ELIZABETHTOWN — A Zach Meares 12-yard touchdown run with 17 seconds left handed the Red Springs football team its third straight loss on the road at East Bladen on Tuesday.
The Red Devils (4-4, 2-4 TRC) did not force a turnover in the 21-20 loss to the Eagles (7-1, 6-0 TRC) who have now won seven straight games. Red Springs has lost to the top three teams in the Three Rivers Conference by a combined six points this season.
As a team, Red Springs rushed for 267 yards but lost two fumbles in the defeat. The final fumble set up the game-winning score for the Eagles.
Red Springs’ Tony Locklear had a team-high 99 rushing yards. All the scoring for the Red Devils came from quarterback Denym McKeithan. His first-quarter touchdown run was from 16 yards out, while he added one-yard runs in the second and third quarters to give the Red Devils the lead at both points.
Lawson Hester led East Bladen with 130 yards rushing and had a one-yard score in the third quarter.
Red Springs travels to West Columbus on Friday.
South Robeson falls twice on Tuesday
ROWLAND — The South Robeson football and volleyball teams were in action on Tuesday, and both lost.
The football team lost 49-6 to Whiteville at home. In volleyball action, the lone team from Robeson County to make the postseason lost in five sets to East Columbus.
The football team (1-7, 1-5 TRC) plays at East Bladen on Friday.
Deese rebounds on second day at states
PINEHURST — Purnell Swett junior Madison Deese climbed 15 spots up the leaderboard on Tuesday in the final round of the NCHSAA 4A girls golf state championship to finish in a tie for 56th for the championship.
Deese shot a final-round 87 after opening with a 102 on Monday. A birdie on the 119-yard par-3 fourth hole helped Deese make the turn at 5 over.
Reagan won the team championship with medalist honors going to Reagan’s Sasha Hayes.