The Alexander Central Cougars suffered a heartbreaking loss to Statesville Friday night 28-27. The Cougars fourth quarter woes continued as the home standing Greyhounds rallied for the victory and sent the Blue and Gold to their 3rd straight loss.
ACHS went up 27 to 14 when Bryson Godfey raced past the Statesville defense with 8:29 remaining in the 3rd quarter. The 59 yard run was the last time the Cougars would score.
Statesville answered quickly to cut the deficit to 27-21 sending the game to the crucial final period. The Cougars threatened late in the period but had a drive stall. Adam Gasts’s 35 yard field goal attempt sailed just wide and the lead stayed at 6. It was at that point the outcome tilted to the Greyhounds.
Statesville went 80 yards in 8 plays to even the score. The touchdown came on a 31 yard scoring pass from QB Bryant Young to Brandon Joyner jr with just 52 seconds left in the game. Statesville was flagged for excessive celebration in the end zone setting up a 35 yard point after touchdown attempt. Greyhound kicker Zach Nicholson split the uprights and Cougars were down a point.
AC managed to get the ball into Statesville territory but ran out of time.
Over the course of the 3 game losing streak the Cougars have yet to score in the 4th quarter and it has proven to be critical. Another crucial point is the status of Alexander Central quarterback Gunnar Anderson. He suffered a shoulder injury in the final period and the extent is not yet known.
Bryson Godfrey led the Cougars with 164 yards rushing and 43 yards receiving, he scored 3 times. Devon Weiss picked up 134 yards on the ground putting him over 1,000 on the season, he also caught two passes for scores. Gunnar Anderson went 11-13 passing for 113 yards and 3 touchdown tosses. Tejuen Calhoun led the defense with 9 tackles on the night.
AC falls to 6-4 setting up the regular season finale next Friday at home against West Iredell.
In other action:
Lake Norman 24 Mooresville 14…….Lake Norman clinches NPC Championship
South Iredell 42 North Iredell 6
North Lincoln 41 West Iredell 19
Lincolnton 33 West Caldwell…..Lincolnton clinches share of SD7 Championship
Bandys 21 West Lincoln 14
East Lincoln 33 Maiden 20
Newton Conover 36 Bunker Hill 24
Hibriten 40 Patton 0……..Hibriten clinches NWC Championship
Watauga 49 Hickory 13
Freedom 49 St Stephens 0
South caldwell 28 Foard 20
Wilkes Central 25 East Wilkes……Wilkes Central clinches share of MVC Championship
North Wilkes 38 West Wilkes 35 OT
Ashe County 42 Starmount 7
Chase 20 East Burke 16
Shelby 36 Draughn 0