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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Cabarrus Warriors open season with victory over North Raleigh Christian

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Cabarrus Warriors open season with victory over North Raleigh Christian

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The Cabarrus Warriors (Cannon School / Concord First Assembly) defeat the North Raleigh Christian Academy Knights 21-14 on Friday Night.

The Warriors celebrate in the end zone after scoring a touchdown against North Raleigh Christian on the opening Friday night of the 2020 high school football season at Cannon School.

CONCORD – The Cabarrus Warriors scored four different ways, and their pass defense turned in a red-zone stop in the game’s final seconds as they turned away North Raleigh Christian Academy at Randy Marion Field Friday, 21-14, in the high school football season opener for both teams.

Cabarrus held a two-touchdown lead early in the fourth quarter, and it seemed to be wearing down the visitors physically. But NRCA strung together a nine-play, 71-yard scoring drive midway through the final period to cut its deficit in half.

The Warriors shaved fewer than two minutes off the clock on their next drive, and the Knights regained possession at their 42-yard line with 2 minutes, 38 seconds remaining. NRCA Reserve quarterback Connor McGann’s 14-yard completion on fourth-and-7 at the Cabarrus 44 helped keep the drive alive.

NRCA had first down at the Cabarrus 15 before the Warriors called a timeout. Afterward, the McGann threw twice to the end zone to Jacob Hukins, one of which was batted away by Cabarrus’ Zack Kellman.

The Cabarrus Warriors (Cannon School / Concord First Assembly) defeat the North Raleigh Christian Academy Knights 21-14 on Friday Night.

Warriors Zack Kellman (9) and Max Riley (19) 

After a completion to Rogerick Ray yielded no gain, McGann again looked for Hukins on the left side of the end zone on fourth down. The 6-foot-3-inch Hukins and the 5-9 Kellman battled for the ball. and again Kellman knocked it away.

“That was a defensive team effort right there,” said Kellman, a senior. “He had run that same route two plays prior so I was expecting an inside route, but he cut it outside. But that’s a team win right there.”

Jamie Bolton, who won his first game as Cabarrus' head coach, said the Warriors started 10 underclassmen.

"I knew we were going to make some mistakes here and there," said Bolton. "... I kept telling our kids, ‘Good things are going to happen, bad things are going to happen. It's how we respond that makes a difference.’

The Cabarrus Warriors (Cannon School / Concord First Assembly) defeat the North Raleigh Christian Academy Knights 21-14 on Friday Night.

Cabarrus Warriors first-year head coach Jamie Bolton addresses his team after a victory over North Raleigh Christian Academy on the opening Friday night of the 2020 high school football season at Cannon School.

“I thought our kids had more positive responses tonight that put them in position to be successful."

RECORDS

North Raleigh Christian Academy 0-1, 0-0 Big East Conference; Cabarrus Warriors 1-0, Piedmont Conference

THE PLAY OF THE GAME

A safety and an improving passing game helped Cabarrus gain momentum in the third quarter. A 9-yard touchdown run by Will Jones helped the Warriors gain their first lead, 12-7, midway through the third period.

The Cabarrus Warriors (Cannon School / Concord First Assembly) defeat the North Raleigh Christian Academy Knights 21-14 on Friday Night.

The Warriors' Michael Dickens (1) regains ball control before out-pacing the North Raleigh Christian defense for a long touchdown.

Cabarrus scored the decisive points when freshman quarterback Tyler Green found Michael Dickens cutting through a seam in the middle of the field. The senior tight end reeled in Green’s quick strike and scooted untouched to the end zone for a 63-yard touchdown and a 21-7 advantage.

PRIMETIME PERFORMERS

North Raleigh Christian Academy

-- Ray, who led the Knights with 74 yards rushing on 13 carries, also led the defense with nine tackles.

Cabarrus Warriors

-- Green, starting his first varsity game, completed 19 of 33 pass attempts for 239 yards and a touchdown. He inspired Cabarrus during a stretch to close the third quarter in which he connected on five of six throws for 132 yards and a score.

The Cabarrus Warriors (Cannon School / Concord First Assembly) defeat the North Raleigh Christian Academy Knights 21-14 on Friday Night.

Tyler Green (11) drops back to pass against the Knights defense on the opening Friday night of the 2020 high school football season at Cannon School.

-- Freshman running back Jones, who was also a presence on defense, led the Warriors with 82 yards rushing on 23 carries.

The Cabarrus Warriors (Cannon School / Concord First Assembly) defeat the North Raleigh Christian Academy Knights 21-14 on Friday Night.

The Warriors' Will Jones (11) tries to break free from the Knights' Nolan Rock (10) during game action on the opening Friday night of the 2020 high school football season at Cannon School.

-- Kellman, a senior, had game-highs of five catches and 78 yards receiving.

-- Dickens tallied 78 receiving yards on four receptions.

-- Defensively, freshman Gavin Powell (interception) and sophomore Jackson Schultz (fumble recovery) registered turnovers.

The Cabarrus Warriors (Cannon School / Concord First Assembly) defeat the North Raleigh Christian Academy Knights 21-14 on Friday Night.

Myles Stradford (51) and a Cabarrus Warriors teammate stop a Knights ball carrier.

3 OBSERVATIONS

-- The game looked like a slugfest in the making when NRCA drove 85 yards on seven plays and built an early 7-0 lead. Cabarrus quickly answered by driving 69 yards on 11 plays and finishing with a 21-yard Timothy Watson field goal. Watson added a 32-yarder early in the fourth quarter.

-- Cabarrus defensive end Waylan Petiote dropped NRCA running back Dalton Bennett in the end zone for a safety. It was set up by Watson’s punt that took about a 10-yard bounce and rolled to the NRCA 2-yard line.

The Cabarrus Warriors (Cannon School / Concord First Assembly) defeat the North Raleigh Christian Academy Knights 21-14 on Friday Night.

Warriors' Waylan Petiote (7) tries to bring down Knights' (1) on the opening Friday night of the 2020 high school football season at Cannon School.

-- Cabarrus was a yard away from the end zone in the second quarter. The Warriors drove 80 yards in 13 plays. But on second-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Green dashed toward the center from his shotgun position and mishandled a quick snap. The Knights recovered the fumble to thwart Cabarrus’ threat.

WHAT’S UP NEXT?

NRCA plays host to Harrells Christian Academy on Oct. 2, while Cabarrus welcomes Matthews Covenant Day on Oct. 5.

GAME SUMMARY

North Raleigh           7       0        0     7       -- 14

Cabarrus Warriors 3       0       15     3       -- 21       

First Quarter

NR – Khalil Snell 15 run (Nolan Rock kick).

CW – Timothy Watson 21 field goal

Second Quarter

No scoring

Third Quarter

CW – Waylan Petiote tackles Dalton Bennett in end zone.

CW – Will Jones 9 run (Watson kick)

CW – Michael Dickens 63 pass from Tyler Green (pass failed)

Fourth Quarter

CW – Watson 32 field goal

NR – Rogerick Ray 3 run (Rock kick)

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