The Southeast Raleigh Bulldogs used a strong defensive stand to stop East Wake for a Greater Neuse River 4A Conference victory, 31-28, on Friday.
East Wake drove from its own 14 to the Southeast 40 in the final minutes, but was stopped on downs.
Warriors quarterback Trent Evans ran for 124 yards and completed 14 of 27 passes for 177 yards.
Southeast’s Gary Nava made a 31-yard field goal in the third to give the Bulldogs a 31-21 lead. With eight minutes left in the game, Evans connected with Evan Finch for a 3-yard score to cut the deficit to just three.
East Wake opened the game on a 12-yard scoring drive, capped off by a 3-yard rushing score by Damontay Rhem. Brandon Flint answered for the Bulldogs, but Rhem had another reply in the form of a 1-yard touchdown run late in the quarter.
The second quarter changed the flow of the game quickly for Southeast Raleigh as Aschod Meeks scored on runs of 18 yards, 2 yards and 50 yards.
With the loss, East Wake dropped to 2-5 overall and 1-1 in the Greater Neuse. Southeast plays Knightdale, which is also 2-0 in the league, this week.
Pirates romp in second half
Corinth Holders crowned Savannah Brown homecoming queen at halftime of its Two Rivers 3A Conference football opener with Western Harnett.
Then in the second half, the Pirates crowned the Eagles, roaring to a 37-7 triumph in the conference opener for both teams.
The victory improved the Pirates’ overall record to 6-1, while the Eagles departed 2-5.
The Pirates broke the game open with a trio of third-quarter touchdowns, taking advantage of short fields afforded by the Corinth Holders defense.
After stopping the Eagles to start the second half, Corinth Holders marched 46 yards in seven plays, culminating with a 14-yard Cole Sakowski completion to Hampton Smith for a 13-7 lead, one of two scoring connections between them in the period.
The Pirates defense rose up at the outset of the second half, when the Eagles gambled on fourth and one from their own 38, throwing Darius Walston for a nine-yard loss and giving Corinth Holders the ball at Western Harnett 29-yard-line.
It took only one play for the Pirates to make the Eagles pay, with Sakowski connecting with Smith on a 29-yard bomb. Matt Good ran in a 2-point conversion in for a 21-7 cushion and command of the game.
“In the second half, we stopped making the mistakes we made in the first half,” Pirates coach Barry Honeycutt said. “We scored a lot of points, but it was the defense. They went out and stopped them (Eagles) several times on fourth down.”
Corinth Holders’ defense gave its offense the ball in great field position on Western Harnett’s next possession, throwing Laron Gilchrist for a loss of eight yards to stop the Eagles on downs at their 27.
Two plays later, the Pirates were in the end zone again, courtesy of a 26-yard connection from Sakowski to Tony Kirkwood, followed by a 1-yard plunge by Elliot Lindley.
Sakowski completed 19-of-28 passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns. Smith had five snags for 83 yards while Kirkwood had 65 yards on five catches and Tori Carmichael 65 yards and a touchdown on four catches.
Carmichael’s scoring reception came on the Pirates’ first drive of the night – a three-play, 48-yard drive that culminated with a 31-yard catch and run of Sakowski’s first heave of the evening.
Darris Grandberry topped the Pirates’ running attack, gaining 55 yards on seven carries, while Carmichael added 42 on five carries.
Knights blow out Trojans
Knightdale remained the team to beat in the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference after easing past Harnett Central 40-7 on Friday.
The Knights (6-1, 3-0) led 14-7 at the half compliments of a 30-yard pass from Marquavious Johnson to Justin Blango and a 1-yard scoot by Nate Harvey. The Trojans (1-6, 0-3) got their lone score on a 97-yard kickoff return by Jaylynn Bass in the second quarter.
Johnson rushed in from 14 yards out for the only score of the third quarter before the Knights finished the game off with a 19-point final frame.
Fourth-quarter scores consisted of a 63-yard run by KaMel Bloodworth, a 20-yard pass from Johnson to Corey Aiken and Malik Johnson’s 15-yard run.
Harvey finished with 136 yards on 23 carries, while Marquavious Johnson went 5-for-11 for 62 yards through the air.