The Kings Mountain Herald
September 25, 2003 .
GARY STEWART / HERALD
Fred T. Foard receiver makes catch between KM defenders Aaron Bolton (22)-and Chris
than three minutes gone in the game.
With Shreitah hitting some key passes and
also picking up good yardage on keepers
around end, the Tigers were able to drive
downfield to cut the KM lead to 7-3 on a 26-
yard field goal by Alan Saine with 3:37 left
in the first period.
Kings Mountain adjusted its defense and
began using corners Aaron Bolton and Chris
Patrick on blitzes, and Shreitah’s passing
effectiveness wasn’t nearly as great after
The score gradually got wider in KM's
favor. After Foard’s kickoff, the Mounties
quickly drove 74 yards, with Goode cover-
ing the final 69, to take a 14-3 lead with 2:35
showing on the first period clock.
Foard was able to get another 26-yard
Saine field goal in the second quarter to
make the score 14-3, but two quick KM
scores late in the first half broke the game
open. Banks faked a hand off to McClain
and rolled around left end for a 70-yard
‘touchdown run to make the score 21-6 with
5:55 left in the half, and Goode returned a
Foard punt from his own one yard line to
the Foard 36 to set up his own three-yard
touchdown run to make the score 28-6 with
51 seconds remaining.
Foard recovered a KM fumble at the
Mountaineer 31 early in the second half and
got an eight-yard touchdown run from
Brandon Carson to cut the margin to 28-12.
Kings Mountain bounced back with a 36-
yard field goal from Will Franks, an 18-yard
touchdown run by Goode and a one-yard
scoring plunge by reserve fullback John
Farquharson was pleased with the contin-
ued improvement in his team’s running
attack and defense.
“Defensively, we didn’t give up any big
plays,” he noted. “We had worked real hard
on our pass defense and I thought our
defensive backs Tyson Byers, Montrell
Banks and Martice Love, did a great job in
the secondary keeping them off of what
they like to do best.”
The blitzing defense played a big role in
the win, he added.
“We were a little bit more aggressive up
front,” he said. “I felt like we had to be able
to do that. We're small as far as the defen-
sive line but we've got some speed and felt
like if we were going to be able to put the
quarterback on his heels with some pressure
that we were going to have to do that. We
did that with Bolton several times and Chris
Patrick. They did a great job coming in and
As for the backfield play, Farquharson
said his youngsters have to do a better job
of reading blocks but, overall, he was well
“Sidney and J.J. do a good job,” he said.
“They're both unselfish. They work hard
and play hard.”
Farquharson hinted that finally getting a
win may be a sign of better things to come.
“Our kids have worked hard,” he said.
“They took their lumps in the off-season.
They've committed to getting better every
week. They're giving up a lot of time to
learn and to get better and they put it
together to win and I think if they continue
to do that they're going to find themselv~-
in that situation again.”
GARY STEWART / HERALD
Offensive line coach Michael Wilbanks goes over play with co-captain Sam McGinnis
season, KM has shown steady improvement
in the running game and defense. A strong
ground attack will be needed to keep Burns’
high-powered passing offense off the field.
“I think anytime you play a team that
likes to throw as much as they do, and
spread it out, if they can hit you quick and
get up then they can play defense,”
Farquharson said. “We're going to have to
not let that happen, and come back and
challenge them with our offense. So, I like
our chances. I think if we run the ball well
we're all on the same page, and that can
make for a long football game.”
Kings Mountain's running attack centers
around a pair of talented sophomores, tail-
back Sidney Goode and fullback J.J.
McClain, but senior Montrell Banks, in his
first year starting at quarterback, has also
been more impressive and effective as each
week goes by.
As far as their offensive and defensive
schemes, Farquharson said Burns is very
similar to Fred T. Foard.
“They kind of run the same defense,” he
said. “Their game plan is to throw the ball.
They have an excellent receiver in (Josh)
Briscoe which is going to challenge us again
to get them out of their game plan.”
Briscoe, a junior who has been starting
since his freshman season, is probably the
st versatile athlete in the SWFH. He is
not only an outstanding pass receiver who
runs well after the catch, but he also excels
in the defensive secondary.
Sophomore quarterback Travis Withrow
has taken up right where last year’s NC 3A
Mr. Football, Troy Goss, left off, leading a
passing attack that is second to none.
Fullback Brandon Jackson and a big, experi-
enced offensive line give the Bulldogs a
powerful inside running game.
“They're big and strong kids,” says
Farquharson, “and they're going to give us
a great football game. They're a good foot-
ball team. They're coached well. We're
going to have to come in and keep our
defense off the field. We have to control the
ball and control the clock and put some
points on the board.”
Kings Mountain's game plan may have to
be similar to Forestview’s, which was to put
a strong running attack on the field and cap-
italize on turnovers.
“Forestview, I think, had a bend but don’t
break type attitude,” Farquharson said after
watching film of the game. “They were
down three touchdowns at halftime and
were able to come back and capitalize on
turnovers. We all know if you turn the ball
over that’s going to make it difficult.
“They (Forestview) had a back that
rushed the ball for 154 yards, so they were
able to hold the ball and capitalize on some
turnovers. They had some three and outs
and the second part of the game kept the
Burns offense off the field, which is some-
thing we'll have to be able to do.”
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