Prep Football Roundup: Eagles rally for fourth win
With five games remaining, Warren County has already equaled its win total from last season.
The Eagles improved to 4-2 overall Friday with a 42-36, come-from-behind homecoming win over Louisburg.
Warren County is off to its best start since 2004 when the Eagles started 4-0 before dropping their next four and finishing 6-6.
Warren County’s defense wasn’t as stellar as it has been in recent weeks, but it had its moments Friday.
After tight end Dennis Waddell’s go-ahead touchdown reception with 56 seconds left, the Eagles shut down the Warriors at midfield to seal the win.
Warren County’s defense also came up with a goal-line stand just before halftime as Louisburg took a 20-12 lead into the third quarter.
“We played timely defense I guess you could say,” said second-year Warren County head coach John Ward.
Louisburg led 36-20 entering the fourth quarter, setting up the first successful comeback win in Ward’s Warren County tenure.
The Eagles got within 36-34 on a Jaquan Jones touchdown run from 14 yards out before quarterback Kaelen Evans hit Waddell over the middle for the go-ahead score. Evans then tossed it to Darius Southerland for the two-point conversion.
Warren County’s Chris Privett ran for 177 yards on 21 carries with three touchdowns.
Ward said Privett’s vision is steadily improving.
“Chris ran really hard,” said Ward. “Last night he showed better vision than he has in a long time.”
Ward said blocking made the difference in the second half. The starting offensive linemen were Corey Green, Napoleon Nicholson, Xzavian Carter, Josh Moss, and Josh Fountain along with Waddell and fullback Devonte Hargrove.
Jones added a kickoff return for touchdown for the Eagles, who converted four two-point conversions.
Warren County hosts Roanoke Rapids (2-4) this week in the 2-A Northern Carolina Conference opener for both teams.
Southern lets second-half lead slip away
Southern Vance led 6-3 at halftime Friday and took a 12-10 third-quarter lead before conceding 13 unanswered points in a 23-12 loss at Greensboro Smith.
The Raiders dropped to 2-4 overall and have lost three straight since beating Northern Vance in Week 4. Smith, of the 4-A All-Metro Conference, evened its record to 3-3.
“I was very impressed with how many young guys stepped up with so many guys out with injuries,” said Southern head coach Lewis Young.
The injured included offensive lineman Jaquez Bullock, who didn’t start.
Quarterback Ty-Traveon Roberts did not play and was replaced by Jerry Throckmorton, who connected with Shawn Henderson for two touchdowns.
The first was for 90 yards as the Raiders took a 6-3 first-quarter lead.
Throckmorton and Henderson combined again in the third for an 18-yard play as Southern went ahead by two points.
Southern running back Qualik Shearin ran for 89 yards.
The Raiders start conference play this week at Bunn (3-3).
“Right now our main mentality is fine-tuning everything and trying to go out and execute,” said Young. “With conference play starting, it’s put up or shut up.”
Vikings shut out in Hillsborough
Northern Vance fell to 0-6 on the season Friday with a 56-0 loss at unbeaten Orange.
The Vikings, who trailed 35-0 at halftime, dropped to 0-2 in 3-A Big Eight Conference play while Orange improved to 2-0.
Tamaj Bullock led Northern with 69 rushing yards on 14 carries and quarterback Kris Haywood was 1-of-7 passing for 12 yards.
Orange quarterback Garrett Cloer was 9-of-11 for 169 yards and two touchdowns. Ky Muller had four grabs for 114 yards and a score.
Patrick Pettiford was the Panthers’ leading rusher with 71 yards.
Northern hasn’t scored double-digit points since Week 3 and hasn’t allowed less than 33 points this season.
The Vikings visit Chapel Hill (2-4, 1-1 Big Eight) this week.
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