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Western win streak continues; Southeast, Cummings collect big league wins

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By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

At Elon, Josh Long returned two interceptions for touchdowns as part of a strong effort from host Western Alamance’s defense in the Central 3-A Conference opener as Western  defeated Orange 27-9.

Western (4-1) has won four games in a row. Orange (2-3), which has lost conference openers in five consecutive seasons, was limited to 106 yards of total offense.

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The Warriors opened the scoring by reaching the end zone on their second possession of the game. That came on Cam Cotton’s 3-yard run to complete a six-play, 51-yard drive that included two key passes from Evan Kuehnel to James Newton.

Evan Keuhnel

The Panthers made it 6-3 on a 34-yard field goal by Tyler Narold after taking possession of the ball at the Western 15-yard line.

Long ran back an interception 36 yards for a touchdown in the final minute of the first quarter.

Western’s defense did more solid work in the second quarter. The Warriors forced a fumble that Orange recovered in its own end zone, resulting in a safety for Western.

On the ensuing possession, it took the Warriors only four plays to score again on Marquele Harvey’s 16-yard touchdown run.

Long’s next interception return covered 45 yards for a third-quarter touchdown.

Orange scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter on Deandre Brown’s 4-yard run.

Kuehnel finished 9-for-25 for 141 passing yards.

 

Southeast Alamance 33, North Moore 0: At Haw River, Southeast Alamance took down the reigning Mid-Carolina Conference champion with a convincing home victory.

The Stallions (2-3, 2-1) scored 20 second-quarter points to take control. It marked the first shutout for the first-year program.

North Moore (2-3, 1-1) had won nine straight conference games dating to 2021.

 

Cummings 44, Seaforth 0: At Burlington, the Cavaliers played in their first home game of the season and they put on a show in the Mid-Carolina Conference game.

Cummings (4-1, 3-0), which led 21-0 at halftime, posted its second shutout of the year.

Seaforth fell to 1-3, 1-1.

Durham Riverside 56, Graham 6: At Graham, the visiting Pirates (2-3) cruised in the non-conference game. The Red Devils (0-3) scored their first touchdown of the season.

Eastern Alamance was off this week.


See separate story on Southern Alamance’s game at Williams:  https://alamancenews.com/logan-fousts-five-touchdowns-carries-southern-past-williams/

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