High Schools

Franklinton opens new era with new football field

tstevens@newsobserver.com September 5, 2012 

Franklinton High opened a new era last Friday night when it raced onto its football field for the first time.

The school moved into its facility last year, but last week’s was the first varsity game at the stadium. The Rams defeated Ravenscroft 6-0.

Before the game, first-year coach Jeremy Buck reinforced to his players how special the moment was.

“I can’t envision our school opening a new football stadium in the next 50 years,” Buck said Tuesday. “This was literally a once in a lifetime event. It was a once in a blue moon type of thing. I think our kids and our community appreciated that.”

Buck said it was a tremendous moment for the players, the school and the community, but as a coach he said it wasn’t a pretty game.

“It was like winning a baseball game 1-0, but making six errors,” he said. “It doesn’t take anything away from the win, but you wish you have played better.”

The Rams had a couple of touchdowns nullified by penalties and had another three potential scores thwarted by mistakes.

Tank Yarborough almost scored the first touchdown at the stadium, but his apparent scoring run was nullified. Yarborough came out after the run when Buck substituted for Demetrius Burk. The Rams ran the same play and Burk broke two tackles on a 35-yard scoring run.

“It was a very special night,” Buck said.

Green Hope tennis streak: The Green Hope girls’ five-year conference winning streak was stopped Aug. 30 when Panther Creek topped the Falcons 5-4.

The loss broke a conference winning streak that stretched to 2007. Green Hope had won 82 straight league matches.

Green Hope had been ranked No. 3 in the N.C. High School Tennis Coaches rankings last week after top-ranked Broughton beat former No. 3 Panther Creek. The Falcons will probably slip in next week’s rankings following the loss.

Green Hope bounced back Tuesday with an 8-1 win over Cardinal Gibbons, which is No. 2 in 3A.

Broughton continued to dominate as it beat Millbrook 9-0. Millbrook is ranked No. 8 in 4A.

McLeod starts fast: Former Chapel Hill High cross country standout Mitch McLeod finished third in his first collegiate race recently. McLeod, a freshman, led all of his Appalachian State teammates in the 5-mile Covered Bridge Open with a time of 25 minutes, 16 seconds. The meet included teams from Florida State, Middle Tennessee and UNC.

Seahawk Invitational: The 25th Seahawk Invitational cross country championship is scheduled for Saturday on the UNC Wilmington campus. The relatively flat course annually produces some of the top times in the state. Among the top entries this year are Green Hope and Cardinal Gibbons.

Millbrook runners win: The Millbrook boys’ and girls’ cross country teams won the Jungle Run last Saturday night at Hope Mills South View. The Wildcats boys topped second-place Winston-Salem Reynolds 78-85 and the Millbrook girls beat runner-up Leesville Road 79-93.

Durham Jordan’s Nikolaus Kreiling and Daniel Beamer were Nos. 2 and 3 behind individual winner Phillip Hall of Fayetteville Terry Sanford, Hall had a time of 15 minutes, 56.58 seconds. Corinth Holders sophomore Arden Vessie was second behind Chandler Borton of Winston-Salem Reynolds (19:04) in the girls’ race.

Vessie, who won an Early Bird invitational last week at East Wake, ran a personal best 19:08.

Ravens field hockey: The Ravenscroft field hockey team, which was 18-1 in 2011, is off to a 5-0 start and has outscored opponents 32-0. The Ravens lost to Charlotte Latin in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association final last year.

The Ravens will open Triangle Independent School Athletic Conference competition at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday against Saint Mary’s.

Interception returns: Erwin Triton junior linebacker Tyler Tyndall had his second interception return for a touchdown during last Friday’s 27-6 football win against Overhills. He had a 36-yard scoring return during a 28-15 win against Harnett Central and added the 21-yard scoring return against Overhills.

He also had an interception during a 25-21 season-opening win against Clinton.

Stevens: 919-829-8910

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