Raiders shut down Eagles, 35-14
Southern Vance scored 35 unanswered points Friday, charged by a rapidly-improving defense as the Raiders claimed their 14th consecutive win over Warren County.
Southern improved to 4-5 overall and 2-1 in 2-A Northern Carolina Conference play with the 35-14 win on a frigid night in Raider Stadium.
Warren County (5-4, 1-2) was held to under 30 points for the first time since a Week 4 loss to Northern Nash.
“Our guys are committed,” said Southern head coach Lewis Young. “We really have a big, physical line. We can make running a little tough. You’ve got Jaquez Bullock and big Charlie Kersey and big Maurice Howard. Those are just three really big guys. And they’re really strong. And it’s hard to run on them.”
Young also credited Juwan Harris with his play as the junior moved from defensive end to cornerback to assist with run coverage.
Warren County opened the scoring in the second quarter when Jaquan Jones found Dennis Wadell for a 1-yard touchdown before the two-point conversion.
Southern led 16-8 at halftime following Qualik Shearin’s 5-yard rushing score and quarterback Ty-Traveon Roberts’ 8-yard touchdown pass to receiver Shawn Henderson. The two-point conversions were good on both plays.
Roberts and Henderson connected again in the third quarter on a similar fade pass before Roberts found Qualik Shearin and Deandre Jefferson for long scores.
Warren County was without two of its top-five rushers in Chris Privett and Devonte Hargrove, a key blocker. Both also play defense.
Quarterback Kaelen Evans was the only Eagle rusher that had more than 50 yards Friday.
“They’re physical and athletic like I thought they would be,” Ward said of Southern. “And they were geeked up for this. And we were not. We were tripping and stumbling all over ourselves.”
Warren County visits South Granville next week and Southern hosts Roanoke Rapids.
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