Saturday’s roundup: High school football, college football, basketball and baseball
By Richard Walker
A fourth-quarter touchdown by Carmelo Bess proved decision for Ashbrook in a 9-7 win over Forestview Saturday afternoon at Stuart Cramer High School.
The victory was head coach Darius James’ first win and evens the Green Wave record at 1-1 entering Friday’s game at Crest.
It also improved Ashbrook’s all-time series lead against Forestview to 14-6.
Vance 71, Hopewell 0
Gardner-Webb 31, Presbyterian 24 (OT): Narii Gaither scored the go-ahead touchdown on a six-yard pass from Carlton Aiken in the second overtime and A.J. Thomas picked off a batted ball at the one to end a 31-24 win for Gardner-Webb on a wild and wacky Saturday afternoon.
Gardner-Webb improved to 2-0 against Division I competition for the first time since 2006 and rolled up 517 yards of total offense, including 221 rushing yards. The Runnin’ Bulldogs also held Presbyterian (0-1) to 31 yards rushing on 32 attempts, had six sacks and picked off two passes.
“Hats off to Presbyterian College,” Gardner-Webb coach Tre Lamb said in a school news release. “Coach Spangler does a really good job and they really fought hard today. A win is a win. We battled and came back to win. A sign of a good team is winning a game when you may not play well. You look at the stats, moving the ball was not the problem. We turned it over in critical situations, got a field goal blocked. Not the kind of mistakes a championship program can make. We have a lot to clean up, but I’d rather clean it up with a 2-0 record. It tells me a lot about this team – they’re able to win a game when things don’t go their way. Really proud of our team’s resilience. Both teams’ played their tails off.”
A batted pass turned into touchdown nearly cost Gardner-Webb a victory.
Presbyterian trailed 21-17 with 1:17 to play. But a batted pass on fourth-and-nine ended up in the arms of the Blue Hose’s Delvecchio Powell, who raced into the end zone for what became a 24-21 Presbyterian lead after the extra point.
Aiken rallied the Bulldogs into overtime by completing four of six passes and scrambling to set up Kurt Everett’s tying 37-yard field goal with 1.9 seconds left in regulation.
In the first overtime, a Gardner-Webb pass interception ended Presbyterian’s drive before the Bulldogs missed a potential game-winning 24-yard field goal.
In the second overtime, Aiken hit Gaither for six-yard TD pass and the Bulldogs’ defense wrapped up the victory with another pass interception after the Blue Hose had drive to the G-W 8.
The Bulldogs are off next week before opening Big South Conference play at home on March 20 against No. 23 Monmouth, the league’s preseason favorite, in a 1 p.m. game.
College men’s basketball
Marshall 75, Charlotte 66: Four 49ers scored in double-figures, including Jared Garcia’s first career double-double, but Charlotte ended its regular season 9-15 overall and 5-11 in Conference USA. Charlotte next plays in the Conference USA tournament in Frisco, Tex.
College women’s basketball
Charlotte 83, Florida Atlantic 73: Charlotte coach Cara Consuegra matched the program’s all-time standard for victories and senior Octavia Jett-Wilson poured in a Halton Arena record 42 points as the 49ers closed the regular season at 10-9 overall and 9-5 in Conference USA. Consuegra, in her 10th year, pulled even with Ed Baldwin (1989-2001) as the school’s all-time winningest head coach with 175 victories.
Later, Charlotte found out it would be the No. 2 seed out of the East Division for the upcoming conference tournament in Frisco, Tex.
Conference Carolinas men’s tournament pairings and results:
#1 Emmanuel 93, #8 King 68
#4 North Greenville 93, #5 Lees-McRae 88
#6 Chowan 79, #3 Southern Wesleyan 75
#2 Belmont Abbey 63, #7 Mount Olive 61
#1 Emmanuel 89, #4 North Greenville 72
#2 Belmont Abbey 70, #6 Chowan 58
#2 Belmont Abbey at #1 Emmanuel, 4 p.m.
Conference Carolinas women’s tournament pairings and results:
#1 Belmont Abbey 82, #8 Lees-McRae 47
#4 King 81, #5 North Greenville 52
#6 Mount Olive 63, #3 Emmanuel 59
#2 Barton 82, #7 Chowan 58
#1 Belmont Abbey 68, #4 King 59
#2 Barton 66, #6 Mount Olive 64
#2 Barton at #1 Belmont Abbey, 2 p.m.
Big South men’s tournament pairings and results:
Feb. 27 first round
#7 Hampton 67, #10 Presbyterian 65
#8 High Point 65, #9 USC Upstate 60
#1 Winthrop 83, #8 High Point 54
#5 Longwood 77, #4 UNC Asheville 61
#2 Radford 67, #7 Hampton 52
#3 Campbell 63, #6 Gardner-Webb 57
#3 Campbell 78, #2 Radford 60
#1 Winthrop 82, #5 Longwood 61
#3 Campbell at #1 Winthrop, Noon (ESPN)
Big South women’s tournament pairings:
Note: Radford (9-9) withdrew due to COVID pause in program.
Saturday’s first round
#8 USC Upstate 72, #9 Charleston Southern 64
#8 USC Upstate at #1 High Point (17-3), 6 p.m.
#5 Presbyterian (10-8) at #4 Gardner-Webb (10-7), 7 p.m.
#7 Winthrop (5-15) at #2 Campbell (11-4), 6 p.m.
#6 UNC-Asheville (9-10) at #3 Longwood (12-6), 7 p.m.
March 11 semifinals
at higher seeded teams
March 14 championship
at highest remaining seed, 2 p.m.
Belmont Abbey 10-9, Southern Wesleyan 4-3: The Crusaders completed a 4-0 series sweep with 10-4 and 9-3 victories on Saturday. In the opener, Alex Sniffen pitched five innings for the win and Ben Ferguson (three hits) and Mason Dodd and Ben Gobbel (two hits apiece) led the offense. In the nightcap Griffin Baker went six innings for the win and Matt Bapst and Justin Moran had two hits apiece.