Published: 10:07 AM, Sun Sep 09, 2012
Prep football late hits: Week 4
The Colts continue to struggle trying to run the ball, but by airing it out against Gray's Creek, they were able to score more points - 31 - than they had in their three previous games. Quarterback Spencer Faircloth (left) had a big night, going 21 of 46 with no interceptions and 306 yards. Cole Humphrey caught 14 of those for 123 yards. But the end result was still the same due to a porous defense, and the Colts (0-4) lost 62-31. Unbeaten Hoke County is up next for Cape Fear - the Colts' first home game after three weeks on the road.
Eagle quarterback Breon Davis sat out two plays in Friday's game against E.E. Smith early in the fourth quarter. Junior Montez Samuel took the first snap, throwing an incomplete pass. The second play was a fake punt in which running back Garry Lewis, who doubles as Byrd's punter, attempted a pass downfield. Lewis' pass was picked off by Bulls defender Uriah Smith, giving the Bulls possession on the Byrd 40.
In the Bulls' final scoring drive - an 88-yard, 12-play time drainer in the third quarter - only quarterback Phillip Bell and running back Sulamian Mustafaa moved the ball until the final run. The pair pushed the ball 86 yards before 6-0, 250-pound senior Davyon Patterson (above) ran the ball the final two yards for the score. It was the only time that night that Patterson, normally a linebacker, carried the ball.
Only four games into the season, running back Ken McDowell has already topped the 1,000-yard mark. After a 250-yard performance against Cape Fear, McDowell's at 1,016 yards - a 13.5 yards-per-carry rate. He's also scored 15 rushing touchdowns as the Bears enter Cape Fear Valley 3-A Conference play this week at 3-1. Gray's Creek is averaging 45.5 points per game.
Coach Brian Rimpf knew Friday night's nonconference test against Scotland would be difficult. But when his Buccaneers committed some early miscues, their task got tougher.
The Buccaneers fumbled their first two snaps, leading to a safety and setting the tone for a quarter in which they fell into an 18-0 hole. The Buccaneers ended up losing 32-6.
"Emotionally, we had to calm down quicker, we were too high too early," Rimpf said. "It snowballed after that. . Too many mistakes, that's the bottom line."
The defeat was the second-worst home loss for the Bucs, eclipsed only by a 35-0 loss to Douglas Byrd in 2000.
Although Pine Forest improved to 4-0 with a 34-20 win over Westover,
the Trojans had issues with the referees. The Trojans were whistled for 17 penalties, including one that wiped out a punt return for a touchdown.
The Falcons, though 0-4, have seen an awakening by their offense. After scoring 12 points in the first two games, they've rebounded with 20 and 26; the latter coming in a 16-point loss at Lumberton on Friday night. Brandon Fife (above) and Paul Underwood rushed for 126 and 109 yards, respectively, but Lumberton used 22 fourth-quarter points to put Seventy-First away.
The Tigers had a difficult time moving the ball at Richmond Senior. Yet Troy Cain's 2-yard touchdown run had South View on top 7-0 after the first period. But it was all Richmond after that as the Raiders, who came into the game averaging 56.3 points per game, rolled to 4-0 on the season with a 41-7 victory.
The Bulldogs got several standout performances in a 24-21 win at Raleigh Broughton. Mark Gilbert got them out to a 7-0 lead with a 60-yard interception return, and Lee Hodge followed with two touchdown runs. And then Peter Court's 37-yard field goal in the final 90 seconds gave Terry Sanford (2-2) the win, and momentum heading into a Mid-South 4-A Conference opener at Jack Britt on Friday night.
With 6:08 remaining in the first quarter of Westover's 34-20 loss to Pine Forest, quarterback Henry Howard threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Lindsey (left). It was the Wolverines' first score in five quarters, spanning back to their win against Cape Fear on Aug. 24, and a 43-0 loss to E.E. Smith one week later. Howard also connected with Semaj Street on a 70-yard TD pass, and Marquis Hall on a 44-yard score in the fourth quarter.