CONCORD Friday’s high school football game between the Concord Spiders and the Central Cabarrus Vikings – two unbeaten teams in the South Piedmont 3A Conference – was as much a battle between their star running backs: Concord’s Rocky Reid and Central’s Kenny Purvis.
Both scored the first and last touchdowns for their teams as Reid led Concord to a wild 63-50 home victory to grasp sole possession of first place in the league.
Reid, a junior, rushed for 338 yards on 36 carries and scored five touchdowns, including a pass reception for 53 yards. Purvis, a senior, gained 308 yards on 20 carries and scored four times.
Concord, ranked tied for 16th in The Sweet 16, improved to 6-0 overall, 4-0 in the conference. Central, ranked 14th, dropped to 5-1, 2-1.
Keenan Black scoring the 14th touchdown of the game finally gave the Spiders enough cushion to pull away from Central Cabarrus. The sophomore’s 1-yard quarterback sneak with seven minutes, 20 seconds remaining gave Concord a 56-43 lead.
Reid’s 17-yard score with 1:25 left pushed the lead to 63-43. Purvis rushed five times for 80 yards on the Vikings’ last possession as he scored on a 16-yard run with seven seconds remaining.
Except for back-to-back touchdowns by Concord early in the first quarter, the teams alternated scores in the first half.
On Central’s first play from scrimmage, Hasaan Klugh connected with Tillman Cook on a 7-yard pass. Purvis followed up with a 56-yard bolt up the middle and ran untouched to the end zone for an early 7-0 lead.
On Concord’s second offensive play, Reid also found a quick hole through the middle, rambling for a 72-yard touchdown run.
Central committed the half’s only turnover on its next possession when Klugh appeared surprised by a long snap and watched it sail behind him. Concord’s James Williams recovered at the Vikings’ 21-yard line.
Four plays later, Terry Cassell weaved through the Central defense for a 5-yard score and a 14-8 lead with seven minutes, 57 seconds left in the opening quarter.
Three of the next four touchdowns came through the air as the lead exchanged hands six more times before halftime.
Riley McGee recaptured the Vikings’ lead when he hauled in a 21-yard pass from Klugh.
Cassell duplicated that with his own 21-yard catch on Concord’s next possession.
Reid’s 53-yard catch-and-run regained the lead for Concord, 28-22, after Purvis scored his second touchdown of the half on a 20-yard run. Purvis added a 65-yard burst to the left for a score to give him 209 rushing yards on 10 carries before intermission.
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