WINSTON-SALEM—William Barber recorded two of West Iredell’s five interceptions Monday night and he returned both of them for touchdowns in the Warriors’ 42-0 season-opening win over Atkins.
The 5-foot-10, 165-pound senior defensive back’s two pick-six’s moved him into the N.C. High School Athletic Association record book. He became the 12th player to do that in one game. The last player to accomplish it was Hickory’s Greg Covington. He returned two INTs for touchdowns during a 42-35 win over Maiden in 2005.
According to NCHSAA records, no one has ever returned three interceptions for touchdowns in a single game. The benchmark for a whole season in four, and it’s held by Calvin Humphrey, who did it in 1999 as a member of the High Point Central football team.
Elijah Munoz also intercepted Atkins twice Monday night, and he broke up another three passes. Gabriel Kitchens had the other INT for the Warriors.
Eli Kitchens threw two touchdown passes. SayQwon Miller recorded a pair of TD receptions.
Kareen Stevenson finished with five tackles for loss and eight total tackles.
The Warriors (1-0) are back in action Friday. They welcome South Iredell (0-1) for their home opener.