LAKE VIEW, S.C. — Last season’s matchup with Lake View, S.C. proved to be a turning point for the Fairmont football team in all the wrong ways.
What a difference a year makes.
The Golden Tornadoes put the rivalry on the back burner Friday and instead focused on the game in a 40-8 win. Fairmont scored on the first play of the game and kept it rolling from there.
“Our kids put that behind them when the season started,” Fairmont coach Randy Ragland said. “They just went out there for one reason and that was to play a football.”
It puts the Tornadoes at perfect 4-0, which was where Ragland wanted the team to be following its non-conference schedule, and was the best defensive performance the team has had all year.
The defense made up for six turnovers on the offensive end, one of which led to Lake View’s only touchdown after Fairmont fumbled a lateral on a screen pass.
Ragland said the issues were primarily players trying to make plays.
“I think we were pushing way too much just trying to make things happen” Ragland said.
Shemar Barfield had four touchdown catches and Fairmont had rushing touchdowns from Frederique Baldwin and Shyheim Hines.
Seventy-First tops Lumberton in OT
FAYETTEVILLE — A two-point conversion by Eric McCoy was the difference in Lumberton’s 30-29 loss to Seventy First in overtime.
The Pirates trailed 14-7 at half and 22-7 at the end of the third quarter but got touchdown runs from Robert Andrews and Demitri Sheridan to tie it in the fourth quarter.
Lumberton got the ball first in overtime and scored on a 13-yard run by Sheridan. Eric McCoy then responded with a touchdown and the winning two-point conversion.
Late burst stops Purnell Swett
PEMBROKE — A failed fourth-down conversion turned the tide in New Hanover’s 35-20 win against Purnell Swett.
Shortly after the Rams had tied the game at 14-14 in the third quarter, the Rams tried for a conversion in on fourth-and-four in New Hanover territory and the ensuing drive led to a 57-yard run by Ramone Simpson that broke the game open early in the fourth quarter.
New Hanover scored 21 of its 35 points in the final frame, all on runs by Simpson, who ran for 251 yards on 21 carries and scored four touchdowns. The New Hanover offense had more than 350 yards rushing and also had 139 passing yards.
Purnell Swett used a balanced approach, getting 54 yards from Triston Jacobs. Quarterback Tristan Lowry went 8-20 for 115 yards and had a rushing touchdown.
Seventy-First 30, Lumberton 29, (OT)
Lumberton 0 0 7 15 7 —
Seventy-First 6 8 8 0 8 —
SF — Marquez Lock (Conversion failed)
SF — Lock 9 run (Lock run)
L — Josh Sheridan 5 run (Kick good)
SF — Jamel Joliffe 6 run (Lock run)
L – Robert Andrews 13 run (Andrews run)
L — Sheridan 6 run (Kick good)
L — Sheridan 13 run (Kick good)
SF — Eric McCoy run (McCoy run)
Fairmont 40, Lakeview 8
Fairmont 6 8 20 6 — 40
Lake View 0 8 0 0 — 8
New Hanover 35, Purnell Swett 20
New Hanover 14 0 0 21 — 35
Purnell Swett 0 0 14 6 — 20
NH — Ramone Simpson 23 run (Kirian Abb kick)
NH — Simpson 12 run (Abb kick)
PS — Jordan Chavis 11 pass from Tristan Lowry (Triston Hunt kick)
PS — Lowry 1 run (Hunt kick)
NH — Simpson 57 run (Abb kick)
NH — Simpson 4 run (Abb kick)
PS — Triston Jacobs 5 run (Kick failed)
NH — Simpson 15 run (Abb kick)
NH — Simpson 21-251, Terron Piedra 10-90, Malachi Mosley 6-24; PS— Jacobs 13-54, Braylan Locklear 8-14, Lowry 10-12
NH — Ward Coleman 10-24, 1 int, 139; PS — Lowry 8-20, 2 int, 115 yards
NH — Parese Williams 4-64, Simpson 4-42, Trey Age 1-21, Travon Holliday 1-12; PS — Jordan Chavis 3-80, Tyler Maynor 3-18, Donovan Locklear 2-17.