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Kings Mountain Advances
            It did not start off pretty for the Mountaineers in the first half. Not one, but two Hickory touchdowns in the first half were called back due to penalties. Hickory would make it inside the Mountaineers five-yard line on one of those drives. On second down, Hickory’s T.J. Winbush was stripped by a Kings Mountain defender that was returned to the Mountaineers 26-yard line.
            “Our defense played great all night long.” Hickory Coach John Worley said “I thought our kids played hard. I thought our kids played tough. I thought we had a chance to win the ball game. But it just didn’t work out that way.”
“When you’re playing a team like Kings Mountain, you can’t make mental mistakes. When you don’t take advantage of opportunities that are given to you and score, it’s tough to beat a team like Kings Mountain. We had two touchdowns called back in the first half. If we go up 14-0, it’s a different ball game. But it’s not and that’s a playoff game and that’s what’s fun about high school football.”
            Kings Mountain also had a chance to put points on the board in the first half, but was unable to convert. The score would remain 0-0 at half-time.
            However, Kings Mountain would break the ice late in the third quarter with a 27-yard Ricky Radford field-goal. That just seemed to open up the flood-gates for the Mountaineers. After stopping Hickory on their ensuing drive, Kings Mountain’s Terrance Young returned the punt all the way to the Hickory three-yard line. Michael Roberts then finished the job with a one-yard run.
            Hickory would not go down quietly and T.J. Winbush would get Hickory on the board with a 13-yard run. However, that would be as close as the Red Tornadoes would get as the Mountaineers punched in two more touchdowns before this one was over.
            “Our kids played good. Our coaches did a nice job of game-planning.” Kings Mountain head coach Greg Lloyd said “0-0 first half, missed opportunities for both teams really. I think our two-platoon strictly kind of wore on them since they play so many guys both ways. I thought that was to our advantage.”
“I thought both teams played extremely hard. Hickory’s a well-coached, tough football team. They gave us all we wanted. Our players came to play and they didn’t panic.”
            Kings Mountain will advance on to play Mooresville, a 21-16 winner over Sun Valley.
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