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Pinecrest committed five turnovers and allowed a long pass play that gave visiting No. 11 seed Reagan all the confidence it needed to pull off a 26-9 upset in the first round of the state 4A West Region football playoffs Friday in Southern Pines. Raider quarterback and Columbia signee Gabriel Hollingsworth lived up to his billing throwing two touchdowns and running for two more. His 75-yard second quarter pass to Bryson Canty shifted the game's momentum after Pinecrest had built a 9-0 lead. Following a Patriot interception, Hollingsworth found Shavon Revel open for a 17-yard touchdown and a 13-9 Raider lead at recess. He completed 7 of 15 passes for 122 yards and one interception. Hollingsworth had a 12-yard touchdown run the third frame and a 10-yard insurance score late in the fourth to secure the win. Pinecrest quarterback Ben Garbark connected with Clint McNeill for a 39-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter for the Patriots only visit to the endzone. Garbark was 3-for-8 passing for 50 yards and three interceptions. He also had 10 carries for 105 yards. Savion Kizer led all rushers with 110 yards on 23 carries. The No. 6 seed Patriots had 361 yards of total offense to 261 for the Raiders (9-3). Patriot kicker Jeff Yurk had a 23-yard field goal in the first quarter, but he missed his only PAT. Pinecrest finishes the season 9-3 overall with an impressive 5-2 second place finish in Sandhills Athletic Conference play. The Patriots are now 0-2 all time against Reagan. What could be the biggest takeaway of the 2019 season is that Pinecrest allowed seven second-half touchdowns 12 games. The defense gave up 113.5 yards per game on the ground and 113 in the air, and the it returned three fumbles for touchdowns Offensively, the Patriots outscored their opponents 373 to 194. Pinecrest finished with 3,003 rushing yards and 1,260 passing yards. The Patriots we flagged 116 times for 1,245 yards versus 95 for 797 for opponents.
Pinecrest's defense made critical stops and scored an insurance touchdown late in the game as the Patriots upset previously undefeated Scotland 36-28 Thursday in Laurinburg. Tied at 21 at the half, Pinecrest had a disastrous start to the third quarter. The Patriots lost three players to injury on the first series that ended with a 34-yard pick six by Scotland's Kris McLean. Pinecrest and Scotland battled back and forth deep into the fourth quarter when a pair of costly Scotland penalties and a sustained Patriot drive ended with a 17-yard Nicholas Marella touchdown run. Trailing by one on the road, Coach Chris Metzger took a timeout then called for the two-point conversion that was completed by Savion Kizer giving Pinecrest a 29-28 lead with 2:26 to play. The Scots moved the ball quickly into Patriot territory, but a fumble by quarterback Bruce Wall was scooped up by Pinecrest's Logan Laton and returned 48 yards for a touchdown. Jeff Yurk added his fourth PAT of the night for the 36-28 lead. Scotland advanced the ball into the Patriot red zone in the final seconds with no timeouts, but the Pinecrest defense made a final stand inside the five yard line to secure the win. Pinecrest quarterback Ben Garbark completed 10 of 18 passes for 178 yards and two interceptions. He also had touchdown tosses to Niquan Hill (19 yards) and Braxton Barber (20 yards). Nick Boulanger led the Patriot ground game with five carries for 74 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter. The Patriots finished with 304 yards of total offense. Pinecrest gave up 432 yards to Scotland, but the Patriot defense held Scots' offense scoreless in the second half. Pinecrest improves to 8-1 overall, 4-1 in Sandhills Athletic Conference play. Scotland is also 8-1; 4-1. The Patriots are now 11-31-1 all time against the the Scots and have won the last two meetings. Pinecrest hosts Jack Britt (7-2; 3-2) next week.
Pinecrest's Gerogio Najm returned the opening kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown Friday — the first of eight Patriot scores — in 51-14 route of Lumberton in Southern Pines. Offensively, Nick Boulanger scored from 3 yards out and Savion Kizer punched one in from 13 yards out in the first quarter. The Patriot defense tackled a Lumberton runner in the end zone for a safety in the opening frame for a 23-0 lead. Ben Garbark carried the ball into the end zone from 5 yards out midway through the second quarter, then the connected with Aaron Scott for a 24-yard passing touchdown just before recess. Garbark finished the night 2-for-5 passing for 49 yards and one interception. Had had 7 carries for 55 yards. Boulanger led all seven Patriot rushers with 62 yards. Patriot defender Jalen Daley retuned a fumbled Lumberton punt three yards for a score in the third quarter, and Raequan Harrington finished the scoring on a 36-yard dive with 1:08 to play in the fourth quarter. Lumberton quarterback Jadarian Chatman connected with Jordan McNeil for touchown passes of 37 yards in the second quarter and 25 yards in the fourth quarter. Pinecrest had 251 yards of total offense to 173 for Lumberton. The Patriots four turnovers to the Pirates three. Pinecrest improves to 7-1 overall, 3-1 in Sandhills Athletic Conference play. Lumberton falls to 2-5; 0-4. The Patriots are now 21-25 all time against the Pirates and have won the last 9 meetings. Pinecrest travels to Laurinburg to face undefeated Scotland (8-0; 4-0) next week. You can follow every Pinecrest football game this season on MooreSportsRadio.com and Star 102.5FM. Our broadcasts begin at 7 p.m. with the Cooper Ford Countdown to Kickoff.
Box ScorePurnell Swett Rams vs. Pinecrest Patriots 1234F 0 0 0 - 0 7 24 14 - 45
Box ScorePinecrest Patriots vs. Richmond Raiders 1234F 0 0 0 0 0 13 10 6 7 36
Box ScoreSeventy-First Falcons vs. Pinecrest Patriots 1234F 6 0 0 0 7 7 3 10 0 20
The Pinecrest defense stole the show in the 23rd Battle of the Pines Friday with Union Pines. Pinecrest held the Viking triple option offense to -10 yards rushing and allowed Union Pines just 90 yards of total offense in a 49-6 win in front a standing room only crowd in Cameron. The Patriots also snagged three interceptions including a 28-yard Zyheem Kelly pick six midway through the second quarter. Pinecrest (4-0) scored 35 second-quarter points on touchdown runs from Savion Kizer (1 yard), Ben Garbark (3 yards), Nick Boulanger (3 yards) and Anthony Martin (14 yards). The Patriots forced a running clock with a 6-yard Martin score with 8:51 to play in the third quarter. Boulanger sprinted 65 yards to the end zone on the opening play of the game. He finished with a game-high 140 yards rushing on 13 carries. Garbark was 2-for-4 passing for 71 yards and he carried the ball seven times for 37 yards. Pinecrest finished with 421 yards of total offense, and kicker Jeff Yurk was perfect on PATs. Union Pines (2-2) found success just before halftime when quarterback Rory Board connected with Jacob Bowbliss for a 63-yard catch and run. Two plays later, Board broke through a scrum on the goal line for the touchdown. The point after was blocked. Board was 10-for-25 passing for 100 yards and three INTs. He led the Viking ground game with 7 yards on 7 carries. Bowbliss had 7 catches for 100 receiving yards. One facet of the game that will get the attention of the Patriot coaching staff was the penalties that stalled drives and negated several long runs. Pinecrest was flagged 14 times for 184 yards in the game. Union Pines was flagged twice for 10 yards. Pinecrest now leads the overall series against Union Pines 19-4. Friday's win was special for the Patriot program as coach Chris Metzger celebrated his 100th on the field win at Pinecrest. In 13 seasons, Metzger is 100-53 overall, 34-34 in league play. Pinecrest has an open week next week and will host 71st in the conference opener Sept. 27. Union Pines faces Albemarle next week. #goPinecrest #goUnionPines #MSRscores
Pinecrest football coach Chris Metzger collected on the field win No. 99 Friday as his Patriots humbled R.J. Reynolds 52-14 in Winston-Salem. Quarterback Ben Garbark ran for a touchdown and threw for two more as the Patriots improved to 3-0. Garbark lead all rushers with 112 yards on 15 carries including a 1-yard dive in the first quarter. He also completed 5 of 8 passes for 92 with touchdown strikes to Clint McNeill (23 yards) and Zyheem Kelly (11 yards). Pinecrest rolled up 376 yards on the ground that included rushing touchdowns from Kelly (17 yards), Anthony Martin (25 yards) and Savion Kizer (22 yards). Mac McFadden had a 24-yard scoop and run on the Reynolds opening drive to give the Patriot defense a touchdown in the second straight game. The Patriot defense held the Demons to 224 yards of total offense and pitched a second-half shutout for the third straight week. Jeff Yurk had a 30-yard field goal and Nick Boulanger had a 2-point conversion run for Pinecrest special teams. Metzger can get on the field win No. 100 at Pinecrest next week against Union Pines. He took over the Patriot program in 2007 and led the team to a 3-8 record his first season — totaling the success of the two previous head coaches in their combined four years at the helm of the program. You and your family are invited to join coach Metzger for Inside Pinecrest Football Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Char Bar 7 just off Morgantown Road in Southern Pines. The weekly show will take you inside the Patriots huddle for game-by-game analysis and a look ahead to Pinecrest's game with Union Pines. Bring the family and let’s talk Pinecrest football LIVE every Monday at 6:30 p.m. from Char Bar 7 just off Morgantown Road in Southern Pines. #goPinecrest #MSRscores
08/23/19 Concord   08/30/19 Southern Lee   09/06/19 @RJ Reynolds   09/13/19 @Union Pines   09/20/19 BYE   09/27/19 Seventy First   10/04/19 @Richmond County   10/11/19 Purnell Swett   10/18/19 Lumberton   10/25/19 @Scotland County   11/01/19 Jack Britt   11//08/19 @Hoke County --   FIRST ROUND   TBD TBD --
Zyheem Kelly had two special teams touchdowns and he caught a 44-yard pass for a third score as Pinecrest crushed Southern Lee 63-10 Friday in Southern Pines. Kelly, a senior athlete, returned a blocked field goal 63 yards for a score in the second quarter and he returned a punt 43 yards in the third. Pinecrest quarterback Ben Garbark was 3 of 7 passing for 66 yards with touchdown strikes to Kelly and Braxton Barber. He also had 2 interceptions. The Patriots had rushing touchdowns from Nick Boulanger (8 yards), Savion Kizer (16 yards), Anthony Martin (6 yards) and Ian Cooke (1 yard). Max Parkins had a 18-yard pick 6 in the second quarter and the Pinecrest defense forced a safety in the third quarter. Southern Lee was held to 154 yards of total offense — 80 of which came on a pass from Thomas Harrington to EJ Foxx for a touchdown in the first quarter. Kicker Daniel Pisano added a 19-yard field goal in the second for the final Cavalier points. Pinecrest improves to 2-0 and visits RJ Reynolds Friday in Winston-Salem. You can follow every Pinecrest football game this season on MooreSportsRadio.com and here on STAR 102.5. Our broadcasts begin at 7 p.m. with the Cooper Ford Countdown to Kickoff show. #goPinecrest #MSRscores
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