"Bend but don't break" was the motto for the Hibriten defense on Friday night.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) lists every state championship team in every sport dating back to the year 1913. However, there is one championship that has been lost for the last 55 years.
The Hibriten Panthers advanced to the second round of the 3A state playoffs with a 41-0 shutout over the visiting Patton Panthers on Friday in Lenoir.
The West Caldwell Warriors couldn’t outlast the unrelenting offense of Bunker Hill Friday night, falling 48-33 in a game that was closer than the scoreboard seems.
“We were just fighting,” said West Head Coach Kyle Dunn, saying it came down to whoever had the ball last and whoever made the fewest mistakes.
The game was a slugfest of offense, and by halftime, the score was 30-26 in the favor of the Bunker Hill Bears.
The Spartans’ Senior Night ended in heartbreaking fashion as South Caldwell fell to conference rivals, the Watauga Pioneers 22-21 on a last minute, two-point conversion.
The Hibriten defense came up with two big stops at the conclusion of the fourth quarter to hang on for a 35-33 victory over Hickory on Friday in Lenoir.
The Carolina defense forced four turnovers, including a pick-six off of Matt Ryan by Drayton Florence to lead the Panthers to their fourth consecutive win with a 34-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
The South Caldwell Spartans shut out the Tigers of Fred T. Foard in a controlling 36-0 victory at Foard Friday night.
Despite 10 fumbles — four of which were lost, including three on consecutive second-half possessions — and despite losing the turnover battle by a 5-0 margin, the Hibriten football team bounced back from its only loss of the season to defeat visiting Patton 21-13 on Friday in a Northwestern 3A/4A Conference contest at Jeff Storie Memorial Stadium.
The West Caldwell Warriors fell behind 21-0 early in the game and could not recover, resulting in a 48-21 loss to Lincolnton on Friday in Gamewell.
In a contest to win a televised pep rally and “team of the week” designation from TV station WCNC in Charlotte, Hibriten High School was up against four other schools – Anson High in Wadesboro, Nation Ford in Fort Mill, West Mecklenburg in Charlotte and North Mecklenburg in Huntersville. Every message sent on Twitter containing the "hashtag" of the school's name or every text sent to a number set up by the TV station counted as a vote.
Hibriten won and then some, with a total of 109,498 votes. The next-highest vote total was 5,079, cast by Anson High School.
Friday night football featured the top two teams in the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference as the Hibriten Panthers traveled to Morganton to take on the Freedom Patriots.
The East Lincoln Mustangs stampeded over the West Caldwell Warriors in a 68-7 rout in a game that the Mustangs controlled from the very start.
As South Caldwell High celebrated its homecoming, the Spartans put points on the scoreboard early and often, before cruising to a 44-0 victory over the Indians of St. Stephens.
The West Caldwell Warriors concluded their regular season with a 5-0 victory over Lincolnton to claim a share of the Southern District 7 2A Athletic Conference on Wednesday in Gamewell.
The Carolina Panthers are back to .500 following an impressive 30-15 victory over the visiting St. Louis Rams on Sunday in Charlotte.
Dylan West broke out in the second half, but not before West Lincoln had already broken it open.
Hibriten traveled to a chilly Boone to take on the Watauga Pioneers at Jack Groce Stadium. The game became a thriller as the Panthers were on the winning end of a 45-44 game.
The South Caldwell offense could never manage to find its rhythm, resulting in just six points and a 30-6 loss to Freedom on Friday night in Morganton.
South Caldwell snapped its four-game losing streak at Hickory Friday night, digging deep to secure the come-from-behind win, finishing with a 31-yard field goal by Nick Mathews with just six seconds left in the game, to put South up 37-35 as the clock ran out.
The West Caldwell Warriors could not recover from an early deficit, resulting in a 46-26 loss to Maiden on Friday in Gamewell.
On a night when Hibriten High celebrated its homecoming, the Panthers put points on the scoreboard early and at blinding speed, then cruised to a 49-7 victory over the visiting Fred T. Foard.
The West Caldwell scored five goals within the first 12 minutes of its match en route to a 9-0 victory over Maiden on Wednesday in Gamewell.
South Caldwell fought to the last seconds of the game in an emotional 19-14 defeat Friday night at home against Patton. The Spartans have now lost their last four games.