Richard McCollum kicked three field goals, including a 46-yarder, to lead Southern Lee past Lee County 16-13 in the 11th annual Brick City Bowl on Friday.
It was the first loss of the season for the Yellow Jackets (9-1, 4-1 Cape Fear Valley 3A), who led 13-10 midway through the third period, but turned the ball over five times in the game.
The Cavaliers (7-2, 4-1) captured their third consecutive Brick City win over their cross-town rivals, and also moved into a three-way tie for first place in the conference with Lee and Fayetteville’s Westover High.
Both teams will play their final conference game next week before the playoffs begin Nov. 18.
THEY SAID IT
“We’re just excited and happy,” said Southern Lee senior Ishois Times, who scored the lone Cavalier touchdown. “It meant so much to do this on our Senior Night, and now we are just focusing on Terry Sanford and the playoffs.”
Cavalier quarterback Noah Terhune fired a strike to Wendell Hill, who raced 83 yards for an apparent, and later nullififed, go-ahead touchdown with the score knotted at 13-13. The play still put the Cavs deep in Yellow Jacket territory, where McCollum nailed a 37-yard field goal which proved to be the game winner.
THREE TO KNOW
Noah Terhune, Southern Lee: Threw for 224 yards and completed 22 of 44 passes
Javonte Jackson, Lee County: His 60-yard kickoff return to open the second half gave the Yellow Jackets good field position and set up their go-ahead score after trailing 10-6 at halftime.
Nate Thompson and Dillon Touchard, Southern Lee: They each intercepted passes on the Yellow Jackets two possessions following the Cavaliers’ going up 16-13.
BY THE NUMBERS
5: The number of interceptions the teams combined for.
10: Times’ reception total, for 92 yards
9: The number of shutout wins the two teams have combined for this season.