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The Columbia Star * SC Sports SEPTEMBER 25 2009 7 By Mark Iwren T-shirts, special effects, and theme nights can help, but nothing generates enthu- siasm like a winning streak. A.C. Flora has one. The Falcons defeated neighborhood rival Dreher, 18-7, at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 18 for their third win in a row matching the team&apos;s longest winning streak in five seasons. A.C. Flora also won ' three in a row last season before losing its final five games. "If we don't have the right motivation and the right momentum for the upcom- ing region, we will not be abe to do anything, so having(a streak) is very importarL" ]alen Ayers said. The senor led the Falcons with 89 yds on 13 carries includirg a 9-yard score early inthe fourth quarter to seal the, vin. The streak- and ; 3-2 start- couldn't come at ;bet- ter time for first-year oach Dean Howell and histaff, who know the k to long-term success  A.C. Flora has as much to  with what takes place off ,e field as on. "We're tryinga create a little communitr excite- ment, a little school excite- ment," Howell sad. "We're trying to build erdmsiasm." To that erd, A.C. Flon proclaimed :he game l "Whi:e Out" right. The ten Wore all wbite, fans we enccurageci to wear wh:t and rcatching T-shirts re distriblted to students, ha packet the student secti,n of the hone stands. tudents of al'ages were hvited on the eld to form 1de corridor t team ran though while mldng its pregane entrance d a few Falcons third straight win comes against 00SLval Dreher Photo by Jeff Blake/ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com With a helpful push from teammate Pdcky Williams, #20, left, A.C, Hora rtmning back Cedric Comelius lunges over the goal line for a touchdown against Dreher. Photo by Jeff Blake/ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com A.C. Flora tight end Connor Lewis makes a long reception in front of Dreher defensive back Bud Jeter. some special effects to the moment. The Falcons added a few special effects once the game began. A 46-yard pass from Stephen Cagle to tight end Cannot Lewis set up A.C. Flora's second-quarter touchdown (an 8-yard run by Cedric Comelius). The Falcons faked the extra point and successfully converted the pass for an 8-7 lead. First-year kicker Lee Knudson kicked a 31-yard field goal just before inter- mission to build an 11-7 lead. The defense got in on the act by stopping Dreher on downs at the 5 after a 17-play, 8:36 drive to open the second half. (1-3) ran for more yards than A.C. Flora, 182-164, ran 10 more plays, and held a 4 minute time of possession advantage. "We were trying to kick (their edge defenders) out a little bit, but the problem was we couldn't get rid of those inside linebackers," Dreher coach Bill Bacon said. "Just as we were about to break it, those inside linebackers were coming Out and mak- ing some good hits." Leonard Kennedy led Dreher with 96 yards rushing on 15 carries. Jackson Edwards (44), Sheldon Van Dyke (30), and Devante Sims (35) recorded at least eight carries. However, it was a 5--yard pass from Edwards to Chas Barrineau that gave Dreher a 7-0 lead late in the A.C. Flora quarterback Stephen Cagle looks to pass against Dreher. Photos by Jeff Blake/ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com Dreher tight end Chas Barrineau hauls in a touchdown reception against A.C. Flora. drive was set up by Farting- ton Huguenin's interception near midfield. Dreher faces Keenan has an offweek before open- ing region action at Lower Richland on Oct. 2, That gives quarterback Cagle a more separated a shoulder on a running play to start the fourth quarter, forcing fresh- man lake Lewis to finish at fire e-,tinguishe added For its part, Dreher first quarter. The scoring this week. A.C. Flora (3-2) chance to heal. The sopho- quarterback. Cardinals take control of region with tough win over Skyhawks By (eorge Kaupp Senior Denise Jean- mougin had 0 kills and three blocks as tLe host Cardinal Newman Caflinals eked out a 3-0 win ecer the Hammond Skyhawksin varsityvolleyball an Tuescay, September 22. ,009. Game one of the natch saw neither team lead y morethan four points. ,ardinal qewman (10-2, 5--0 ia Regoz I-AAA) led most of tae way but four straight Dints of Katie Hood's serves ave llammond a late 23-22 lead. ut the Cardinals then won mree straight points to take ae game 25-23. Game two atured more of the sameas the Cardinals had a slighdead most of the game. The 5qrhawks (7-4, 4-1) fled the store a115, but the Cardi- nals scored 10 of the next 16 points behind the serving of IVeedith Mann, Erin Zander, aid Rachel Bruning who fin- ished with a 100% service ca to take the game 25-21. The third game was even closer than the first two. Both squads scored in mini-runs until they were tied at 12, then they battled back and forth until Caroline Hudon hit consecutive serv- ice winners to force a Cardi- Photos by Mike Maddock Cardinal Newman's Deni leanmougin goes for the kill against Hammmd. nal timeout with Hammond leading 18-15. The Skyhawks held a comfortable three or four point margin until 24-21, when the Cardinals called their second timeout of the game. This one turned around the team, as they forced a side-out and libero NazleyW'llson served consec- utive 9Dints to force a 24-all tie. Tt teams traded side- outs mill 26-a11, when Brun- ing hi'. two consecutive points t)give the Cardinals the ha-fought victory, 28=26. AlotWatson had 12 digs and set up most of Jean- mougin's s among her 38 assists for Cardinal Newman. Cardinal Newman's Nazley Wilson gets the dig against Hammond. Hammond's Amber Bennet and Bailey Dukes go for the dig against Cardinal Newman. 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