again, North Carolina falls to No. 2 team, S.C. 5A and 4A state finals set

By Richard Walker

A look at the local sports roundup for Friday, November 27:

Men’s college basketball
Belmont Abbey’s basketball season-opener has again been postponed, this time due to COVID testing within the Crusaders’ program, according to a Charlotte 49ers news release.
Belmont Abbey has previously been scheduled to open the season on Wednesday at home against Queens before that game was postponed.
And Saturday’s 3 p.m. game against East Carolina in the 49ers Tip-Off Classic at Halton Arena has now been canceled.
The Crusaders are slated to play at the Charlotte 49ers on Monday at 6 p.m.

Charlotte 49ers opened their 2020-21 season on Friday afternoon at home against East Carolina. [Charlotte49ers.com photo]
East Carolina 66, Charlotte 57: Three 49ers scored in double figures but it wasn’t enough as Charlotte lost its season-opener in the 49ers Tip-Off Classic.
Jordan Shepherd (15 points, five rebounds), Jhery Matos (14 points, six rebounds) and Jahmir Young (10 points, five rebounds) led the 49ers.

College football
Notre Dame 31, North Carolina 17: The No. 2 Irish (9-0, 8-0) virtually wrapped up a berth in the Dec. 19 ACC championship game in Charlotte and continued North Carolina’s struggles against highly-ranked teams.
The No. 25 Tar Heels (6-3, 6-3) are now 0-28 all-time against teams ranked in the top 3, including 0-10 when they are ranked.
Chazz Surratt (East Lincoln 2016) had seven tackles, including one quarterback sack, and British Brooks (Ashbrook 2018) had one tackle for North Carolina.

High school football
T.L. Hanna 28, Northwestern 24: Northwestern’s season ended with a 7-1 record after the home loss in the S.C. High School League 5A Upper State title game. Hanna advances to face Dutch Fork in next week’s state championship game; Dutch Fork, coached by Tom Knotts, beat Sumter 24-0 in the Lower State title game.

A.C. Flora 42, Catawba Ridge 21: The second-year Copperheads finished 7-2 after losing at A.C. Flora in the SCHSL 4A Upper State title game. Flora will meet North Myrtle Beach in next week’s state championship game; North Myrtle Beach beat Myrtle Beach 37-10 in the Lower State title game.