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South Stanly football hosts North Rowan in YVC showdown

Friday night’s home game for the South Stanly football team started well for the hosts, but turnovers and mistakes helped North Rowan rally for a 44-18 win.

South Stanly turned the ball over five times and managed 129 net yards of offense, with 40 yards lost on two bad snaps and four sacks of freshman quarterback Drew Gaddy.

North Rowan running back Zay Davis had a big night for the Cavaliers (2-0, 2-0) with 156 net yards on 17 carries, averaging 9.2 yards per carry, with three touchdowns. Quarterback Kyree Sims added two rushing scores and threw for two touchdowns as well.

Jaderian Smith led South Stanly (1-1, 1-1) on the ground with 64 net yards on eight carries with two rushing touchdowns. Gaddy added a touchdown pass to Malik Kluttz.

South Stanly’s aggressive tactics on fourth down in head coach Ryan Ochier’s time with the Bulls paid off early in Friday’s game. A penalty on a fake punt attempt put South at the Cavs’ 42-yard line on fourth and 2. Deciding to go for it, Smith took the handoff on a misdirection play and scampered 44 yards down the field for a touchdown and an early 6-0 lead.

North Rowan scored three touchdowns in a row to build an 18-6 lead in the second quarter, but South responded. The Bulls cut into the Cavaliers’ lead midway through the second, finishing a six-play, 47-yard drive with Kluttz hauling in a 12-yard touchdown pass from Gaddy. The Bulls again were within six points, 18-12.

A turnover and a bad punt snap in the final four minutes of the first half set up two more touchdowns for North Rowan as the Cavs led at halftime 32-12.

South Stanly kept the game within two possessions in the third quarter, stopping several drives including an interception of Kyree Sims by South’s Quavi Caraway. A seven-play, 51-yard drive, capped by Smith’s second touchdown run of the game, pulled the Bulls within 14 points, 32-18.

The Cavaliers immediately answered on the next drive, converting a fourth and 14 at the South 24 with Davis scoring one play later. North Rowan scored early in the fourth quarter and held the ball for nine of the final 12 minutes en route to the win.

South Stanly goes to North Moore Friday night. The Mustangs lost a non-conference game at North Stanly Friday night, 24-15.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio was the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press from 1999-2001 and has currently served in the same capacity since 2008. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also been honored twice by the North Carolina Press Association.

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