Eagles’ winning ways continue
Since posting consecutive losses in Weeks 3 and 4, Warren County’s offense has averaged 44.5 points in a four-game winning streak that has the Eagles (5-2) already sitting on their most victories since the 2007 season.
Friday’s 54-26 win was Warren County’s first over Roanoke Rapids since 2008 as the Eagles and Yellow Jackets opened 2-A Northern Carolina play.
“It’s nice to win of course,” said Warren County head coach John Ward. “We did a lot of things right and we did several things wrong. We’ve got to improve on some things. We have to find a way to execute in tight situations.”
Warren County, donning black jerseys and pants for the second straight week, had eight penalties for 40 yards and starting quarterback Jaquan Jones threw one interception.
Jones was stellar in the backfield, running for 159 yards and two touchdowns behind starting offensive linemen Corey Green, Napoleon Nicholson, Xzavian Carter, Josh Moss, and Josh Fountain along with tight end Dennis Waddell and fullback Devonte Hargrove.
Warren County put up close to 400 yards rushing to Roanoke Rapids’ 237 on a damp, but dry night at the Eagles’ Nest.
“You’re not doing that if the people up front aren’t doing a good job,” said Ward.
Junior back Dyami Wortham tallied 66 yards on 16 carries for two touchdowns. He also pinned a punt inside the Yellow Jackets’ 5-yard-line at the end of the third quarter before coming up with a punt block on the visitors’ ensuing possession to quell a Roanoke Rapids rally.
The Eagles took over on Roanoke Rapids’ 11 and Wortham ran in for a score on the first play from scrimmage. Kaelen Evans’ run on the conversion pushed Warren County’s lead to 46-26.
“They were the clincher,” Ward said of Wortham’s plays. “Those were two big turnaround plays. Those are the kind of plays we need, just solid, smart plays.”
Roanoke Rapids quarterback De’Juan Walker looked like a right-handed Michael Vick, especially in the second half as the Yellow Jackets fought their way back into the contest after trailing 24-0 and 32-12 at halftime.
Walker finished with 221 rushing yards and three touchdowns, adding about 100 passing yards and a score.
Sophomore outside linebacker Deandre Attaway was among the Warren County defenders that finally started to slow Walker down late in the game. Attaway finished with at least two sacks.
“He’s a great young man, a hard-nosed kid” said Ward. “He’s been working hard in the weight room. He’s going to be a heck of a football player. We think Deandre has a chance to be pretty special.”
And this could be a special season for the Eagles, who haven’t won six games since 2005. They’ll host Franklinton (5-2, 0-1 NCC) this week. The Red Rams lost their league opener Friday to South Granville in a barnburner, 67-57.
WC — Jaquan Jones 1 run (Pete Johnson 3 pass from Jones), 3:48.
WC — Chris Privett 20 run(Johnson run), 10:04.
WC — Devonte Hargrove 9 pass from Johnson (Privett run), 9:46.
RR — De’Juan Walker 30 run (kick failed), 8:17.
WC — Jones 8 run (Hargrove run), 5:47.
RR — Marcus Jones 2 pass from Walker (run failed), 3:52.
RR — Walker 20 run (run failed), 6:41.
WC — Dyami Wortham 1 run (run failed), 2:56.
RR — Walker 2 run (Walker run), 2:36
WC — Wortham 11 run (Kaelen Evans run), 10:10.
WC — Johnson 12 run (Hargrove run), 5:40.
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