Shane Laws was one weary football coach Friday night.
But it feels a lot better to be weary after a win than a loss.
Two seniors made the key plays in triple-overtime for Reynolds, which escaped Statesville with a 52-49 victory in the second round of the NCHSAA 3-AA playoffs.
Thomas Blakey’s 30-yard field goal was his ninth of the season, and Khiry Lytle killed the homestanding Greyhounds’ final possession with an interception.
A.J. Logan rushed for 230 yards and four touchdowns, while Levi Ledford threw for 134 yards and two scores, both of which found the hands of Caelan Rhinehardt.
Ledford now holds the Reynolds school record for career passing touchdowns (40) after Friday, along with his previous marks for completions (389), attempts (648) and yardage (5,315).
He and the 13th-seeded Rockets (9-4) are the last Buncombe County team in the state football playoffs.
“We could have played better at times, but the boys battled and made plays when they had to,” Laws said.
“I’m really proud of these coaches and kids once again. It’s always a goal to have your season still going on Thanksgiving Day. Just to see how much this team has progressed is incredible. They kept coming in to practice every day with a great attitude and kept getting better when a lot of people had counted them out.”
Gardner breaks Owen record
Jager Gardner did not return home with a win in the second round of the NCHSAA 2-A football playoffs.
But the Owen junior still broke a 21-year old school record for single-season rushing in a 55-22 loss at undefeated North Rowan.
Gardner (2,583 yards, 31 touchdowns) carried the ball 14 times for 97 yards, passing Shawn Gibbs (2,555 yards), who set the record in 1992. Gardner and the Warhorses finished their best season in seven years with a 9-3 overall record.
Coaches vs. Cancer next weekend
Advance tickets for Saturday’s Mission Health Coaches vs. Cancer Shootout as well as a banquet and silent auction scheduled for Friday went on sale earlier this week.
Tickets to the Shootout (which will feature boys and girls basketball games at UNC Asheville) are $10, as is admission to the banquet/silent auction. Lenoir-Rhyne athletic director Neill McGeachy, who was formerly the basketball coach at Duke, will be the featured speaker.
The schedule for the boys games at Kimmel Arena are Christ School vs. Charlotte Latin (12:30 p.m.), Kinston vs. Winston-Salem Mount Tabor (2:15), Wilmington Hoggard vs. Smoky Mountain (4), Enka vs. Davie County (5:45) and Olympic vs. East Rutherford (7:30).
Girls games, which will be played at the Justice Center, include Kinston vs. McDowell (1 p.m.), Hoggard vs. Smoky Mountain (2:45) and Enka vs. Weddington (4:30).
Tickets are available through the box office at UNCA by calling 258-7900 or by logging onto . All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.www.uncabulldogs.com
Five to join Erwin athletic hall of fame
Erwin will add five individuals to the school’s athletic hall of fame between its home varsity boys and girls basketball games Dec. 3.
The inductees are Jack Blazer (class of 1957, baseball and basketball), Pete Chernous (class of 2001, soccer, track and wrestling), Wayne Golden (class of 1963, baseball and basketball), Teresa Braswell Jamison (class of 1980, basketball, tennis and track) and Sam Riddle, who coached the Warriors football team from 1973-80.