High school football

Knightdale claims outright lead in Greater Neuse River 4A with win over Southeast Raleigh

From staff reportsOctober 21, 2013 

— The brothers Johnson and Nate Harvey were just too much for Southeast Raleigh on homecoming Friday.

Quarterback Marquavious Johnson rushed for 136 yards and three touchdowns and Harvey rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown as No. 4 Knightdale celebrated homecoming with a 42-14 romp over the Bulldogs.

Marquavious’ brother, Marcell Johnson, added two touchdowns, scoring from 2 yards in the first quarter and returning an interception 19 yards in the second.

Knightdale (7-1, 4-0) established outright possession of first place in the Greater Neuse River 4A, while Southeast fell to 3-4 and 2-1.

“We prepared for what they do,” Knightdale coach Rob Senseney said. “We knew they’d be big and physical up front. We challenged our kids, and they played great football.

“We’ve got Garner next week, and to be on top you’ve got to beat the king. It is what it is. They’ve got to beat us, and we’ve got to win. It’s set up like a championship fight.”

The Knights, who led 28-0 at halftime, have won two straight over Southeast.

Backup quarterback Darris Bridgers had the best game for the Bulldogs, completing five of 13 passes for 79 yards and two second-half touchdowns.

Knightdale struck with 6:18 left in the first period, as Marcell Johnson bulled in from 2 yards to finish an 11-play, 59-yard drive. Taylor Betts added the kick.

Marquavious Johnson helped double the lead at 3:20, breaking down the right sideline for a 43-yard score.

The lead went to 21-0 with 2:43 left in the first half, as Harvey bounced up the middle for a 9-yard score to end a four-play, 48-yard drive.

With 1:37 left in the half, Marcell Johnson stepped in front of a Dylan Parham pass and took it 19 yards to the end zone to make it 28-0.

Southeast finally scored with 6:54 left in the third, as Bridgers completed a 12-yard pass to Aschod Meeks-Ewing to the left pylon. Gary Nava’s kick completed the 11-play, 70-yard drive.

But Marquavious Johnson removed all doubt on a 37-yard scoring run to the left corner with 32.5 seconds left in the third. With 10:22 to play, he went in again from 37 yards out.

Southeast got one more score with 8:08 left on a 14-yard pass from Bridgers to Cameron Marshmon.

Warriors outlast Wildcats on homecoming

East Wake survived a red-zone turnover in the fourth quarter and recovered an onside kick on its way to a 30-24 homecoming win over West Johnston on Friday.

The Warriors (3-5, 2-1 Greater Neuse River 4A) led 23-17 when running back Damontay Rhem fumbled and the Wildcats recovered on East Wake’s 16 at the start of the final period. West Johnston (2-5, 0-3) returned the favor a few plays later, however, giving East Wake possession on its 4 nixing a chance at what could have been a decisive score.

After forcing the Warriors to punt out of their own end zone, West fumbled again with 8 minutes to play. The Warriors covered 68 yards – the final 26 on a keeper by Warriors quarterback Trent Evans – to set up a 30-17 lead.

West Johnston cut the deficit to 6 points with just over 2 minutes left on a 14-yard pass from Cameron Williams to Xavier Carter. After recovering the Wildcats’ onside kick, East Wake called on Evans to put the game away. He responded by leading his team to the West Johnston 5 and draining the clock along the way.

Evans scored on an 80-yard keeper on the second play of the game, and then again from one yard out halfway through the first quarter. With Jonathan Adams’ extra points, East Wake led 14-0.

West then scored 17 unanswered points with a 37-yard field goal by Alex Mattes, and rushing scores of 35 and 11 yards by Tre Fredrick. Adams made a 27-yard field goal as time expired to tie the game at 17 at halftime.

The Wildcats in five plays marched to the East Wake 16 on their first drive of the second half, but Mattes’ 28-yard field goal attempt was blocked.

East Wake took the 23-17 lead halfway through the third quarter. A 37-yard Rhem carry preceded his own 8-yard rushing score. West tipped Adams’ extra point attempt and the ball deflected off the crossbar.

Pirates sink in second overtime

South Johnston quarterback Garrett Smith did most of his damage Friday night with his arm, but it was his feet that finally pushed the Trojans past Corinth Holders, 31-28 in double overtime.

After Daniel Farmer gave the Pirates a 28-25 lead in the second overtime period with a 35-yard field goal, Smith gained the game’s final 10 yards on the ground, including a diving plunge on 3rd-and-goal from the 1 in which the ball just barely broke the plane for the win.

Smith gave the Corinth Holders defense fits all night long, both through the air and with his ability to escape the pocket, as he did on two first-half touchdown passes to Chris Beasley and Drew Mustgrave to give the Trojans a 17-15 halftime lead.

But the Pirates (6-2 overall, 1-1 Two Rivers 3A) reeled Smith in towards the latter stages of the game and especially in the first overtime period, as big sacks by Brendan Bloom and Kendrick Cobb pushed South Johnston out of field goal range.

After a Hail Mary pass to the end zone was knocked down, Corinth Holders had a chance to win the game when it got the ball on the 10-yard line.

A key Trojans sack, however, also pushed the Pirates back and Corinth Holders had to settle for a 29-yard field goal attempt that just missed to the right.

The Pirates had a similar opportunity at the end of regulation but a 40-yard field attempt was blocked as time expired.

Corinth Holders took the lead early as a bad snap on a South Johnston punt forced kicker Cliff McLamb to kick the ball out of his own end zone for a safety one minute into the game.

Pirates quarterback Cole Sakowski turned the Trojans’ miscue into even more points as the junior found Hampton Smith on a 23-yard shovel pass for a touchdown to give the Pirates the early 9-0 lead.

South Johnston (2-6, 1-1) answered with three consecutive scoring drives, including a Yavanni Herrera 23-yard field goal, to take the lead.

Sakowski led the Pirates with 254 yards passing. Hampton Smith hauled in six of Sakowski’s passes for 91 yards and the two scores. Tori Carmichael caught five balls for 70 yards while Tony Kirkwood collected five catches for 55 yards.

Smith finished his night with 240 yards on 18-39 passing with Devin Harris catching nine passes for 102 yards.

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