Andrews Dominates Larger Opponent

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The Andrews Wildcats hosted the North Buncombe Black Hawk this past Friday. Coming into the game many thought Andrews might have a tough time with a larger 3A opponent with a larger roster. Yet as many have come accustomed to over the past year is to never underestimate the fight of this Wildcat team. From the opening kickoff to the last whistle the Wildcats were in complete control en route to a lopsided win. 

After forcing a 3 and out the Wildcats got some good luck. As the Black Hawks hit their up back on their attempted punt. It only took one play for the Wildcats to take advantage as Isaac Weaver ripped off a 37-yard touchdown run. On the ensuing Black Hawk drive, Isaac Weaver showed up again this time intercepting a deep pass attempt. 

AndrewsOn their third drive of the game, Andrews found the endzone again to increase their lead to two scores. It was on a great effort by Isaac Weaver who broke multiple tackles on his way to the endzone. After a quick stop on defense, the Andrews offense quickly found the endzone again. Donovan Bateman hit Weaver on a short swing pass, and Weaver did the rest taking it 60 yards to the endzone. Their last score of the half was a great run by Kaden Edwards who scored from 18-yards out. Finally, the half-finished off with Isaac Weaver picking off his second pass of the game. This allowed Andrews to take a 28-0 lead into halftime. 

The second half did see North Buncombe outscore Andrews but the Wildcats already had a commanding lead. It was good to see lots of Wildcats get involved on offense in the second half as well. Seven different players carried the ball and Andrews was able to put 442 all-purpose yards. Average a staggering 8 yards a carry and 28.5 yards per pass completion. This all totaled up to a big 44-20 win for Andrews improving their record to 2-0.

Andrews plays next on Friday, September 10th, hosting the Mitchell Mountaineers in a prime-time matchup.

NCHSAA extends dead period until June 15th

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The North Carolina High School Board of Directors held a meeting Monday night, May 25th, where the decision was made to extend the Coronavirus dead period until June 15th. 

 

Originally the dead period was set to be over on June 1st, however the vote to extend it was unanimous. NCHSAA commissioner Que Tucker held a press conference for members of the media at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Tucker said that the NCHSAA plans to allow all sports to resume when the dead period ends, but there will be restrictions and no contact will be allowed.

When asked about fall sports Tucker said that the NCHSAA is moving forward as if fall sports will begin on August 1st. Currently the NCHSAA isn’t considering moving sports seasons.

The commissioner stated, “We don’t think it is even wise to begin talking about moving sports seasons right now, “We’re not really entertaining that.” However, the NCHSAA has come up with a plan if fall sports are unable to start on time. It could be a shortened regular season or a reduced number of playoff teams, but the change of one season does not mean

Commissioner Que Tucker
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that other seasons will be altered. 

 

Here are some key takeaways from the press conference: 

 

  • NCHSAA plans to allow all sports to resume when the June 15th deadline hits, not just a select few. No contact will be allowed and there will be restrictions from the state level. 
  • NCHSAA says that schools and athletic departments should be using this time to gather things such as gloves, masks, cleaning supplies and sanitizer in abundance in order to safely operate practices and reduce the risk of Coronavirus. 
  • North Carolina schools will receive guidelines no later than one week after the dead period ends. 
  • No change has been made to the realignment calendar as the by-laws require realignment to happen every four years, and this is the fourth year. 
  • The NCHSAA realizes that it is impossible to stop every student-athlete from contracting the Coronavirus, but says they are being very diligent in trying to stop the spread and that is why there was no fuss in terms of moving the dead period another 2 weeks. 
  • The NCHSAA has taken an 8-10% hit financially speaking because of the Coronavirus. 

The NCHSAA also sent out an email to members of the association, in which it read “If pandemic conditions in NC continue to improve, summer activities could begin June 15th.”  

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