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Q POR | : ( Thursday, September 23, 1982-KINGS MOUNTAIN HERALD-Page 1B
Johnson, Pressley Run Amuck
Mountaineer Ground Game
Too Much For Warriors
By DWIGHT FRADY
Kings Mountain’s Moun-
taineers turned loose a pair of
twin trains, Tracy Johnson and
Curtis Pressley, against East
Gaston last Friday night at Ar-
Despite the fact that Kings
Mountain completely dominated
in time of possession and in the
‘ statistical department; the
visiting Mountaineers were forc-
ed to drive 89 yards in the final
two minutes and 12 seconds of
the game to capture a 21-14 vic-
For the first time this season,
coach Dan Brooks of the Moun-
taineers had Johnson and
Pressley in the backfield at the
same time. The two outstanding
running backs had been alter-
nating at tailback. But coach
Brooks moved Pressley to
fullback and kept Johnson at
tailback and it worked like a
charm as KM got its first victory
of the season.
Both teams are now 1-1 in the
Southwestern 3-A Conference
and 1-2 overall.
This week, Kings Mountain
travels to East Rutherford, while
East Gaston entertains North
Gaston. Both the Mountaineers
and Warriors need a win to stay
right in the thick of things early
in the league chase.
Johnson, a 15-year-old
sophomore who is 6-0 and 190,
didn’t score, but ran for a two-
point conversion, intercepted a
pass, recovered two fumbles, and
carried the ball 38 times for a
whopping 233 yards, including
156 in the second half. Pressley
scored all three touchdowns, in-
tercepted a pass, and carried the
ball 19 times for 146 yards. The
two combined to account for
379 of Kings Mountain’s 391
KINGS MOUNTAIN scored
its first two touchdowns on time-
consuming drives, and could
well have put the game out of
reach early in the second half.
Midway of the second period,
Bobby Russell’s 42-yard field
goal was short for East Gaston,
and Kings Mountain promptly
drove 80 yards in 11 plays, with
Pressley going over from the 1 at
the 1:13 mark. Brad Reynolds
kicked the extra point.
It was Johnson and Pressley
who keyed the drive, and it was
Pressley’s 35-yard run to the
Warrior 15 which was the big
play in that march.
Just before the half, Trent
Hullender, who intercepted two
passes on the night, picked off a
Henderson Wallace pass at the
Warrior 40 and returned it to the
32. After a pass incompletion,
only 20 seconds showed on the
Then Champion’s pass was in-
tercepted by East Gaston’s
outstanding linebacker, Leon
Shipp, and returned 95 yards for
a touchdown with only three
seconds remaining. Russell’s ex-
tra point attempt was wide left
and it was 7-6 at the half.
3 Kings Mountain took the se-
cond half kickoff and moved 78
Kings Mountain High’s
jayvee footballers will try to
break a three-game losing streak
Thursday when they host East
Rutherford in a 7:30 game at
The Little Mounties, 1-3,
dropped a 19-0 decision last
week to Hunter Huss. Huss
scored on a 28 yard run by Todd
Jones, a 23 yard run by John
Kendrick and an eight yard run :
by Latrice Lowery.
“The Kings Mountaineers,
‘Kings Mountain’s 9-and-under
soccer team, defeated Bessemer
City Storm 1-0 last week in a
Gaston County Youth Soccer
League match played at County
Park in Dallas.
Ryan Broadwell scored the
only goal of the match on a
BREAKS UP PASS - Kings Mountain defender Brad Reynolds
(10) breaks up a pass intended for halfback James Wright (33)
of East Gaston in Friday's Southwestern 3-A Conference foot- |
ball game at East Gaston's Arrowhead Stadium. The Moun-
taineers came from behind in the final three mintues to post
their first win of the season. 21-14.
yards in 13 plays, taking almost
half the quarter off the clock.
Pressley went over from the 1 at
the 6:02 mark and Reynolds
missed the extra point attempt.
Pressley got loose on a 30-yard
run in that drive from the War-
rior 44 to the 14.
! Right after the kickoff,
fullback Robert Connor’s fumble
was recovered by Johnson at the
Kings Mountain had a golden
opportunity to lengthen its lead.
They had first and goal at the
six. Johnson proved himself only
human as he fumbled on the
next play, with Larry Wallace of
the Warriors recovering at the 1.
KM was in good shape the
next time it had the ball, taking
over at the Warrior 39 following
a punt. But on the second play,
Johnson lost a second fumble
and Russell recovered at the 38.
From that point, East Gaston
moved 62 yards in 8 plays to
score. A pass interferece penalty
moved the ball to the KM 48.
On third and six at the Moun-
taineer 44, Wallace threw 39
yards to James Wright, who rac-
ed all the way to the 5 for a first
On the second play, Wright
boomed over from the two.
Coach Jerry Adams of East
Gaston elected to go for the
2-point conversion and it was
successful, with Wright plowing
over. That left East Gaston with
a 14-13 lead.
Kings Mountain then moved
from its 13 following a clip for
three first downs to the East
Gaston 48. However, with
fourth and four at the EG 42,
Johnson was held two yards
short at the 40 and EG took
3k ok ok
AFTER PICKING up one first
down and the clock heading
down to the game-ending
buzzer, Russell punted from the
KM 42 to the Mountaineer 11.
That’s when Kings Mountain
moved 89 yards in 10 plays. The
touchdown came when Pressley
bounced off several tacklers on a
wide run left and went 10 yards
with only 34 seconds remaining
in the game, and Johnson ran for
a 2-point conversion.
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TOP RUSHER - Kings Mountain's Tracy at East Gaston. The Mountaineers came from
Johnson (41) runs through a huge hole for
some of his 236 yards rushing in Friday's
Southwestern 3-A Conference football game
Total Team Effort,
Brooks Says After Win
By GARY STEWART
Since before the start of the
current football season, Kings
Mountain High Coach Dan
Brooks felt like his players had a
lot of potential.
It finally came around Friday
night at East Gaston’s Ar-
rowhead Stadium, where the
+: Mounties came from behind in
the final two minutes to defeat
the Warriors 21-14 for their first
win of the young season.
Now that the players and
coaches know they can win,
they’re looking for many more
victories. In fact, even a
Southwestern 3-A Conference
championship is possible.
“They’d been playing real
hard all year,” Brooks said
following the big victory Friday,
in which the Mounties rolled up
an impressive 391 yards rushing.
“They never gave up and had to
really believe to drive 89 yards
with two minutes remaining for
\ KM EG
First Downs : 21 10
Yards Rushing 391 92
Passing 0-5-2 3-144
Y ards Passing 0 73
Fumbles Lost 1 2
Y ards Penalized 6-68 8-95
Punts 0-0 2-31.35
Score by quarters: 1 2 3 4 T
Kings Mountain 7 6 8 21
East Gaston 6 0 8 14
KM: Pressley, 1-run (Reynolds Kick) !
EG: Shipp, 95-yard return of pass interception (kick failed)
KM: Pressley, 1 run (kick failed)
EG: Wright, 1-run (Wright run)
KM: Pressley, 10-yard run (Johnson run)
Player Carries Yds
Tracy Johnson 38 233
Curtis Pressley 19 146
David Parker 4 9
Chris Champion 2 3
Player Att. Compt. Inter. Y TD
Champion 3 0 2 M0 0
Pressley 1 0 0 0 0
Cloninger 1 0 0 0 0
~ RUNNING ROOM - Kings Mountain High jayvee running
back Lavar Curry (3) looks for some running room in game with
Hunter Huss Thursday at John Gamble Stadium. Huss won
19-0. The Little Mounties host East Rutherford Thursday at 7:30.
behind in the final two minutes of play to
defeat the Warriors 21-14.
the winning touchdown.”
Brooks, who is highly op-
timistic about the remainder of
the season, gave the credit where
it was due...to the entire team.
“The offensive line did what it
should have done, and gave the
backs the opportunity to run the
ball,” he said. “The line came off
the ball real well. Any time you
do that good of a job running the
football, the line has to be doing
a good job.
“But the backs created it,” he
went on. “Tracy (Johnson) and
Curt (Pressley) ran hard and
when you run hard, it makes the
line want to block for you. Todd
Cloninger did a real fine job of
running the team in the second
half. That’s the best offensive ef-
fort we’ve had in a long time.”
Brooks said the victory was a
combination of hard running,
good blocking, real execution
and steady defense.
“We got a real good, solid
defensive performance,” he said.
“They did something they hadn’t
done this year and that was run
a back out of the backfield. They
hit him twice but then we ad-
justed. We feel real good about
holding Henderson Wallace to
four completions. The secondary
improved a lot and the defensive
ends adjusted to picking up the
The Mounties had a little sur-
prise. for the Warriors and the
KM fans, opening the game in a
single-wing. Brooks used
quarterback Chris Champion as
a blocking back and center
Phillip Scism did a good job of
snapping directly to running
backs Tracy Johnson, Curt
Pressley and David Parker.
“We’d been running an un-
balanced line all year, and had
been fooling around with the
single-wing in practice,” Brooks
said. “It’s kind of interesting.
Nobody’s running it anymore.
Everybody thinks it’s old-
fashioned but it’s new to us and
-our kids like it. When you have a
good back, why not use him. Get
the ball right to him and let him
run with it.”
Johnson and Pressley alter-
nated between fullback and
tailback and accounted for 379
yards rushing. Johnson had 233
yards and Pressley 146.
Johnson’s total was the largest in
a single game since Kevin Mack,
now a junior at Clemson, set a
school record with 287 yards
rushing in the ninth game of the
1979 season at R-S Central.
“Both Curt and Tracy are ver-
satile and can play any place,”
Brooks said. “Alternating them
lets them block for each other.
Curt does some things at
fullback better than anybody
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