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High School Football: Jacksonville-Area Week 10 Roundup

The Daily News logo The Daily News 10/25/2021 Chris Miller, The Daily News
Southwest played host to James Kenan in East Central 2-A Conference football action Friday night. [Tina Brooks / The Daily News] © Tina Brooks Southwest played host to James Kenan in East Central 2-A Conference football action Friday night. [Tina Brooks / The Daily News]

East Duplin 24, Wallace-Rose Hill 21

East Duplin not only has another year of bragging rights over rival Wallace-Rose Hill, the Panthers are also in position to win the East Central 2-A Conference title.

The Panthers scored 24 unanswered points between the second and third quarters to defeat the host Bulldogs in a big Duplin County clash.

East Duplin (8-1, 5-0) can clinch the outright ECC title next week with a home win over Southwest. Wallace-Rose Hill (7-2, 4-1) visits James Kenan.

This marked East Duplin’s third consecutive win over Wallace-Rose Hill. The Bulldogs’ last win in this series was a 28-20 victory in 2018.

This time, the Panthers trailed 13-0 in the first quarter. Drew Henderson brought East Duplin back with a 13-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and then the Panthers got to within 13-10 at halftime on a 24-yard field goal by Darwin Bonilla.

Nick Cavanaugh then had a 1-yard touchdown run and Nizaya Hall had a 14-yard touchdown run that gave the Panthers a 24-13 lead late in the third quarter.

With 2:16 left, the Bulldogs closed to within 24-21 on Kanye Roberts’ 18-yard scoring run and Kaymond Farrior’s two-point conversion. Roberts had an 38-yard touchdown run and Xavier Pearsall had a 23-yard scoring run in the first quarter for the Bulldogs.

Roberts ended with 185 yards rushing on 17 carries. Daunte Hall had 65 yards on nine carries for the Panthers.

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Jacksonville 42, South Central 16

Josh Benton’s 34-yard touchdown pass to Tristan Shapiro as time expired to end the second quarter gave Jacksonville all the momentum it needed to pull away from visiting South Central in a Big Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference game.

The Falcons tied the game at 14 with 35 seconds left before halftime, but the Cardinals got close enough to the end zone to try a long pass, resulting in Shapiro’s score that gave Jacksonville the lead for good at 21-14.

In the third quarter, Cameron Rivera added a 32-yard touchdown run, Curtis Echols Jr., had a 41-yard scoring run and Benton threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Shawn Jones to make it 42-14. South Central scored a safety with 4:51 left in the game.

Petelo Leae returned a blocked punt for a touchdown in the second quarter to give the Cardinals a 14-8 lead. Benton had a 16-yard touchdown run earlier that brought Jacksonville to within 8-7. 

This was the first football meeting between these two teams since the Cardinals topped the Falcons 38-20 on Sept. 21, 2012.

Jacksonville (6-2, 3-2) visits Northside next week while South Central (1-6, 1-4) visits D.H. Conley.

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White Oak 47, Richlands 0

Leading 7-0 after the first quarter, host White Oak outscored Richlands 20-0 to pull away for a Coastal 3-A Conference victory.

Jazavian Bell gave the Vikings a 7-0 lead with a 15-yard touchdown run before Sidney Lee made it 14-0 with a 45-yard scoring run. Lee added a six-yard touchdown run and then threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Jamison Avila to make it 27-0.

Lee followed with a 50-yard scoring run in the third before Quintrel Pearson had a 14-yard scoring run late in the quarter and Josh Brown returned a fumble 12 yards for a touchdown in the fourth.

White Oak (7-2, 3-1) visits Swansboro next week while Richlands (0-7, 0-4) visits Dixon.

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Croatan 34, Dixon 7

Host Croatan outscored Dixon 20-0 in the second half en route to a Coastal 3-A Conference victory.

The Cougars led 14-7 at halftime, but started to pull away when Quincy Doneghy scored on a five-yard touchdown run with about a minute left in the third quarter.

Doneghy added a 14-yard touchdown run early in the fourth and had a 70-yard scoring run with eight minutes to make it 32-7. Alex Barnes added the two-point conversion for the final score.

Barnes had an eight-yard touchdown run and the two-point conversion to give Croatan an 8-0 lead in the second quarter. Doneghy added a five-yard scoring run to make it 14-0.

Braden Tozier had a two-yard touchdown run for the Bulldogs.

Croatan (4-5, 2-2) plays host to West Carteret next week while Dixon (1-6, 0-4) plays host to Richlands.

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West Carteret 48, Swansboro 7

Visiting Swansboro managed only a late five-yard touchdown run by Hunter Johnson as the Pirates suffered a Coastal 3-A Conference loss to West Carteret.

The win for the Patriots gave them their first conference football title since 1964.

The Pirates (4-3, 3-1) will play for second place next week when they host White Oak. West Carteret (6-2, 4-0) visits Croatan next week. Swansboro has not defeated West Carteret since a 27-14 win on Oct. 18, 2013.

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James Kenan 28, Southwest 0

James Kenan’s Andrew Pender returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown as the Tigers defeated host Southwest in an East Central 2-A Conference game.

This was the first football meeting between the two teams since the Stallions won 35-13 at James Kenan on Nov. 23, 2012.

Pender also threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Hayden McGee on fourth-and-21 to give James Kenan a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Pender then threw an eight-yard scoring pass to Mason Brown in the third before Emmanuel Bostic added a -yard touchdown run with 3:17 left.

Pender ended with 80 yards rushing on 21 carries and completed three of five passes for 79 yards. Corbin Kerr had 81 yards rushing on 15 carries for the Stallions.

Southwest (2-6, 2-3) visits East Duplin next week while James Kenan (5-2, 4-1) plays host to Wallace-Rose Hill.

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Havelock 42, Northside 7

Northside was outscored 21-0 in the first quarter as the host Monarchs suffered a Big Carolina 3-A/4-A loss to Havelock.

The Monarchs’ only score came towards the end of the third quarter when Eric Howell scored on a 16-yard touchdown run.

The Rams got going when quarterback Andrew Frazier scored on a 10-yard touchdown run with 6:36 left in the first quarter. Javonte Vareen followed that with an interception return for a score before Zack Sharp added a 3-yard touchdown run.

Jason Moore had a 38-yard touchdown run and Frazer threw a 38-yard scoring pass to Braylon Cushinberry to make it 35-0 at halftime. Terrell Barksdale added an 8-yard touchdown run in the third.

Northside (0-9, 0-5) closes the regular season next week at home against Jacksonville while Havelock (6-2, 3-2) plays host to J.H. Rose.

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Northside-Pinetown 51, Lejeune 0

Lejeune dropped to 0-9 overall and 0-4 in the Coastal Plains 1-A Conference following a loss at Northside-Pinetown, which scored 30 first-quarter points.

The Devilpups close their season next week at home against East Carteret while the Panthers (8-1, 4-0) visit Pamlico.

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