Bucks suffer shutout loss in home opener 

Kaylynn Jackson, For North State Journal
Zion Smith (Sr.) OLB celebrates a play during the game last week.

After recording a 7-0 win on the road in the season’s opening weekend, the Hoke County Bucks hoped to follow up with a successful home opener on Aug. 25.  

Instead, Hoke County dropped to 1-1 on the season after suffering a 32-0 shutout loss to South View.  

The visiting Tigers were reeling after a fire destroyed their football room in the days leading up to the game. South View lost much of their equipment and were forced to use the school auditorium as a locker room for practices. The team pulled together on the field, however and put up a dominating win at Hoke.  

Tyriq Clarida led South View with 234 yards passing, Donavan Pauling-Outlaw had 143 receiving yards and two scores. The Tigers also added 218 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the ground.  

Senior defensive back Darius Smith provided a highlight on defense to Hoke County, recovering a fumble for the Bucks. 

It’s the first shutout loss for Hoke County since the Bucks’ 2021 season ended with a 46-0 loss to Wake Forest in the playoffs. Hoke’s last shutout loss at home was to South View earlier that same season, dropping a 20-0 decision to the Tigers on Sept. 3, 2021.  

Hoke County will be back home for another non-conference game this Friday at 7:30 when the Bucks host Fayetteville’s Douglas Byrd. The Eagles are 0-2 on the year and coming off of a 3-7 2022 season. This is the first time the two schools will meet on the football field since October 2008, when the Tigers beat Hoke County at home.  

Jario Ortiz (Sr.) RB Escapes a tackle for a gain