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A.L. Brown 28, Concord 21 (11/5/10)

November 6, 2010

by Leah Little

This is the oldest football rivalry game in the state of North Carolina, and these two teams have been fighting it out for the “Battle of the Bell” since 1931. The bell was donated by the Southern Railways in 1950.

Kannapolis A. L. Brown and Concord came ready to play and had circled the game on their calendars. Conditions were less than perfect as it poured rain the entire night, but the conference championship was on the line as well as playoff seedings. The Wonders from Brown took back the bell that the Spiders from Concord had owned since last year. A hard fought battle to the end but Brown pulls it out 28-21.

The game had special meaning for the Wonders as they lost a key defensive starter, DaJon Torrence, who was killed in a car accident earlier in the year. The team left the field with their pride and the bell back home in Kannapolis.

The Wonders amassed 257 yards rushing with MVP Travis Riley back in the lineup and 2 other running backs. The game was tied at the half with 28 seconds left when Concord threw for a touchdown.

Concord’s quarterback threw for 235 yards and came within one touchdown with 5 minutes to go, then recovered a fumble with 2 minutes left. It looked like they might tie it up until they were called for a personal foul penalty that pushed them back, and they just couldn’t get it done. Kannapolis Brown went home with the win as well as the bell.


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