Cyclones smash Bethel Christian in regular-season finale

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KINSTON — Community Christian ended its eight-player football regular season — as well as a two-game losing streak — with a 50-14 victory at Bethel Christian on Friday night.

The Cyclones led 28-14 at halftime and shut out the Trojans in the second half on the way to their third victory in eight outings. By virtue of the win, the CCS took third place in the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A Colonial Carolina Conference at 2-2 while Bethel Christian, 1-7 overall, dropped to fourth place at 1-3.

The Cyclones will begin the NCISAA 1-A playoffs on Friday, Nov. 3, against an opponent to be determined.

Senior Avery Winstead rushed for three touchdowns and 76 of the Cyclones’ 228 yards on the ground. Also running for TDs were juniors Gavin Wiley, Tiquan Bunn and Chandler Conway, who finished with 78 yards on the ground to go with 52 passing yards. Wiley added 41 rushing yards.

Junior Jordan Allen snared a 29-yard touchdown pass.

Austin Conway had a pair of two-point conversion receptions while Wiley and Allen ran in one each.

Bunn led the defensive effort with 19 total tackles, including eight solo stops. Winstead and Allen each made seven tackles while Allen intercepted a Trojans pass.