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October 7, 2013CONCORD - The scoreboard operator at Concord's Bailey Stadium sure earned his pay on Friday night as the Concord Spiders (6-0) hosted county rival Central Cabarrus (5-1) in South Piedmont 3A action. After a total of 113 points were scored and defensive coaches left scratching their heads, Concord left the field celebrating a 63-50 win over the visiting Vikings.
The first two drives of the game set the tone for the rest of the night. Central Cabarrus running back Kenny Purvis, seeking to build off of last week's 507 yard performance, hit a seam and raced fifty-six yards for a score on the Vikings' second play from scrimmage. Not wanting to be outdone, Concord's Rocky Reid found the end zone on a seventy-two yard scamper on the Spiders' second play.
A bad snap on the next drive gave Concord the ball deep in Central Cabarrus territory, an opportunity the Spiders were quick to take advantage of with Terry Cassell's score from five yards out. Less than three minutes into the game, it was 14-8 in favor of the home team.
After the two teams traded possessions, Purvis, who finished with 316 yards on twenty-three carries, got the Vikings moving again with a big thirty-eight yard run to get Central Cabarrus in the red zone. After quarterback Hasaan Klugh hit Riley McGee in the end zone, the Vikings had regained the lead, 15-14. Klugh and McGee connected on another scoring play in the third quarter.
The second quarter was much like the first, with both team's playmakers finding open space and the end zone. Central Cabarrus' Purvis added touchdown runs of twenty and sixty-five yards while Concord's Keenan Black hit Cassel and Reid on touchdown passes of twenty-five and fifty-three yards respectively. Reid, who finished with 325 yards rushing for the night, added an eighteen yard run for a touchdown as well, making the score 35-29 at the half in favor of the Spiders. "Rocky's a great one those guys up front take a lot of pride in blocking for him," Concord head coach Glen Padgett commented after the game.
The Spiders found themselves back in the red zone after a tip and interception put the ball at the Vikings' fifteen yard line. After a holding call nullified one touchdown, Reid went nineteen yards on the next play to hit pay dirt again to put the Spiders up by two scores. "We gave up a couple of short fields tonight and that killed us," Viking head coach Donnie Kiefer said after the game. "Those two short fields gave them two touchdowns, and we lost by two touchdowns."
Concord sophomore quarterback Black added two more scores for the Spiders in the second half, one a forty-one yard toss to freshman wideout Hamsah Nasirildeen and another on a one-yard keeper. Central Cabarrus added two scores of their own in the fourth quarter, a twenty-two yard pass to Tillman Cook and one last Purvis score with under a minute left.
The road does not get any easier for both of these teams as Central Cabarrus will host perennial power West Rowan next week while Concord will seek revenge against a Cox Mill squad who defeated the Spiders 28-21 last year.
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