Yogi Berra, the New York Yankee Hall of Fame catcher is credited with uttering the classic line “It ain’t over ,till it’s over.” Berra , known for his malaprops and verbal missteps was sure right on that one.
Alexander Central suffered what might go down as the most brutal defeat in their football program history Friday night in Morganton. Freedom rallied with 21 straight 4th quarter points to send the Cougars to a 46-42 loss.
Alexander Central led 42-25 when A.J. Miller scored on a 42-yard jet sweep with 9:24 seconds left in the game. What was about to come, was a nightmare for ACHS, and an epic rally for Freedom.
The Patriots scored three touchdowns aided by a pair of onsides kicks. Alexander Central never had possession of the ball until Freedom’s final score with 26 seconds left in the game. Senior quarterback Jayden Birchfield hit Dee Dee Burgess from 7 yards with 5:14 remaining. Birchfield would score a pair of rushing touchdowns after Freedom recovered consecutive onside kicks and the homecoming crowd in Morganton went into a frenzy, Cougar fans fell into a state of disbelief.
The Cougar ground attack was at times unstoppable. Steven Montgomery rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns. The senior went over 1,000 yards on the season. Quarterback Lance Justice ran for 90 yards on the night and AJ Miller added 83. AC would add another 111 through the air with touchdown catches by Montgomery, Miller, and tight end Blake Martin. The Cougars gained no yards during that critical period of almost 9 minutes late in the 4th quarter because they never had the ball.
With the loss, ACHS falls to 4-3 overall and 0-2 in the Northwestern Conference. They return home next Friday against McDowell.
Watauga 56 Hickory 28
South Caldwell 50 McDowell 10
St Stephens 35 North Iredell 14
Hibriten 60 Foard 7
Statesville 33 South Iredell 13
Newton Conover 37 West Lincoln 34
Bunker Hill 28 Draughn 27
Patton 49 East Burke 21
Hough 21 Lake Norman 7
West Iredell 30 West Caldwell 19
Bandys 35 Lincolnton 0
North Lincoln 52 East Lincoln 7
Maiden 56 Lake Norman Charter 0
Elkin 31 Wilkes Central 20
Starmount 48 East Wilkes 21
Ashe County 44 North Wilkes 28
Alleghany 31 West Wilkes 13
Shelby 55 Chase 6
Crest 42 Ashbrook 14
Huss 21 Kings Mountain 16
Olympic 28 Berry 16