TROUTMAN -- South Iredell locked up a piece of the North Piedmont Conference championship Wednesday, cruising to a 54-6 victory over North Iredell in the teams' regular-season finale.

Now the Vikings (6-5, 4-1) wait to see who they'll share it with. It will be the winner of Friday's game between Statesville and East Rowan.

The Vikings have a preference on the outcome. For obvious reasons. They beat Statesville and hold the tiebreaker for seeding purposes for the upcoming state playoffs. East Rowan holds the tiebreaker over them because the Mustangs handed them their only conference loss.

"For two and a half hours, for one time this season, we're going to be the biggest Greyhound fans," South Iredell coach Scott Miller said.

The Vikings took care of their end of the bargain Wednesday in a game that was moved up to dodge the forecasted rain Friday.


Blake Thompson's interception and return to the Raiders' 16-yard line midway through the first quarter set up a historic touchdown for the South Iredell football program.

Four plays later Shelby Bassinger entered the game as part of the Vikings' powerhouse backfield. The 5-foot-7, 140-pound senior took the direct snap and surged across the goal line for a score, extending the South Iredell lead to 20-0.

She was also one of five different Vikings kickers to boot an extra-point.

High school touchdowns by female players are extremely rare not just in the state of North Carolina but across the nation.

"We practiced that (Tuesday), and I told her if the right situation came up we'd give her the chance," Miller said. "The ideal situation came up to run it on Senior Night. She's not gotten that many chances to kick this season, but she's kept a great attitude. She loves this team, and she loves this game."


The Vikings started all five of their first-quarter possessions in North Iredell territory, including three inside the red zone. They scored touchdowns on them all.

It was 34-0 with 1 minute, 24 seconds left in the opening period after quarterback Holland Dowdy scrambled for a 25-yard touchdown.

"Our defense did such a great job there," Miller said. "We had some short fields and were able to jump on them real quick."


Dowdy and Thompson were named the N.C. Farm Bureau Offensive and Defensive Players of the Game.

In addition to Dowdy's TD run, the senior completed 9 of 12 passes for 161 yards. His four TD tosses, going to three different players, covered 19, 12, 42 and 35 yards.

Thompson was in the right place on more than one occasion when the Raiders tried to throw the ball.


Alterek Adams led the Vikings' rushing attack with 64 yards on seven carries, including a 12-yard TD that made it 14-0.

Smyre paced the South Iredell receiving corps with five catches for 88 yards. He hauled in Dowdy's 19- and 35-yard TD strikes.

Donya' Stevenson's 1-yard TD run ended the shutout with 1:11 remaining. He finished with 64 yards on 22 carries for the Raiders (3-8, 0-5).


South Iredell 54, North Iredell 6

North Iredell;0;0;0;6--6

South Iredell;34;7;13;0--54

First quarter

SI--Darius Smyre 19 pass from Holland Dowdy (Cody Hazelton kick), 9:51.

SI--Alterek Adams 12 run (Shelby Bassinger kick), 7:15.

SI--Bassinger 2 run (kick blocked), 4:56.

SI--Ty Everhart 12 pass from Dowdy (Landon Castorena kick), 3:09.

SI--Dowdy 25 run (David Moyer kick), 1:24.

Second quarter

SI--Mike Jones 42 pass from Dowdy (Beni Juarez kick), 6:33.

Third quarter

SI--Smyre 35 pass from Dowdy (Hazelton kick), 9:02.

SI--Gavin Miller 1 run (kick failed), 1:20.

Fourth quarter

NI--Donya' Stevenson 1 run (pass failed), 1:11.

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