By Bob Sutton
Special to The Alamance News
There were good signs all around for Southern Alamance’s football team in another Central 3-A Conference triumph Friday night.
The Patriots maintained first-place by zipping past visiting Orange 49-0 on homecoming.
Jackson Parrish scored three touchdowns and Logan Foust and Josiah Tysinger each scored two.
“All night our line was pushing them,” Tysinger said. “Our job is to keep moving. We had to set the dominance for next week.”
That’s because there will be a massive showdown for the Patriots at Eastern Alamance.
Southern (7-1, 4-0 Central 3-A Conference) stayed on track coming off an open week on the schedule. The Patriots scored three touchdowns in the first eight minutes. A 42-0 halftime score meant a running clock was used for the second half.
“Great performance for the team,” coach Fritz Hessenthaler said. ”It was dominant. And we were able to work on some things offensively that are some twists.”
Foust, who suffered an injured left arm two weeks earlier at Roxboro Person, scored the first touchdown on a 4-yard run and added a 67-yard scoring run in the second quarter.
“Just seeing how it would go, getting me back into it,” Foust said. “Just take care of business.”
Foust, wearing a brace on the arm, did so by gaining 164 yards on four carries. He played only one series on defense and had only one carry after the first quarter. Hessenthaler said there was no need to see any more with crucial games ahead.
“He was burning it up,” Hessenthaler said. “We’re preparing for hopefully a long run.”
Parrish, who gained 80 yards on eight carries, had touchdown runs of 2, 3, and 28 yards. Tysinger, who picked up 84 yards on nine attempts, ran in from 1 and 25 yards.
Southern’s Myles Darroch had a couple of notable plays. He returned the game’s opening kickoff to the Orange 4-yard line. Later in the first half, the Panthers (3-6, 1-4) lined up for a 35-yard field goal, but Darroch blocked that attempt.
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Eastern Alamance 34, Roxboro Person 20: At Roxboro, the visiting Eagles scored the game’s final 21 points in a game between Central 3-A Conference contenders.
Quarterback Jason Ball ran for a go-ahead 74-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. He helped seal the outcome with another touchdown on a short run in the fourth quarter.
Eastern (7-1, 3-1) has won two straight since a one-point loss at Williams.
Roxboro Person (5-3, 2-2) scored first after blocking an Eastern Alamance field goal attempt and making a long return. The Rockets ended up in the end zone on the next play.
Roxboro Person had a 14-13 lead at halftime and extended their lead by returning a fumble for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Eastern’s first-half touchdowns came on Samuel’s 57-yard yard run and Ball’s 65-yard scoring pass to Charlie Deacon.
Samuel scored again with his touchdown run in the third quarter, when Eastern pulled even at 20-20.
Western Alamance 65, Cedar Ridge 6: At Hillsborough, the visiting Warriors did plenty enough in the first half, building a 58-6 halftime advantage.
Western (5-3, 2-2) snapped a two-game losing streak with a season-high point total.
Cedar Ridge (0-9, 0-5) played in its home finale.
Cummings 48, Northwood 29: At Pittsboro, visiting Cummings won its first big test in Mid-Carolina Conference play to remain unbeaten in the league.
The Cavaliers (7-1, 6-0) got cranked up early.
Northwood (6-3, 5-2) scored first on a field goal, but Jonathan Paylor ran 57 yards on Cummings’ first snap. The Cavaliers added to their lead on quarterback Devin Witherspoon’s 75-yard run down the sideline for the first points of the second quarter.
Paylor’s 9-yard run before halftime helped stretch the lead to 20-10.
Southeast Alamance 34, Seaforth 10: At Pittsboro, the visiting Stallions stretched their winning streak to four games.
Southeast (5-3, 5-1), which remains in a share of second place in the Mid-Carolina Conference, led 13-10 at halftime.
Seaforth fell to 2-6, 2-4.
North Moore 42, Graham 6: At Robbins, the host Mustangs (6-2, 5-1) stayed in contention to repeat as Mid-Carolina Conference champions.
Graham (1-6, 1-4) didn’t score until North Moore led 42-0. The Red Devils will complete a suspended game with visiting Bartlett Yancey on Monday night.
Williams was off Friday night.