North Buncombe and Erwin High faced off in the teams’ first game of the season. The Saturday game, Feb 27, at Erwin, started strong with a touchdown from the home team, but both teams would face its share of mistakes and turnovers with Erwin finally gaining the bigger advantage by the end of the game.
1st Quarter: All Tied Up
Erwin’s quarterback Korey Griffin successfully ran the ball down the field, scoring the initial touchdown. #18 forged Erwin ahead by scoring a field goal.
North Buncombe responded by securing a touchdown with two minutes left in the quarter. Quarterback Joe Jones caught a fantastic pass from Walker Corbin in the end zone. Kicker Wesley Rumbough followed up with a successful field goal. At the end of the quarter, Erwin and North Buncombe stood tied 7-7.
2nd Quarter Turnover
North Buncombe’s Trent Cole intercepted a pass midway through the second quarter, resulting in a turnover for NB. Erwin followed up with a touchdown, bumping them into the lead. By halftime, the score was 7-13, Erwin.
At halftime Gregory Bailey, Erwin’s retiring principal was honored. Bailey attended North Buncombe High before continuing his education with a BS at Mars Hill College in physical education and a MA at Western Carolina in school administration. In his 32-year career, he previously taught physical education at Enka and North Buncombe High. He served as an assistant principal at Pisgah High and the principal at Canton Middle School.
Bailey has been the principal at Erwin since 2017. The Er- win community honored his dedication to athletics and education with a game dedication (See picture and caption page 7 ).
3rd and 4th Quarter Roundup
To begin the second half of the game, Erwin QB Korey Griffin handed the ball off to #24, who ran to secure a touchdown. Er- win then had a two-point at- tempt, which #2 caught. The score was then 7-21, Erwin.
NB’s Joe Jones caught Erwin off guard. Instead of punting, Jones ran the ball on the fourth down to the 18-yard line. This fueled a first down and helped the North Buncombe offense.
Jones, an outstanding NB player of the game, then secured his second touchdown of the game. Erwin reciprocated with another touchdown.
Jones then caught another touchdown for NB after completing a pass from Walker Corbin. Caleb Lominac then secured a two-point conversion. But the two extra points for NB were not enough to catch up to Erwin’s stellar offense. The game concluded 21- 35, Erwin.
Editor’s Note: Natalie Cole also contributed to this report.