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HIGHLAND TECH STUMBLES IN CONFERENCE OPENER

COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF DAVIDSON GIVES HIGHLAND TECH FIRST LOSS IN CONFERENCE OPENER

By: Anthony Perkins

 

Gastonia – The Highland Tech Rams entered their Southern Piedmont Conference opener with the Community School of Davidson Spartans on Friday night with a somewhat surprising 3-0 record for the hosting Rams and they were hoping to continue their winning ways in conference competition.  Unfortunately for the Rams, costly turnovers and empty possessions near the end of the game enabled the Spartans to collect their first conference win with a 41-32 victory.

 

The Spartans opened up the game with a quick score on their opening drive when quarterback Austin Fekete hit Ryan Renshaw for a 45-yard touchdown on the third play from scrimmage.  Fekete tossed a two-point conversion David Priestly to give the visitors a very early 8-0 lead. 

 

Highland Tech answered on their first drive when Caleb Foster ripped off a 28-yard run to cap off an 80-yard drive but the extra point kick was blocked resulting in the Spartans holding an 8-6 lead.

 

Quarterback Fekete went to work on the Spartans next possession and once again lead his charges down the field on another three-play drive that was capped off with a 10-yard run by Langston Samples.  Another two-point conversion toss by Fekete pushed the Rams out to a 16-6 lead with just over a minute left in the first quarter.  The turning point of the game likely came on the Ram’s next possession when Caleb Hill was hit trying to deliver a pass and Ryan McCreary picked it off for the Spartans and rumbled 24-yards into the end-zone just 20 seconds before the first quarter ended.  Fekete’s third, two-point conversion toss went to Samples to build the Spartan lead to 24-6.

 

Both teams traded two scores in the second quarter with Highland Tech scoring on a 24-yard run by Caleb Foster and a 46-yard burst by Jeremiah Wallace.  The Community School of Davidson answered with two more touchdown tosses from Fekete; the first score was a 12-yarder to Brandon Ellington and the second score came just eight seconds before the half ended on a six-yard pass to Kaleb Johnson. 

 

After the dust had settled and a half-time break the visiting Spartans started the second half with a 38-18 lead.

 

Highland Tech had the first possession of the second half and made it count with a 14-play touchdown drive that Wallace capped off with a three-yard run.  A quick turnover by the Community School of Davidson on their next drive breathed new life into the Rams and they quickly capitalized when Caleb Foster rambled up the middle for a 71-yard jaunt into the endzone and the 20-point deficit had dwindled to 38-32.  A missed field goal attempt from 39-yards out was the only threat that the Spartans could manage in the third quarter and it was a ball game again with one quarter remaining. 

 

In the closing quarter Highland Tech back in business after an interception and the Rams managed to advance the ball to the Spartans 22 before being stopped on downs.  After that defensive stop the Community School of Davidson added three more points on a 22-yard field goal by Langston Samples for the final points of the game and the final 41-32 score. 

 

Although Highland Tech lost the game they outgained their opponents in total yardage.  The Rams had 487 total yards; 462 yards rushing in 66 attempts and 25 yards passing.  The Community School of Davidson had 336 total yards; 87 yards rushing in 22 attempts and Fekete completed 11 of 18 passes for 249 yards with one interception. 

 

Next week Highland Tech will travel to Bessemer City and the Community School of Davidson will be at Cherryville.

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