CONCORD Rocky Reid scored just once Friday night for Concord against Cox Mill. But the junior running back’s long runs gave his teammates plenty of chances to score.
Reid rushed for 248 yards on 29 carries, his sixth 200-yard game this season, as the Spiders captured a 28-14 South Piedmont 3A Conference victory. Reid has rushed for more than 200 yards in five straight games.
Despite three turnovers, Cox Mill (3-5, 2-3) stayed close to Concord (7-0, 5-0). The Chargers were a yard from cutting Concord’s halftime lead to a touchdown, but the Chargers couldn’t get any closer.
The Spiders pulled away with a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter. The Chargers’ Brian Jernigan recovered a Concord fumble and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown with under two minutes remaining for the game’s final score.
Concord reached inside the Cox Mill 20 on each of its first five possessions in the first half but could convert on just three. On its first drive, Concord faced fourth-and-1 at the 9, but Reid recovered his own fumble for a loss despite initially gaining first-down yardage.
On the Spiders’ next drive, Reid’s 46-yard run to the Cox Mill 20 set up a touchdown pass from Keenan Black to Cody Murdock. Facing third-and-12 at the 22, Murdock ran a curl route and caught the pass inside the 10. He curled back to the sideline and sneaked into the end zone for a 7-0 lead.
The Spiders doubled their lead moments later. Reid’s 54-yard run to the 20 set up Myles Neils’ touchdown run on a reverse on the next play.
Cox Mill answered quickly, scoring 52 seconds into the second quarter. On its third offensive play of the quarter, James Dees turned a possession completion into a 58-yard touchdown. He caught the ball in traffic and danced around four defenders before finding an easy path to the end zone to make it 14-7.
Concord missed on a 33-yard field goal attempt on the ensuing possession but used another big play to set up a touchdown on its next drive. Black, a sophomore, found freshman Hamsah Nasirildeen for a 46-yard catch-and-run to the Chargers’ 12.
Neils ran around end for an 11-yard gain, and Black followed with an easy quarterback sneak for a 21-7 lead with 5 minutes, 32 seconds remaining in the half.
The Chargers reached the Spiders’ 1-yard line before the half ended. A 34-yard completion on fourth-and-3 from Longmire to Andrew Matson put the ball on the 5. Despite two Concord pass interference penalties, the clock was not kind to Cox Mill.
Longmire was stopped at the 1 on second-and-goal. He was intercepted by Haywood Forte in the end zone on third down as time expired.
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