Excessive Faculty Soccer: Pinckney “Virtually Unattainable To Overturn” – Salisbury Publish
Posted by Mike London
GRANITE QUARRY – The senior East Rowan who trailed Sammy Pinckney ended his high school career with one of the most extraordinary games in county football history – 35 transfers for 393 yards and six touchdowns in a 51-23 victory at North Iredell.
The 393 yards broke school and county records for rushing yards in one game, while the six TDs broke the school record and tied the county record.
“That may sound strange, but it was a quiet 393,” said East head coach John Fitz. “I knew Sammy had a few yards, but I had no idea it was something like 393. I was shocked when I heard this because he didn’t have as many long as some nights. The guy from the PA in North Iredell was like Vin Scully, keeping everyone up to date. “
The six TDs came to 40 and 17 in the first half and 14, 11, 69 and 4 in the second half. Almost every offensive game in the east that night was a breeze for Pinckney.
Pinckney shares Rowan County Offensive Player of the Year with Salisbury quarterback Vance Honeycutt. He is only the second Ostoffensive laureate this century. The other was quarterback Samuel Wyrick in 2014.
But don’t expect Pinckney to boast about it.
“He’s a very humble kid,” said Fitz. “He’s not one of those kids who go around telling everyone he’s the greatest who ever was. He is always quick to give credit to others. That’s one of the best things about him. “
In a seven-game season, Pinckney produced 1,433 rushing yards and 15 TDs on 207 carries.
Fitz said his only regret was that the Mustangs didn’t throw it at Pinckney anymore. He is a capable recipient.
In addition to the monster game against North Iredell, Pinckney delivered big games against rivals Carson and West Rowan. He didn’t have bad games. He scored at least one TD in every game for a 2-5 East squad and always had at least 125 rushing yards.
“He’s a very determined runner who’s like a smaller version of Earl Campbell,” said Fitz. “It’s almost impossible to bring him down, he’s always spinning and fighting for that extra yard.”
The COVID-shortened season cost Pinckney a 5,000-yard career, but he finished it number 3 in the county’s history at 4,878 yards. He only keeps track of West Rowan’s KP Parks and Carson’s Shaun Warren on the county’s all-time list.
“A short season but we were grateful for the seven games we had to play,” said Fitz. “It could have been a lot worse. I have a buddy in California and they are only allowed to play three games without state championships. “
Pinckney (5-7, 185) also competed in basketball for East and is currently a key member of Fitz’s track and field team.
“I can’t say enough good things about him,” said Fitz. “He’s pretty good at these other sports. He’s one of those who always went out of his way to help athletics in East Rowan. “
Pinckney’s college destination has not yet been set, although schools like the state of South Carolina, Jackson state, and Hampton have shown great interest.
Fitz said Pinckney had had a sluggish start academically that limited recruitment, but he picked it up.
“He’s got a lot of things going on right now,” said Fitz.