Young tells Raiders to keep heads up
Four Northeastern drives, four touchdowns and just like that, Southern Vance was in a hole it couldn’t dream of climbing out of in Friday’s season opener at Raider Stadium.
The Elizabeth City visitors torched Southern for more than 300 yards of total offense in the first half alone on their way to a 43-0 rout.
Northeastern scored on the first play from scrimmage before scoring on its next three drives to make it 28-0 midway through the second quarter. The Eagles went on to score on six of their seven first-half possessions.
Southern Vance head coach Lewis Young told his players after the game to “keep their heads up because they played against a really good team.”
“They just had a lot of team speed,” said Young. “They were just so fast. They had good receivers and a good quarterback too.”
Northeastern signal caller Quaymon Williams hit Travis McWilliams for a 70-yard score down the right sideline to open the game. Southern Vance defensive back Deon Smith got a hand on the pass, tipping it before Williams took it to the house.
“That was tough,” said Young. “That took a lot out of us.”
Williams finished 16-of-24 for 253 yards and three touchdowns, picking up all but 25 of those yards in the first half.
Travis McWilliams had three touchdowns for the Eagles, who finished 11-3 last season, advancing to the third round of the 2-A state playoffs.
Each of McWilliams’ five catches for 146 yards were in the first half. One came on a double-pass play that ended with McWilliams logging a 36-yard touchdown reception from Ge’Dari Liverman, who caught the initial lateral throw from Williams.
“He’ll be one of the best receivers we face all year,” Young said of McWilliams. “Fast, athletic.”
Young thought Southern “settled in a little bit” in the second half, noting the fourth quarter was played by Eagle reserves.
Northeastern’s lone second-half score came with 4:24 to play in the third. William Simpson capped an 11-play drive on a rush from 1 yard out to make it 43-0 before the point after was blocked.
Senior running back Qualik Shearin led Southern with 82 yards on 14 carries.
“He had a really great game,” said Young. “I thought the line was blocking well. He did a great job, making some tough yards.”
Shawn Henderson was Southern’s leading receiver with two catches for 37 yards.
Raider quarterback Ty-Traveon Roberts was 3-of-10 passing for 29 yards and finished with negative rushing numbers.
“He just couldn’t find a lot of open space,” said Young. “The defense was putting seven or eight guys in the box. Guys were just flying around. You only had about two seconds to get a pass off.”
Southern visits Cedar Ridge (0-1) this week while Northeastern hosts Northern Nash (0-1).
1 2 3 4 FINAL
NORTHEASTERN 21 16 6 0 43
SOUTHERN 0 0 0 0 0
N — Quaymon Williams 70 pass Travis McWilliams (Joseph Holbrook kick), 11:44, 1st.
N — Williams 1 run (Holbrook kick), 7:04, 1st.
N — Williams 18 pass McWilliams (Holbrook kick), 3:03, 1st.
N — Jamar Johnson 1 run (Holbrook kick), 6:27, 2nd.
N — Ge’Dari Liverman 36 pass McWilliams (kick blocked), 0:44, 2nd.
N — Holbrook 38 kick, 0:00, 2nd.
N — William Simpson 1 run (kick blocked), 4:24, 3rd.
Northeastern 21, Southern 6
PASSING — Northeastern, Quaymon Williams 16-24-253-0, Ge’Dari Liverman 1-1-36-0; Southern, Ty-Traveon Roberts 3-10-29-1, Jerry Throckmorton 0-2-0-0, Shawn Henderson 0-1-0-0
RUSHING — Northeastern, Williams 7-(-1), Jamar Johnson 4-22, William Simpson 5-29, Ladon Jordan 9-108, Tyvaugh Sampson 2-13; Southern, Qualik Shearin 14-82, Roberts 12-(-37), William Henderson 5-12, Ohigia Hayes 1-0, Deon Smith 1-0
RECEIVING — Northeastern, Travis McWilliams 5-146, Liverman 6-80, Brian Rosa 2-22, Austin Williams 1-10, Trever Overton 2-44; Southern, Shawn Henderson 2-37, Smith 1-(-4)
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