Earl’s Pearls 4/2

By Earl Vaughan Jr.

It’s been a chaotic week for the Sandhills Athletic Conference, but when the big Easter egg hunt arrives this weekend, Jack Britt’s Buccaneers could have the best chance at grabbing the winning basket.

Britt looked like it was going to have a disappointing season as recently as a couple of weeks ago when it was shut down for a positive COVID-19 test. Games with Richmond Senior and Lumberton weren’t played, and three weeks into the season Britt only had a 1-0 record and serious doubts about what the rest of the season held.

Since then, the Buccaneers have strung together three straight victories, largely on the strength of one of the county’s best defensive football squads, and now stand as our lone unbeaten team at 4-0.

Meanwhile, Britt’s biggest rivals for top honors in the Sandhills Conference have fallen on hard times. Richmond Senior’s regular season has been ended by COVID-19 with a 3-0 record. Britt brought Pinecrest back to the pack by stunning the Patriots 21-7 Thursday.

Scotland fell to Pinecrest a week ago to suffer its only league loss.

That leaves Britt headed to Scotland, coached by former Britt head coach Richard Bailey, next Friday for the regular season finale.

Britt head coach Brian Randolph doesn’t talk like a man who is surprised to find his team in this position.

“We have guys that have bought into the culture we are preaching: discipline, teamwork and commitment,’’ he said.

That’s especially true on the defensive side of the football where the Buccaneers have yielded a single touchdown, and that came in Thursday’s win over Pinecrest.

“Those guys have bought in to Brian Frierson and his defense,’’ Randolph said.

“We have to play our game. If we do that, we’ll be fine.’’

 

  • Congratulations to South Viewcheerleaders Rylee Andress and Mikayla Montgomery. They were named to the All-Regional team at the virtual North Carolina Cheerleaders Association championships hosted online by High School OT.

 

  • A number of formerCumberland County high school stars received player of the week honors at their various colleges recently.

At Catawba College, softball player Jordan Dean from South View was South Atlantic Conference Player of the Week. Dean batted a blistering .563, drove in 12 runs, scored eight and had two home runs.

Cape Fear’s Gavin Williams was chosen American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week. The East Carolina University standout went a career-high six innings against Elon with 11 strikeouts, helping the Pirates to a 15-0 win. He allowed four hits and walked one.

For the season he’s 2-0 with a 0.92 earned run average. 

Another former Cape Fear standout, softball player Aubrey Reep, who plays for Wingate, was chosen as South Atlantic Conference Pitcher of the Week for the fourth time in her career.

Reep was 3-0 with 1.11 earned run average and 21 strikeouts in 19 innings.

 
PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Landon Sargent earned a starting position as a linebacker for the Cape Fear football team this season despite being a freshman on the varsity. But just two games into the year, Sargent’s days on the playing field came to an end when he suffered a knee injury. While Sargent isn’t playing, he’s still part of the team, and he recently joined his teammates during one of the regular litter sweeps the football team does of roadways near the school. Colt football coach Jake Thomas said Cape Fear has been doing the litter pickups three or four times a year during the eight years he’s been the school’s head coach. This is a photo of Sargent, complete with knee brace and crutches, during the recent litter sweep, still doing his part for Cape Fear football.

 
SCORES
MARCH 26
FOOTBALL
Cape Fear OPEN
Gray’s Creek 42, E.E. Smith 0
Jack Britt 7, Hoke County 2
Terry Sanford 14, Pine Forest 13
Seventy-First 40, Purnell Swett 6
South View 59, Douglas Byrd 6
Overhills 53, Westover 19
BASEBALL
Village Christian 10, Fayetteville Christian 0
Northwood Temple 21, Cape Fear Christian 6
SOFTBALL
Fayetteville Christian 20, Village Christian 3
GIRLS’ SOCCER
Cape Fear Christian 3, Northwood Temple 3
 
 
March 29
GIRLS’ SOCCER
Gray’s Creek 4, Overhills 0
Terry Sanford 0, Pine Forest 0
Purnell Swett 6, Seventy-First 2
Jack Britt 1, Hoke County 0
Village Christian 4, Northwood Temple 0
SOFTBALL
Cape Fear 3, South View 2
Pine Forest 5, Terry Sanford 0
Jack Britt 7, Hoke County 0
Rocky Mount Academy 12, Fayetteville Christian 1
BASEBALL
Village Christian 8, Northwood Temple 2
 
March 30
GIRLS’ SOCCER
Richmond Senior 2, Seventy-First 0
Pinecrest 4, Jack Britt 0
Gray’s Creek 10, South View 2
SOFTBALL
Cape Fear 17, E.E. Smith 0
Gray’s Creek 11, South View 0
Jack Britt 8, Pinecrest 1
Fayetteville Christian 13, Freedom Christian 2
BASEBALL
Freedom Christian 11, Fayetteville Christian 1
Village Christian 18, Cape Fear Christian 0
 
 
March 31
GIRLS’ SOCCER
Cape Fear 3, Terry Sanford 2
 

April 1

FOOTBALL
Cape Fear 28, E.E. Smith 0
Jack Britt 21, Pinecrest 7
Terry Sanford 48, Goldsboro 6
Pine Forest 26, Westover 6
South View 40, Overhills 0
Gray’s creek 56, Douglas Byrd 0
71st/Richmond canceled, COVID protocols
SOFTBALL
Wayne Christian 22, Fayetteville Christian 2