Sometimes football can be very simple. The team that blocks and tackles the best, wins ! You would be hard pressed to find a better example than Friday night’s Alexander Central -Lake Norman game in Taylorsville,
In the incredible atmosphere at Cougar Stadium Lake Norman entered the game undefeated at 7-0 against a Cougar team desperate to be a part of a big game. The visiting Wildcats flexed their muscles and won 45-21.
Wildcat tailback Cole Jackson ran through the Cougar defense for 290 bruising yards and 4 touchdowns. Jackson amassed most of those yards after contact as the Cougars couldn’t match his powerful, shifty strides. He did get some help from an offensive line that controlled the line of scrimmage all evening.
Lake Norman took the lead driving 60 yards in 6 plays capped by Jackson’s 14 yard run. The drive was aided when the Cougars were flagged for roughing the passer erasing an interception of QB Cole Ladowski’s throw.
Alexander Central didn’t take long to pull even. On their first play from scrimmage junior speedster Bryson Godfrey went off left tackle and streaked to the end zone from 62 yards. The run sent the home crowd into a frenzy.
Lake Norman took the lead again on a 22 yard field goal from John McCue . ACHS would take their only lead of the night when Gunnar Anderson scored from 1 yard with 1:58 remaining the first quarter. The Wildcats took the lead for good before the end of the opening period on a Jackson 18 yard scamper.
A crucial moment happened early in the 2nd quarter. Cougar junior Jacob Parson was jarred on a hit after he caught a pass and lay motionless for some time on the field. He was taken to an area hospital and was reported to be “OK” by Cougar team physician, Dr. Joel Inman. The injury put a damper on the crowd. Lake Norman would add a score before half and was up 24-14 at the break.
AC was able to pull to within 3 late in the 3rd on Godfey’s 26 yard run making it 24-21. From that point forward Lake Norman dominated and won it with three 4th quarter touchdowns.
After the game Cougar coach Butch Carter said “We had our chances, we just have to keep getting better, we’ll be o.k.” Godfrey led Alexander Central with 118 yards on 11 carries and 2 scores. Linebacker Tejuen Calhoun led the defense with 11 tackles.
The loss essentially eliminated the Cougars from a shot at the North Piedmont Conference title but they can be a spoiler when they host Mooresville next Friday.
In other scores:
Mooresville 38 South Iredell 20
Statesville 28 North Lincoln 17
West Iredell 28 North Iredell 17
Hibriten 28 Watauga 27
Freedom 55 South Caldwell 27
Hickory 25 St Stephens 20
Patton 42 Forard 6
East Lincoln 42 Newton Conover 21
Lincolnton 48 Bunker Hill 0
Maiden 56 Bandys 40
West Caldwell 35 West Lincoln 13
Crest 53 East Burke 6
Draughn 35 East Rutherford 14
East Wilkes 54 Ashe County 21
Wilkes Central 35 Allegany 34
West Wilkes 38 Elkin 35
North Wilkes 49 Starmount 20