Alexander Central opened their 2017 season with a penalty marred but thrilling win over Burns Friday night in Taylorsville.
The Cougars came from behind twice in the second half to beat the Bulldogs 28-23. The game was beset by penalties as both teams were flagged for over 100 yards each. In the end it was the Cougar defense that sealed the victory.
AC opened the game with an an impressive drive going 59 yards in 13 plays. Quarterback Gunnar Anderson ran 4 yards for the score to cap the drive and Bryson Godfrey ran in a two point conversion to give Alexander Central an 8-0 lead. Burns would counter with an impressive drive on their first possession going 70 yards in 9 plays to tie the game. The Cougar offense sputtered the rest of the first half as penalties thwarted several scoring opportunities as Burns held a 15-8 lead at halftime.
The Cougars stopped Burns on the opening possession of the second half and drove 70 yards in 7 plays to pull to within 15-14. Tevin Clark scored on a pass from Anderson from 28 yards but the PAT failed.
Bryson Godfrey gave the Cougars the lead later in the third quarter on a 28 yard scoring pass from Gunnar Anderson but again the conversion attempt failed to make the score 20-15.
Burns took a lead in the 4th quarter with a 77 yard drive in 14 plays and the fans in the stands were concerned as the Blue and Gold trailed 23-20. It was time for the potent Cougar attack to rally and that’s what they were about to do. A 12 play, 83 yard drive was capped by a one yard plunge from Gunnar Anderson, a pass from Anderson to Tevin Clark added two and the score was 28-23 in favor the Alexander Central.
Burns took the ball with 2:45 remaining and two timeouts so they had time to earn an opening night win. On a crucial fourth down and one to go on their own 49 yard line, it got “Nasty.” Junior defensive lineman Isaac “Nasty” Chapman stormed through the blockers and sacked the Burns quarterback to send the home crowd into a frenzy.
Quarterback Gunnar Anderson had a big night going 10-14 passing for 118 yards and two touchdowns. He added two scoring runs, rushing 60 yards on 12 carries. Bryson Godfrey was held to just 86 yards on 11 carries along with 36 yards receiving. Tevin Clark had a big night, rushing for 76 yards and adding 35 yards receiving. Jesse Schronce led the defense with 8 tackles.
ACHS out gained Burns 331 to 239. The Cougars were flagged for 111 yards and Burns 107.
Next Friday the Cougars will renew a long standing rivalry when they travel to Moravian falls to battle Wilkes Central. The Eagles won their opener over North Iredell 21-0.