Terry Sanford outruns Cavaliers, 34-7
Southern Lee got on the board first, but the Cavaliers couldn’t stop Terry Sanford running back Jahmaal Daniel after that Friday night in a Cape Fear Valley Conference game at Cavalier Stadium.
Daniel carried for 296 yards and four touchdowns and the Bulldogs (3-7, 3-2) handled the conditions and the Cavaliers (3-7, 2-3) in a 34-7 win.
Playing in what ranged from a drizzle to a breezy downpour, it was mostly the heavier rain early in the game as both squads tried putting drives together.
The Cavalier defense stopped the Terry Sanford running game early and the Cavs rushed for three first downs, but were then held on downs at the Bulldog 28-yard line, with their first possession.
Later in the first quarter, Cavalier punter Zach Western booted a 42-yard punt to put the Bulldogs on their own 1. Damian Brown’s tackle in the backfield nearly forced a safety on second down and the Cavs forced Terry Sanford into a fourth down only for back-to-back penalties on the Cavaliers to allow a first down.
The Bulldogs took advantage and marched the ball into Southern Lee territory before a fumble, with Cavalier defensive back Dylan Brown getting the recovery.
On the second snap of the following Southern Lee possession, Emond Caldwell lofted a pass deep down the left sideline hitting Aaron Blockmon in stride. Blockmon sprinted away for a 77-yard touchdown play. With Ethan Helsman’s kick, the Cavaliers led 7-0 with 9:21 left in the second quarter.
Terry Sanford turned entirely to the ground the rest of the way. Daniel and second-string quarterback Jonathan Blackmon led a tying drive, with Daniel carrying 29 yards down to the Cavalier 12, then going into the end zone on a 5-yard dash through the line.
The Cavaliers were moving the ball again on the ensuing drive before a Caldwell fumble and Josh Armstrong recovering it for the Bulldogs on the Terry Sanford 40.
A 39-yard touchdown run by Daniel made gave the Bulldogs the lead with 0:44 left in the half and it stayed 14-7 to halftime. Daniel carried 12 times for 136 yards in the half.
The Cavaliers threatened to start the second half with a score. Dylan Brown’s good kick return, out to the Cavalier 41, then a 43-yard run by Monte McLean set up the Cavs.
The Cavaliers reached the Bulldog 8 before a penalty, a loss on a running play, and then a errant pitch by Caldwell led to a Bulldog recovery by Paris Black. Armstrong and Black, a pair of 6-foot-4 senior defensive ends, hassled the Cavs in the backfield for much of the night and combined for five tackles for loss along with the two fumble recoveries.
On the next snap, Daniel carried off the left side of the line and raced away for a 77-yard touchdown run.
The Cavaliers held the next Bulldog drive with a goal line stand, stopping a quarterback sneak on 4th-and-goal at the 1 and stopping seven Bulldog snaps from inside the 10-yard line.
Southern Lee’s offense stayed bogged down though and the Bulldogs added two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, a 50-yard run by Daniel and a 1-yard dive by fullback Damonta Lance.
Terry Sanford totaled 386 rushing yards while the Cavaliers had 186 rushing yards. McLean led the Cavs with 12 carries for 83 yards. Caldwell ran for 40 yards and Patrick Bunnell had 30 yards.
Southern Lee moves on to the Brick City Bowl at county-rival Lee County at 7:30 p.m. Friday.