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September 21, 2013CONCORD - It was a matchup of two teams separated by only thirteen miles, but almost thirty years as South Rowan travelled to Concord to take on the Spiders in South Piedmont 3A action on Friday night. It was the last game before the calendar changed away from summer and the muggy mid 80s temperature at kickoff reminded fans of it. By the end of the evening, the temperatures cooled, but the Concord offense did not, beating South Rowan 34-13 in the first matchup between these two teams since the 1984 season.
Concord won the toss and deferred to the second half, deciding to rely on a defense that had only given up twenty-nine points over the past two games. South Rowan was unable to move the ball on their first drive and this was a preview for what was to come for the night.
Concord scored on its very first play from scrimmage, a fifty-five yard run from junior Rocky Reid. Coming off a 300 yard game the previous week, Reid picked up right where he left off, finishing with 211 yards for the night and a score. "We have the talent to run the ball, so that's what we're going to do," Concord coach Glen Padgett said after the game.
Myles Neils and Jerry Burk added touchdown receptions during the second quarter, extending a Spider lead to 19-6 by the half. Coach Glen Padgett had two areas of concern after the game, one being penalties that have marred the Spiders over the last two weeks.
Two fifteen yard penalties extended a Raider drive in the first half which ended up leading to a South Rowan score on a screen pass. "Our defensive coaches had a great game. There was only one time when they had the perfect play call and they were able to score," Padgett commented after the game.
Concord also had some issues in the kicking game. Two Spider PAT attempts were deflected or blocked. "Our kicker is a soccer player and he's more comfortable kicking off of the ground (instead of a kicking block), but this can lead to a low trajectory," Padgett said after the game. "So, we tried it for him and a few got blocked. It's something we're going to work on and get better with next week."
The Spiders found the end zone twice in the second half, one on a three yard keeper by sophomore quarterback Keenan Black and another on a thirty-two yard run by junior running back Terry Cassell, whose carries have been limited by a nagging injury. South Rowan kept pushing though, and finished off the scoring for the night with a touchdown pass with nineteen seconds left in the game. "You play the way you practice we weren't real crisp this week, but we came away with a win. We've got to get ready for a great football team at their place next week," Padgett said after the game.
Both teams are on the road next week as Concord faces East Rowan in a rematch of last year's sectional championship while South Rowan will be taking on county rival West Rowan.
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