Pinecrest moves to 4-0, while Union Pines struggles

Two Moore County teams were in action week four, splitting their games. While North Moore took an early bye week, Pinecrest moved to 4-0, while Union Pines fell to 1-3.

Pinecrest 35, New Hanover 3: Pinecrest finished off a clean sweep of its non-conference schedule, winning its fourth straight of the year, 35-3, at home against New Hanover. It’s the first 4-0 start to a season for the Patriots since 2019.

Three Pinecrest quarterbacks threw touchdown passes, led by Mason Konen, who was 16-of-22 for 207 yards with two scoring strikes. Cody Hansen and Jaylin Morgan each threw for a touchdown as well. Zymire Spencer led the way rushing, with 97 yards and a touchdown.

The Patriots now have a week off to enjoy their undefeated mark before they open conference play following their bye with a game at Richmond.

Randleman 47, Union Pines 6: At Cameron, Edison Hernandez ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns and Daylan Atkins rushed for two touchdowns in Randleman’s, 47-6 road win at Union Pines.

Tyshaun Goldston made five catches for 109 yards and a touchdown for the Tigers (4-0). Amari Ferdna caught a 23-yard touchdown. Christian McLeod kicked a 36-yard field goal to open the scoring before Union Pines (1-3) held a 6-3 lead. 

Goldston’s 79-yard reception put Randleman ahead to stay. 

Atkins had two touchdown 1-yard touchdown runs. Micah Thurston ran 13 yards for a touchdown. Hernandez, who carried 20 times, scored from 3 yards out. 

John Kirkpatrick completed 13 of 21 throws for 185 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. 

For Union Pines, quarterback Anthony Goswick found Ethan Biggs for a 35-yard touchdown pass for the only score on the day for the Vikings, giving Union Pines a 6-3 lead. Harley Moyer had the big play on defense, recovering a fumble in the first quarter to preserve the early lead.

Union Pines closed its non-conference slate with a 1-3 record. The Vikings now open conference play with a road game at Lee County on Friday. The Vikings have not beaten Lee County since they became conference rivals in 2013, losing their 10 matchups by an average score of 49-6. The Vikings haven’t scored against the Yellow Jackets since 2020, losing the last two by 59-0 and 42-0 scores.

North Moore gets back into action after a bye week last Friday. The Mustangs (2-1, 1-0 in conference) travel to Southeast Alamance. The Stallions are 1-3, 1-1 in conference.

Prep football — Week 5

Friday Sept. 15, 7:30 PM, Union Pines Vikings (1-3) at Lee County Yellow Jackets (3-1) *Conference Game*

Friday Sept. 15, 7:30 PM, North Moore Mustangs (2-1, 1-0) at Southeast Alamance Stallions (1-3,1-1) 

Bye Week: Pinecrest Patriots (4-1), next Sept. 22 at Richmond Raiders *Conference Game*


By Moore County Staff

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