KANNAPOLIS, NC — The Victory Bell belongs to Concord for one more season.
The Concord Spiders beat the AL Brown Wonders 33-20 on Friday night in the annual “Battle of the Bell” in front of more than 8,000 fans at Memorial Stadium. The game was part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.
The Spiders, last year’s 3-A state runners-up, have now won two straight over the Wonders, earning the Victory Bell trophy — an old Southern Railways Bell painted in the winning school’s colors — in the longest running rivalry in North Carolina. It’s their first back-to-back wins in the series since 1985-86 (they won 21-14 last season).
Junior back Rocky Reid is well on his way to another 1,000-yard season for Concord, as he racked up 233 yards and three TDs on 16 carries and was named the Great American Rivalry Series Most Valuable Player. He had three monster scoring runs of 57, 82 and 54 yards.
The Wonders cut the deficit to 25-20 before Reid’s final TD run sealed the deal with 2 1/2 minutes to go. The Wonders, who have 35 straight winning seasons, had four turnovers in the game.
The “Battle of the Bell” is the longest rivalry in North Carolina, being played continuously since 1931. Concord leads the all-time series 41-38-4.
Up next Friday night for Concord (1-0) is Mount Pleasant, while AL Brown (0-1) visits South Rowan the same night.
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