The Alexander Central Football team completed the regular season with a 68-28 romp over West Iredell Friday night in Taylorsville. The Cougars finish the regular season with a record of 7-4, a significant improvement over 2015 when the record was 3-8.
After West Iredell got a big opening kick return the Warriors drove the ball deep into Cougar territory to see the drive stall at the Alexander Central 7 yard line. On the first play from scrimmage Cougar junior Bryson Godfrey raced 93 yards for a score and the rout was on. For the night Godfrey gained 202 yards on just 14 carries and 3 touchdowns. Devon Weiss ran for 118 yards and a score and Jacob Parson scored 4 times including a “pick six” from 32 yards. Deon Campbell and Isaac Chapaman led the defense.
Alexander Central raced to a 41-0 lead before West Iredell got a touchdown pass from QB Dillon Davis to Xavier Litte with 7 seconds remaining in the half. The play drew boos from the crowd and the ire of the Cougar coaching staff as it appeared Little shoved the defender out of the way to make the grab. The officials did not throw a flag. The Warriors would get three more scoring grabs from Little in the second half but it was obvious the West defense had no answer for the Cougars.
Cougar QB Gunnar Anderson started and played the first half despite an injured shoulder suffered last week at Statesville. It was obvious he was unable to throw, nor did he and that was enough on this night as the Cougar rushing attack was virtually unstoppable. Freshman Easton Rhoney got the 2nd half snaps.
Now, we wait. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association will give the Eastern part of the state a week to make up games lost to Hurricane Mathew in October. That means the parings for the post season won’t be released before November 12th. That lull might be a blessing for the Cougars and Gunnar Anderson. Last night he said, “I hope to be back to normal for our next game.”
While the improvement from 3-8 last year to 7-4 this season is an accomplishment the Cougars know they had their chances to win another game or two. That means they have unfinished business and although they know they will be on the road in the playoffs. They also know they might be one of the best 7-4 teams in the state and could be a team poised to pull an upset or two in the post season.
Lake Norman 42 North Lincoln 14
Mooresville 43 North Iredell 21
South Iredell 42 Statesville 7
Hibriten 48 Hickory 7
Watauga 63 South Caldwell 21
St Stephens 21 Foard 7
Patton 35 Freedom 28
Maiden 65 Lincolnton 47
West Caldwell 66 Bunker Hill 0
Newton Conver 31 Bandys 29
East Lincoln 35 West Lincoln 9
Kings Mountain 49 East Burke 6
Shelby 21 Crest 19
Wilkes Central 28 North Wilkes 21
West Wilkes 21 East Wilkes 20
Ashe County 72 Elkin 42