West Iredell 3, Carver 1
West Iredell advanced to the third round of the 2A state playoffs with a 3-1 home win versus Carver on Friday.
Ben Guzman scored two first-half goals assisted by Manuel Meza. Early in the match, Meza sprinted down the left wing and centered a cross, which found the feet of Guzman who poked it home. Seven minutes later Meza attacked the right wing and played a perfect cross to Guzman, who settled the pass and fired in home.
Carver scored 10 minutes into the second half, but the Warriors responded with a goal of their own 10 minutes later as Omar Morris split two defenders with a pass to Bryan Rivera, who calmly finished off the goal and the 3-1 win. Garrett Stiltner recorded four saves in goal for the win.
The Warriors move on to play at Saturday night’s winner between Hibriten and West Caldwell.
West Iredell 29,
Fred T. Foard 14
NEWTON — West Iredell (6-5, 4-3) snapped a two-game losing skid as it finished 3-2 on the road this fall. The Tigers completed a winless season at home with a 15-point loss to the Warriors on Friday in Newton. Fred T. Foard (2-9, 2-5 Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference) hasn’t won at home since defeating East Burke 63-14 on Oct. 25, 2018.
Mallard Creek 24,
MOORESVILLE — Mallard Creek topped host Mooresville, 24-7 on a cold night at Coach Joe Popp Stadium. The Devils (6-5 for the season overall and 4-3 within the I-Meck rank) headed into play in fourth in the league standings.
Trailing 3-0 approaching the midway mark of second-quarter play, the Devils’ senior linebacker Malik Birchett first blunted a Mavericks punt attempt and then grabbed a blocked pass, running 50 yards for a touchdown. Isaac Riffle’s point-after kick was good for a 7-3 lead. Mallard Creek scored late in the quarter for a lead it would hold to the finish.
East Rowan 49,
North Iredell 0
GRANITE QUARRY — East Rowan gashed North Iredell for one big play after another in the first half for a 42-0 lead and closed out the regular season in impressive fashion Friday with a 49-0 win.
Three East runners scored two touchdowns each in the rout, led by sophomore Sammy Pinckney with 209 yards. Junior Vincent Jones only carried the ball three times out of the wildcat formation, but two of them went for scoring jaunts of 60 and 69 yards. Senior Isa’ah Cauthen only carried the ball twice but both went for touchdown runs of 47 and nine yards.
The Mustangs (5-6, 2-3 North Piedmont Conference) held the Raiders (0-11, 0-5) to 73 total yards of offense.