It was a successful weekend for high school football teams in the county, as squads representing Moore County went a perfect 3-0 in Week Three.
In addition to North Moore’s win over Northwood, Pinecrest and Union Pines both landed in the win column on Friday.
Pinecrest moved to 3-0 on the season with a 27-24 win over Middle Creek, dropping the Mustangs to 1-2 on the season. It’s the second 3-0 start in the last three years for the Mustangs and the third in the last five seasons.
In a game where yards were scarce, Jaylin Morgan scored three touchdowns on his nine rushes for 43 yards. That included a five-yard scoring run with less than three minutes remaining that ended up being the deciding points in the game.
Quarterback Mason Koenen threw for 85 yards on 6-of-11 passing and had two interceptions, in addition to his touchdown to JT Medley. Corben Dallas helped preserve the win with an interception late the fourth quarter.
Pinecrest closes its non-conference schedule with a home game against New Hanover on Friday.
Union Pines posted its first win of the season in an emphatic way with a 58-0 blowout victory at Western Harnett. The Vikings improved to 1-2 on the year, while the Eagles fell to 0-3.
Anthony Goswick led the way for Union Pines, completing 10 of 15 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for another score. He also rushed for a two-point conversion and completed passes for two more conversions. Caleb Milton added 191 yards rushing and two scores, while Hayne Tobias had a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown, adding a receiving touchdown and a fumble recovery.
Union Pines will close its non-conference schedule this week, at home against unbeaten Randleman.
Moore County Week Four High School Schedule:
Friday Sept. 8, 7:30 PM, Union Pines Vikings (1-2) home vs. Randleman Tigers (3-0, 7-4 in 2022)
Friday Sept. 8, 7:30 PM, Pinecrest Patriots (2-0) home vs. New Hanover Wildcats (1-1,10-2 in 2022)
Bye Week: North Moore Mustangs (2-1, 1-0), next Sept. 15 at Southeast Alamance Stallions *Conference Game*