The Watauga High JV football team won its fourth straight game Thursday night with a 24-6 win in Gamewell against West Caldwell. Quarterback Aaron Dobbins threw a pair of touchdown passes
to Justin Greer and Nathan Ford ran for a pair of touchdowns. The JV team (4-0) will begin Northwestern 3A/4A Conference play at home next Thursday night against Fred T. Foard at Jack Groce Stadium at 7 p.m.
WOLVERINES RIP WEST ALEXANDER
The Watauga Middle School football team had an easy time disposing of West Alexander Thurday night in Taylorsville. The Wolverines (2-0) raced out to a 28-6 halftime lead and never looked back. Case Taylor backboned a strong defensive effort with an interception and two fumble recoveries; Jon Weathers picked off a pass; Joey Watson recovered a fumble.
The Wolverines were also very disciplined. They only made one turn over and they were flagged twice for penalties. Evan Suggs led the way with three touchdowns, including a 52-yard run. He also scored on a two-point conversion run. Corey West scored twice---on a 19-yard jaunt and a 35-yard screen pass. Hamilton Castle scored on a four-yard run; Jonah Hodges caught a two-point conversion pass.
The Wolverines return home to play East Alexander at Jack Groce Stadium next Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
PIONEERS, WARRIORS SETTLE FOR 1-1 TIE
The Watauga High men's soccer team coughed up a late goal with five minutes left and settled for a 1-1 tie with West Caldwell Thursday night at Jack Groce Stadium. Collin Kreis-Potgieter scored WHS (6-1-1) only goal at the 50-minute mark of the second half. Logan Raichle picked up the assist on the play.
"I wanted to play a lot of kids tonight, especially with (Northwestern 3A/4A) conference beginning next (Monday)," said WHS coach Woody McKay. "Give them credit. The West Caldwell kids never stopped working, and they earned a goal late in the game."
The JV team defeated West Caldwell, 1-0. Nick Hellner scored off a corner kick by Austin Lubkemann. The Pioneers begin league play Monday at Fred T. Foard. The Tigers (8-0) are ranked seventh in the state in Class 3A; the Pioneers return home to play Hickory next Wednesday, September 12. The Red Tornadoes (9-0) are ranked fourth in the state in Class 3A.
WHS VOLLEYBALL BELTS HICKORY
The Watauga High volleyball team claimed another victim in Northwestern 3A/4A Conference play with a three-game sweep of Hickory Thursday night at Lentz-Eggers Gym. The Pioneers (7-1 overall; 3-0 NW3A/4A) won the match, 25-18, 25-12, 25-11.
Kristen Carter led the way with 20 assists; Channing Hagaman had 13 kills, Rebecca Hayes had eight kills, seven aces and three blocks. Keirston McClannon had 20 digs and three blocks, and Ashlyn Van Dyke had 20 digs.
WHS won the JV match, 2-1. The Pioneers (7-1; 3-0) defeated Hickory, 19-25, 25-16, 25-16. Sarah Combs had 24 assists, Sydney Farthing had ten kills and eight digs, Callie Idol had eight kills and Abby Hicks had six service aces. The Pioneers will host Cornelius-Hough and McDowell in a tri-match Saturday at Lentz-Eggers Gym beginning at 7 p.m.