Union County vs. Blue Ridge
By: Brian Whitmore
Sports Editor - Union Daily Times
Union County will carry momentum into the playoffs after a 34-14 win over Blue Ridge on Halloween Friday night.
The Jackets ran wild most of the game with Lamont Edney and Michael Mebane each rushing for two touchdowns and a ton of yards.
"We've got a lot of young kids out here and tonight they played for the seniors (on Senior Night)," said coach David Lipsey.
Blue Ridge recovered an onside kick to open the second half. The Jacket defense held and the offense went on an 85-yard, seven play drive, all on the ground, to score. Edney ran 32 yards to set up Mebane's 22-yard run.
After a Tiger fumble, Edney scored on a 3-yard run for a 28-0 Union County lead.
Blue Ridge didn't give up. After a long kickoff return and a 39-yard catch by Bryan Ross, the Tigers scored on a 2-yard Sergio Carr run.
The Tigers (5-5, 2-3) again scored after a 74-yard, 14-play drive. Ross catches and Kenneth Littlejohn runs got BHS down field and Littlejohn scored from 6 yards out.
But the Jackets responded with a long rushing drive that iced the game. Edney broke free for 24 yards and then 42 yards on the way to his 3-yard scoring run.
Bryan Dill's interception put a period on the night.
"I'm proud of the physical play of our defense," said Lipsey.
The Jackets (5-5, 3-2) led 14-0 at halftime.
UCHS drove 66 yards in nine plays, all on the ground, for its first score.
Edney ran well to set up Mebane, who went in from 12 yards out.
Union County added to their lead with a 91-yard, five play drive. Edney, Bradley Robbins and John Simmons Fallaw broke big runs to set up a 13-yard touchdown pass from Nick Monroe to Tate Knox.
Alex Tucker connected on four point-after kicks.
UCHS, which clinched third place in Region III-3A, travels to Woodmont next Friday to open the playoffs. The Wildcats defeated BHP 13-11 for second place in Region I.
"Traditionally we've turned it on in November," said
Union County 34, Blue Ridge 14
BHS 0 0 7 7 - 14
UCHS 7 7 14 6 - 34
U - Mebane 12 run (Tucker kick)
U - Knox 13 pass from Monroe (Tucker kick)
U - Mebane 22 run (Tucker kick)
U - Edney 3 run (Tucker kick)
B - Carr 2 run (Bright kick)
B - Littlejohn 6 run (Bright kick)
U - Edney 3 run (kick failed)
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