By Cale Colosimo
DURHAM -- Northern Durham handled Durham Riverside 37-17 in a PAC-Six 4A game as the Knights ran their winning streak to four games.
Riverside’s second play from scrimmage went for 59 yards when Prince Gbagber received an option pass from Jonathan Deluca. The Pirates would eventually punch it in from the one yard line thanks to Deluca’s fourth and goal carry just two minutes into the game.
Northern Durham (4-2, 3-0 Piedmont Athletic Conference) answered right back. On their first play, the Knights’ Kylyn Flemming ran up the middle for 59 yards as Northern Durham quickly tied the game
Riverside (0-6, 0-2 PAC) would fumble on their next possession resulting in field goal by the Knights’ Ryan Arundale connected on a 28 yard field goal to give Northern Durham their first lead of the game; one they wouldn’t give up.
Though Deluca would later add another touch down with two minutes to go in the game, Knights’ quarterback Brandon Brown scored his second touch down of the quarter from a yard out, giving his team a 20 point lead and sealing the victory.
“We’ve gotten a lot better on offense. The timing is better on our plays,” said Merrill. “We haven’t had to throw the ball much just because the running game has been so good.”
The Knights ended the game with 419 yards on the ground and zero through the air. The Pirates had 177 yards rushing with 59 passing.
Northern Durham continues to go with their three-person rushing game with Flemming, Brown and Alphonso Gbojueh all capable and skilled runners. Flemming was a workhouse again as he carried the ball for 259 yards on 30 carries.
Gbojueh was a nice change-of-pace back, as his speed helped him to 45 yards and a score. Though Brown only attempted three passes without a completing, he too found success with his legs. Brown wound up with 78 yards rushing on 11 carries and two touch downs.
Riverside was led Joel Evans’ 67-yard game, and Deluca’s 86 total yards and two touch downs.
The Pirates were hurt by several miscues. On their opening drive of the second quarter, Darius Smiley’s touchdown run was called back due to a holding call, and they had to settle for a field goal. Smiley then has a kickoff return that went for a touchdown called back because of another holding penalty.