Warren, Webb, Northern each suffer football setbacks
Warren County and Franklinton exchanged the lead eight times Friday after the Red Rams scored the opening touchdown. The visitors also scored the last one, handing the Eagles a 34-30 loss.
Franklinton quarterback Daquan Neal found Jackson Hooton for a 7-yard touchdown pass with 19 seconds to play to put the visitors ahead for good.
Warren County was intercepted on its final drive as it fell to 5-3 overall and 1-1 in league play.
The Red Rams (6-2, 1-1) and Eagles join South Granville and Southern Vance with one win in league play. Bunn is 2-0 and Roanoke Rapids is 0-2.
Warren County controlled possession, putting up 327 rushing yards, led by Dyami Wortham’s 125.
“We had over 80 snaps,” said Warren County head coach John Ward. “You don’t have the ball 80 snaps in a high school, college or NFL game and don’t usually win. That lets you know how long we had the ball.”
Micah Morgan scored a short rushing touchdown to put the Eagles ahead 30-27 with 1:20 left. The two-point conversion failed.
Jaquan Jones added 96 rushing yards for Warren County, which was 8-of-16 passing for 104 yards. Quarterback Kaelen Evans accounted for most of those attempts and also ran for 58 yards on 10 carries.
Ward said the Eagles contained the mobile Neal adequately.
“They ran the ball pretty decent,” Ward said of Franklinton. “I thought they had some big plays in the passing game.”
Warren County visits Southern this week while Franklinton heads to Roanoke Rapids.
Webb quarterback Smith injured in loss to Cedar Ridge
J.F. Webb senior quarterback Beau Smith played only the first half of a 24-17 loss to Cedar Ridge Friday on the Red Wolves’ homecoming.
Smith missed the entire 2012-2013 basketball season with a knee injury. He injured the same knee Friday after completing 6-of-10 passes for 78 yards.
Michael Phillips came on for Smith and went 2-of-9 for 17 yards with two interceptions.
Webb head coach Tony Midgette said Smith’s injury will be evaluated Monday.
“He came in and ran the offense,” Midgette said of Phillips, who like Smith, had no experience at quarterback entering the season. “We wanted to make him comfortable, didn’t try to do anything real fancy. He’s going to be the guy if Beau is not able to come back. We trust him and want him to improve.”
Cedar Ridge (1-7, 1-3 Big Eight Conference) scored the go-ahead touchdown with 4:15 to play in the game.
Webb tailback Tobiah Lewis tallied 183 yards on 33 carries and had both touchdowns for the Warriors (2-6, 0-4).
William Gillespie also had a 20-yard field goal for Webb.
Cedar Ridge running back Julius Walton had 102 yards on 20 carries and quarterback Peyton Pappas was 10-of-15 passing for 140 yards.
The Warriors host unbeaten Orange this week and Cedar Ridge visits Southern Durham.
Vikings still looking for first win
Northern Vance’s Devin Anderson punched in a first-quarter touchdown to even the score Friday against Cardinal Gibbons before the visitors from Raleigh scored 35 unanswered points on their to the 42-7 win.
Gibbons (6-2, 3-1 Big Eight Conference) was up 35-7 at halftime.
Northern dropped to 0-8 overall and hosts Northwood (6-2, 2-2) for homecoming this week.
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