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December 7, 2013

Spiders advance over Forestview 35-14

CONCORD - Forestview (10-5) had one defensive mission on Friday night: stop Concord (15-0) running back Rocky Reid. And the Jaguars loaded the box with eight and nine guys to do so. While this strategy was somewhat successful against the run, it opened up the passing game for Concord and Spiders quarterback Keenan Black took full advantage, throwing for four scores and leading Concord to a 35-14 victory.

Forestview opened up the game with an effective drive, with Logan Bradley finding receivers on quick outs and Moe Neal making a few key runs. When the drive appeared to stall around the 35 yard line, Bradley heaved a ball towards the end zone on fourth down. The ball was tipped, and Jaguar receiver C.J. Bumgarner came down with it for the score, giving Forestview an early 7-0 lead.

Concord responded on their next possession when Black hooked up with Myles Neils for a forty-nine yard passing touchdown, the first of three scoring connections Black and Neils had in the first half. Neils also got free for a seventy-two yard touchdown and scored on a hook and lateral before the half. Black also added a ten yard keeper in the second quarter as well and the Spiders held a 28-7 halftime lead.

Black continued his great night in the third quarter, finding freshman Hamsah Nasirildeen for a twenty-one yard score, his fourth passing touchdown of the night. Black finished the night 8 of 12 passing with 219 yards. Concord coach Glen Padgett praised his sophomore quarterback. "Keenan had a good week of practice and made some good throws tonight. He did a really good job."

Reid found his momentum in the second half as well, with a big run setting up the Nasirildeen score, and ended up with a hard fought 172 yards. The yardage on the night put the junior over the 3000 yard mark for the season.

Concord will take on Havelock at 11:00 at Raleigh's Carter-Finley Stadium in the 3A state championship in a rematch of last year's title game, which Havelock won 55-21.

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