Week 3 roundup: Union County football
UNIONVILLE — Senior receiver Tyler Ivey caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from QB Cameron Tripp on fourth-and-nine to give Piedmont High a 38-31 home win over Parkwood on Friday.
The Panthers, now 2-1, fell behind 31-24 with 7:01 left in the game when Parkwood's Jorge Martinez scored on a 9-yard run up the middle.
But Tripp, a 6-foot-7 junior, responded with a 59-yard touchdown run that tied the game with 6:23 to play.
Piedmont's defense held and got the ball back for the game-deciding 53-yard TD drive.
Ivey ran an out-and-up to beat man-to-man coverage on the play.
Ivey finished with four catches for 105 yards. Tripp rushed 15 times for 128 yards and three touchdowns while completing 6-of-10 passes for 120 yards. Kicker Taylor Baucom made a 33-yard field goal that gave Piedmont a 24-17 lead in the third quarter. Baucom's field goal was set up by Aaron Braswell's 72-yard run. Braswell finished with a game-high 151 yards on 13 attempts.
The loss overshadowed the performance of Parkwood (1-2) senior QB Grey Wyrick, who was 16-of-25 for 268 yards and three touchdowns.
Porter Ridge 28, Providence 24
INDIAN TRAIL — Jerrick Robbins scored on a 98-yard kickoff return, and had the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter to lead Porter Ridge to a 28-24 home win over Providence. The Pirates improved to 2-1 on the season. Robbins rushed 16 times for 87 yards while junior Grant Vandervoort had 86 yards on 13 carries. Porter Ridge junior QB Isaiah Hicklin gave Porter Ridge a 7-0 lead with a 31-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Hicklin also threw a 30-yard touchdown to Luke Bayly, who finished with three catches for 58 yards.
Union Academy 26, CATA 7
MONROE — Union Academy first-year coach Brad Hoover got his first career win, and it came against archrival Central Academy. The Cardinals improved to 1-1 with a 26-7 victory, led by QB Craig Twele and receiver Maliq Pando. Twele ran for two touchdowns and threw a 38-yard TD pass to Pando, who also had a 96-yard kickoff return for a score. The Cougars had more yards (305 to 185) and first downs (17 to 7), but turned the ball over six times compared to two for UA. Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton attended the game. Newton played a season with Hoover, a former fullback for the Panthers.
Pageland 35, Forest Hills 14
MARSHVILLE — Pageland Central's 35-14 road win over Forest Hills' football team drops the Yellow Jackets to 0-3 on the season.
Central jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and stopped the Yellow Jackets on downs twice in the red zone.
The Jackets finally got on the board with 54.4 seconds left in the half as a 20-play, 89-yard drive was capped by a 18-yard touchdown pass from sophomore Zaccheus Rorie to Gurus Huntley on fourth-and-10.
The momentum was abruptly stopped, though, as Pageland covered 55 yards in 54.3 seconds with Quan Welch running in from a yard out for a 21-7 halftime lead.
BJ Ashcraft gave the Jackets life with a 6-yard touchdown run with 2:58 left in the third to make it 21-14.
Pageland, however, scored on back-to-back possessions to put the game out of reach.