By Bob Sutton
Special to The Alamance News
Southern Alamance’s football season ended when drives on its final two possessions were thwarted inside Fayetteville Seventy-First territory in a back-and-forth Class 3-A East Region semifinal Friday night in Fayetteville.
The Patriots fell 32-27 in their only road game of the postseason.
Fayetteville quarterback DeAndre Nance’s third touchdown run of the night was a 20-yard run followed by a two-point conversion that gave the Falcons a 32-27 lead with 7:08 to play.
Third-seeded Southern (12-2) moved across midfield on the ensuing possession before an incomplete fourth-down pass at the 3:33 mark. The Patriots got the ball back with 2:36 left at their own 41-yard line and moved to the Seventy-First 13-yard line, where a fourth-down pass was batted away in the end zone.
The second-seeded Falcons (14-0) will be home vs. No. 13 seed Northern Nash (13-1), which knocked off top-seeded Havelock 42-21, in a rematch of last year’s regional final. Northern Nash scored the final 35 points in its semifinal.
There weren’t such wide swings in Fayetteville. Southern had several leads, but never by more than a touchdown.
The Patriots went ahead 27-24 with 9:08 left on Logan Foust’s 1-yard run and Tristan Lyle’s extra-point kick. Foust ended up with 144 rushing yards on 32 carries.
See earlier story on Logan Foust’s dual interests: football and flying: https://alamancenews.com/from-the-football-field-to-flying-the-wide-open-sky-southerns-logan-foust-finds-time-for-both/
Southern led 20-16 at halftime.
The Patriots opened the scoring on Foust’s 1-yard run that came shortly after Foust’s kickoff return to the Falcons’ 6-yard line. Seventy-First went up 8-6 after Jayson Franklin’s touchdown run.
Southern was ahead on Landon Dodson’s 35-yard touchdown pass to Foust on fourth-and-6 on the first play of the second quarter before the Falcons went back on top at 16-13.
The Patriots used a halfback pass from Foust to Josiah Tysinger for 14 yards with 22.7 seconds left in the first half to regain the lead. Lyle’s extra-point kick made it 20-16.
Southern’s 20 first-half points matched the most allowed by Seventy-First in any entire game this year.
The Patriots used backup quarterback Bradley Capps, the 2022 starter who converted to safety, for chunks of the game on offense because of Dodson’s toe injury.
See earlier story on Bradley Capps’ transition from quarterback in 2022 to defense in 2023: https://alamancenews.com/former-quarterback-finds-niche-on-southerns-defense/
Teammate Jackson Parrish gained 53 yards on nine carries.
Nance ran 6 yards for a third-quarter touchdown and added a two-point conversion run as Seventy-First took a 24-20 lead.
Nance finished with 184 rushing yards on 15 carries.
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