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The Shallotte Middle School football ended a two-game losing streak by beating Cape Fear 33-8 Oct. 21.
Markel Jones had six carries for 162 yards, including touchdown runs of 65 yards and 47 yards. He also kicked one extra point.
For the season, Jones has gained 752 yards rushing and scored 11 touchdowns.
Caleb Morrison had a 1-yard touchdown run. Phillip Gause had four carries for 90 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown run and a two-pointer. Ricky Lachance had three carries for 56 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown run. Eric Bellamy had three carries for 38 yards. Blake Ponds, Dustin Darguzas, John Shipman, Hunter Howard and Chad Milligan had several tackles.
Shallotte lost 20-18 to Topsail on Oct. 18. Shallotte had the lead 18-6 in the fourth quarter but couldn’t hold on. Jones had three touchdowns and 175 yards rushing.
“Not making any excuses,” coach Mark Jones said, “but academic progress reports came out and we had almost 20 kids that couldn’t play due to grades.”
Shallotte lost 34-12 to South on Oct. 15.
Shallotte trailed 20-12 entering the fourth quarter but it gave up a long touchdown. South scored its final touchdown on an interception on the final play.
For Shallotte, Jones had a 45-yard touchdown run and a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jamar Bethea.
Shallotte is 3-2 overall, 2-2 in the Pender/Brunswick County Conference. The best it can finish is third place, and Shallotte can do that with a win over Leland. The game is 4:30 p.m. Oct. 29 and is Shallotte’s last home game of the season.
Topsail is undefeated at 6-0, 4-0 in the conference. South is second at 5-1, 3-1 in the conference.
“We had a rough couple of weeks,” Jones said. “The student-athletes who are still with us are working hard. The Topsail game was a tough loss. South has a good team, but I thought we matched up with them well. We just ran out of gas at the end.
“Cape Fear was a good win for us. Everybody got some action and we were able to play a lot of seventh-graders to get them ready for next year.
“The season isn’t lost. Our goal is to win out and finish up 5-2.”