Game resumes Sat. at 11; Davie 33, Kannapolis 29
In a nonconference battle with all kinds of twists and turns, Davie County charged to a 19-0 lead, A.L. Brown countered with 22 unanswered points and there were four lead changes in the second half.
Then with 8:34 remaining, the game was suspended with the War Eagles in front 33-29. The game will resume Saturday at 11 a.m.
The War Eagles scored on their first four possessions. Nate Hampton threw 55- and 27-yard touchdowns to Evan Little and Chase Robertson, respectively. Little got behind everybody, caught it at the Brown 22 and cruised to the end zone. Robertson made a spectacular catch in the end zone, wrestling the ball away from the defender and barely keeping his feet in bounds. Junior Guillermo “Willy” Moure – who had made one field goal in his Davie career, a 26-yarder – knocked through 42- and 44-yarders to push Davie’s lead to 19-0.
Davie had its foot on the Wonders’ throat before giving them life with 62 seconds remaining in the first half. Davie tried an option run. Running back DeVonte Lyerly couldn’t handle a pitch that was off target. The fumble pinballed backward 14 yards and Brown’s Josiah Cauthen recovered in the end zone to bring his team within 19-7 at intermission.
The Wonders’ offense awakened with a fury in the third quarter. Jose Vargas triggered a scoring drive with a one-handed, 30-yard catch. Five runs later, A.L. Brown was in the end zone.
Davie drove from its 24-yard line to the Brown 22, thanks to Lyerly’s 16-yard run on third down and first-down receptions by Zymere Hudson and Jack Reynolds. Lyerly, though, lost a fumble at the Brown 15.
The Wonders cashed in Davie’s second turnover. Jakhiry Bennett went 48 yards for a score on a jet sweep, and Cam Kromah threw a two-point pass to Austin Grunden to give the Wonders a 22-19 lead. They had 45 rushing yards for the game before Bennett’s explosion.
Davie answered in breathtaking style. Za’Haree Maddox caught a bubble screen. He threw a vicious stiff arm at the Davie 40, broke free and won a footrace down the right sideline for a 65-yard TD as Davie regained a 26-22 lead.
The Wonders came right back. Vargas’ 25-yard catch over the middle put the ball at the Davie 3, and Bennett scored on the next play to cap an 11-play, 81-yard drive. They were back ahead 29-26.
After the teams exchanged punts, Davie drove 56 yards on its first possession of the fourth quarter. Hampton’s 14-yard completion to Reynolds converted third-and-7, and Reynolds’ 11-yarder moved the chains again. Then Hampton threw his fourth TD of the night, a 24-yard fade to Hudson.
The Wonders’ fumbled the ensuing kickoff. They recovered but were backed up at their six-yard line. Kristian Lyons’ minus-1 tackle on the edge set up third-and-8 from the Brown 8. That’s when, at 9:34 p.m., lightning was detected in the area and the game was stopped.
For Brown, Bennett has 16 carries for 112 yards, Kromah is 19 of 29 for 210 passing yards and Vargas has eight grabs for 102 yards.
For Davie, Hampton is 20 of 36 for 364 yards and four TDs, without a turnover. Reynolds has seven catches for 116 yards and Maddox four catches for 94 yards.