Pinecrest, North Moore record wins

Two of the three football teams in Moore County won their games on Friday. Pinecrest improved to 6-0 on the season, while North Moore won its second straight. Union Pines was the lone team on the wrong side of the ledger, falling for the second time in the last three games.  

Pinecrest 49, Southern Lee 7: The Patriots moved to 6-0 on the year, their best start to a season since winning their first seven in 2016. Pinecrest hammered Southern Lee for their ninth straight win over the Cavaliers.  

Chris Najm piled up 270 rushing yards, scoring three touchdowns, to lead the Patriots. Elijah Melton added a pair of touchdown catches. Makhi Carey caught a touchdown, and Cody Hansen rushed for one to round out the scoring.  

Jadin Baptist led the defense with three tackles for loss, 11 total tackles and a safety. 

Pinecrest plays another home conference game this Friday, against Lee County. The Yellow Jackets are 4-2, 1-1 in conference, while Pinecrest is 2-0 in conference play.  

North Moore 41, Bartlett Yancey 6: North Moore won its second straight game by beating the Buccaneers for the third year in a row.  

The Mustangs scored all six of their touchdowns on the ground, racking up 469 rushing yards for a 9.8 yards per carry average. Four ball carriers found the end zone and three recorded 100 yards or more on the ground.  

Nathan Rogers had 165 yards rushing and scored a pair of touchdowns. Kolby Ritchie added 155 yards on 13 carries and one score. Jakarey Gillis also hit the century mark with 142 yards. He scored a pair of touchdowns. On defense, Bailey Blue had 3 sacks, and Elliott Furr added two tackles for loss and a blocked field goal attempt.  

North Moore improved to 4-2, 3-1 in conference. The Mustangs will look to win their third straight at home against Seaforth on Friday.  

Union Pines 0, Scotland 45: The Vikings ran into a buzz saw, falling behind 21-0 in the first quarter on their way to a shutout loss at the hands of the unbeaten Fighting Scots.  

Zay Jones showed why he’s the state’s leading rusher, carrying the ball 16 times for 303 yards and five touchdowns to lead Scotland.  

Jeremiah Womack had the defensive highlight for Union Pines, recovering a fumble inside the Scotland 10 yard line in the first quarter. The Vikings weren’t able to convert the turnover into points, however, as the offense was stopped on a goal-line stand.  

Union Pines fell to 2-4, 1-1 in the conference. The Vikings will try to bounce back this week with a home game against Richmond. The Vikings have lost to the Raiders each of the last two seasons.  

Moore County Week Eight High School Schedule: 

Friday Oct. 6, 7:30 PM, Pinecrest Patriots (6-0, 2-0) home vs. Lee County Yellow Jackets (4-2, 1-1) *Conference Game*  

Friday Oct. 6, 7:30 PM, North Moore Mustangs (4-2, 3-1) home vs. Seaforth Hawks (2-4,2-2) *Conference Game   

Friday Sept. 29, 7:30 PM, Union Pines Vikings (2-4, 1-1) home vs. Richmond Raiders (2-5, 2-1) *Conference Game*

By Moore County Staff

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