Cuthbertson High Was Special In 48-6 Victory

Cuthbertson hosts Kings Mountain Sept. 8 (Photo by Paul Nielsen)

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By the Numbers

Cuthbertson 48, Anson County 6

1 Cuthbertson blocked one Anson County punt.

2 Cuthbertson intercepted two Anson County passes.

3 Cuthbertson quarterback Davis Walker threw three touchdown passes.

4 Cuthbertson scored on its first four possessions of the game for a 26-0 lead.

6 Six different Cuthbertson players had a reception.

Cuthbertson High was special in claiming its first victory of the season last week.

The Cuthbertson special teams set up the Cavaliers first two touchdowns and the offense and defense was clicking on all cylinders in a 48-6 victory over Anson County August 30. Cuthbertson lost its first two games of the season.

The game was originally scheduled to be played Friday, Sept. 1 but was moved up two days because of the threat of strong storms in the area. Cuthbertson (1-2) now has over a week to prepare for Kings Mountain, which visits Friday, Sept. 8 for the Cavaliers’ final nonconference game. Cuthbertson begins Southern Carolina Conference play Sept. 22 at home against Parkwood. Cuthbertson’s bye week is Sept. 15.

Cuthbertson scored touchdowns on five of its six first half possessions in building a 34-0 halftime lead. The Cavaliers defense held Anson County to minus-12 yards of offense on the Bearcats first five offensive possessions of the game.

“We came out and the kids played a true four quarters,” said Cuthbertson coach David Johnson. “I thought the kids did a good job of buckling down after they switched the game. They were ready to go and they were focused. I was super proud of everyone.”

Anson County’s only touchdown came on the final play of the game and Bearcats had just 27 yards of offense in the first half.

Junior Myles Wallace set the tone early when the junior returned the opening kickoff 79 yards down to the Anson County 16. Three plays later, Cuthbertson sophomore Logan Mauldin scored from the two for a 6-0 lead.

Addison Hedin then blocked a punt on Anson County’s first offensive possession of the game and Mauldin found the end zone four plays later after a short run for a 12-0 lead 4 minutes, 35 seconds into the game.

Johnson said Wallace’s kickoff return and Hedin’s blocked punt gave the Cavaliers momentum that they never gave up.

“We had been missing some of those energy plays the first two weeks,” Johnson said. “We come out and get a big play by Myles Wallace and then we get the blocked punt. We then got things going and we took off from there.”

Cuthbertson quarterback Davis Walker was 11 of 16 passing for 172 yards and three touchdowns. Josh Blocker caught six passes for 83 yards and one touchdown. Six different Cuthbertson players caught at least one pass.

“Walker is finding his rhythm,” Johnson said. “Walker is a great kid and he has a great work ethic. He is getting better.”

Wallace rushed 13 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns while Mauldin had nine totes for 43 yards and two touchdowns.

Joseph Rizzo led the Cuthbertson defensive charge with 12 tackles while defensive back Jackson Cheek had two interceptions. Cheek’s first interception came on the third play of the second half and Walker threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Kris Weber two plays later for a 40-0 Cavaliers lead.

“People got a false sense of reality of what the defense can do the first two weeks,” Johnson said. “The offense was struggling (the first two weeks) and the defense was on the field the whole game. When you are playing 80 plays a game on defense it is tough to keep the score down.

“But we were moving the ball, we had a bunch of receivers involved and the running backs got going. That took the pressure off of the defense.”

Johnson said the Cavaliers will face a tough test against Kings Mountain Friday.

“Juggernaut, a really good team,” Johnson said. “We are excited to play them, and it is like a playoff game. We need our fans out here. Luckily, we have a week and a half to get ready for them. From what I have seen so far, Kings Mountain is a darn good football team.”

Scoring Summary

Cuthbertson 48, Anson County 6

Anson County 0 0 0 6 — 6

Cuthbertson 20 14 6 8 — 48

First Quarter

CHS — Mauldin 3 run (PAT run failed), 10:50

CHS — Mauldin 1 run (PAT pass failed), 7:25

CHS — Wallace 7 run (Walker to Blocker pass), 3:09

Second Quarter

CHS — Wallace 2 run (PAT pass failed), 11:11

CHS — Grant 28 pass from Walker (Walker run), 2:45

Third Quarter

CHS — Weber 17 pass from Walker (PAT failed), 10:15

Fourth Quarter

CHS — Blocker 29 pass from Walker (Walker run), 11:55

ACHS — Jones 5 run (PAT run failed), 0:00

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Paul Nielsen
Nielsen was a sports writer for what is now the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for nearly 32 years before moving to North Carolina in February 2016. At the Democrat-Gazette, Nielsen's primary responsibility was beat coverage for Rogers High School. Rogers is a Class 7A school located in Northwest Arkansas.
Nielsen, a University of Arkansas graduate, covered the Northwest Arkansas Naturals Minor League Baseball team from 2008-2015. The Naturals are the Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
Nielsen has experience covering University of Arkansas athletics, including NCAA Tournament basketball games and several football bowl games. He also covered amateur and professional golf tournaments in Northwest Arkansas.
Nielsen lives in Matthews with his wife, Susan. He can be reached at