By JOHN LUCAS
For The Record
Turnovers were costly for Coats-Erwin Middle as visiting Shughart Middle rallied to win 14-12 on the Falcons’ homecoming Wednesday.
The win was only the second in school history for Shughart.
Shay Jackson ran for 35 yards on 11 carries and had a 50-yard touchdown reception to lead the Falcons (1-2).
Hayden Pope was 2-of-5 passing for 59 yards and a touchdown. Chandler Clark ran for 22 yards and one touchdown on five carries. Jamari Thompson had an 8-yard run. Tucker Reagan had a 9-yard reception.
Orlando Freeman ran for 74 yards and a touchdown on nine carries to lead the Blackhawks (1-1).
Coats-Erwin committed five turnovers in the contest: four fumbles and one interception.
After a bad snap on a Shughart punt gave the Falcons a short field, Clark ran for a 1-yard score for the early lead. The conversion attempt was no good.
Midway through the second quarter, Pope connected with Jackson for a 50-yard touchdown. The conversion was no good.
Coats-Erwin fumbled on the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter. That led to Freeman scoring on a 46-yard run to put the Blackhawks on the board.
Midway through the fourth quarter, a bad snap on a Falcon punt gave the Blackhawks a short field. That led to Asher Norman scoring on a 5-yard quarterback sneak. Unfortunately, he also suffered a leg injury on the play and was taken off the field in an ambulance.
When play resumed, Freeman ran for two to give the Blackhawks the lead.
Late in the fourth, Nathan McKoy recovered a fumble at the Shughart 46-yard line to give Coats-Erwin one more chance with 1:28 remaining. But with time winding down, a halfback pass was tipped by Cedric Alexander and intercepted by Keyshawn Barton to allow the Blackhawks to run out the clock.
Coats-Erwin is at Overhills and Shughart hosts Western Harnett on Wednesday.