By Benjamin Cohn
Leicester – Erwin High hosted North Buncombe’s Black Hawks Friday night in a one-sided victory for the home team. Scoring nearly five times as many times as their opponents, the Warriors clinched a win, their fourth overall and their second in conference play. Friday night was also Erwin High’s homecoming coronation, the queen being crowned at halftime.
The BlackHawks, having won the pre-game coin toss, opted to receive Erwin High’s initial kick. North Buncombe turned possession over on downs with little progress made. Erwin’s first offensive play – fewer than five minutes into the match – saw star slotback Simeon Thompson (#3) rush for more than fifty yards for a touchdown. The point after touchdown successful, Erwin took an early lead with 7-0.
Again, the visiting team’s possession expired with negligible progress made. Erwin received North Buncombe’s next punt, with quarterback Kendrick Weaver (#2) throwing an eight-yard completion to Thompson for another touchdown. Five minutes remained in the first quarter of play as Erwin failed to gain a point after touchdown.
A third North Buncombe possession expired without forward progress made, a testament to the home team’s defensive confidence and, perhaps, trepidation on the part of the visiting offense. The first quarter expired quietly, the score 13-0 in favor of the Warriors.
Quarter two got off to a slow start, the score remaining unchanged for most of it. With less than a minute left to play in the first half, the Warriors scored again, quarterback Weaver (#2) completing a 22-yard pass to Thompson (#3) for six points. Weaver would contribute another two points to his team with a completed conversion pass to Tristian Brank (#11), the score 21-0 Erwin.
Sydney Hall, a senior at Erwin High, was pronounced 2018’s homecoming queen during halftime. Her victory was marked with a ceremonial tiara and an outpouring of emotion from her father.
Once play resumed, North Buncombe kicked off to the home team, with nothing of note happening again until the final seconds of play. Junior tailback Keavon Carson (#16) scored a small, two-yard rushing touchdown for six points, the successful kick afterwards leaving the third quarter score 28-0 in favor of Erwin.
Friday night’s final quarter of play saw a final Erwin touchdown, rushed by quarterback Weaver (#2), for six points, and a successful rushing two-point conversion by cornerback Monty Williams (#18) for another two.
The visiting BlackHawks would finally score, however, before the game’s conclusion. A final, successful two-point conversion was a small victory in the face of an otherwise disappointing match for North Buncombe.
North Buncombe’s next match is Friday, September 28 at home versus Enka. Erwin’s next match is also Friday, September 28th at West Henderson High School.