Sep 1, 2012
The crowd arrived early, decked out in orange and black respectively, for the Tri-Nine matchup Friday between Middle Creek and Fuquay-Varina.
The Middle Creek Mustangs proved more than prepared to remain the only undefeated team in the conference. David Salmon and the Mustangs used a giant second quarter for the second week in a row to build another 34-point halftime lead, and defeated Fuquay-Varina by the final score of 52-21.
It took the Mustangs nearly all of the first quarter to get going, but once they did, they could not be stopped. David Salmon hit Curtis Burton from 14 yards out to give Middle Creek the 7-0 lead with just over a minute remaining in the 1st quarter. The touchdown would be the first of five unanswered scores by the Mustangs.
Middle Creek reached the end zone once again via the Salmon and Burton connection, this time from 12 yards out. They would then take a 20-0 advantage on the legs of Salmon as he punched it in from 3 yards out. The touchdown was Salmon’s seventh in just over five quarters of football.
Just 41 seconds after going up 20-0, Middle Creek would score again, this time on a 3-yard run from Devon Johnson after the kickoff was fumbled by Fuquay.
Johnson would find the end zone one more time before half from 1 yard out to push the lead to an insurmountable 34-0 for the Mustangs. The run was set up by an 84-yard catch and run by Mustang wide receiver Jay Schuller.
Fuquay-Varina would continue to fight in the second half, reaching the end zone on touchdown passes from Tyler Williams to Quincy Mangum, as well as a 47-yard run by Williams, and a 23-yard touchdown run by Mangum. The closest the Bengals would get would be 46-21 with 4:30 to go in the ballgame.
Middle Creek would recover a fumble in the end zone as fans headed for the exits, and time expired on a Middle Creek 52-21 win in the Tri-Nine opener for both teams.
The win sets up a huge game between two of the area's best next week as Middle Creek (3-0, 1-0 Tri-Nine) welcomes the 3-0 Garner Trojans. Both clubs are ranked in the top 10 of the High School OT rankings. Fuquay Varina (1-2, 0-1 Tri-Nine) will travel to Lee County for another Tri-Nine contest.
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