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.