TABOR CITY — Bunn knew it had a tough task in front of it with a trip into the swamps of southeastern North Carolina.
The Wildcats played the game on a football field, but South Columbus' dominant defense made the Bunn players look like they were standing in mud during a 36-0 2-AA playoff loss on Friday night.
The Wildcats tried passing, with quarterback Xavier Bowden finding little success on the way to a 2-of-9 for 21 yards performance while tossing one interception. They managed just 56 yards rushing.
They even tried a mix of the two -- with a halfback pass from Chris Fluermont, which was intercepted and led to South Columbus' first touchdown.
N.C. State commit Brandon Barnes had just four carries for minus-1 yard for the Wildcats. Bunn coach David Howle said that Barnes hasn't had many touches all season, and South Columbus coach Joey Price agreed.
"He hasn't got it on film that much," Price said. "I guess they think the other guy's better, that's all I can tell you."
Though traditionally characterized as a running team, Howle said he was expecting the Stallions to come out passing the ball. Last week, South Columbus quarterback Justin Duncan tossed for 275 yards and four touchdowns.
"I thought he played well," Howle said. "They've got a good football team."
With Bunn struggling to pressure him, Duncan matched his TD output with four and threw for 147 yards.