FUQUAY-VARINA — Fuquay-Varina escaped Green Hope 21-17 Friday night, and they did it with their defense.
Green Hope quarterback Chris Tutwiler carved up the Bengals for 144 yards passing and a 10-point lead in the first half. But Fuquay adjusted and held the Falcons to just 36 passing yards, zero points and three turnovers in the second half.
With the Bengals clinging to a 21-17 lead with just more than two minutes to play, their defense stood firm. Dorian Elmore nearly intercerpted Tutwiler’s first pass of the series. Later, Trevor Phillips sacked Tutwiler for an 11-yard loss, then on the game’s penultimate play, Jacob Lee sacked Tutwiler and forced a fumble to secure the Bengals’ win.
Defensive back Garrett Suggs intercepted two passes, and Kyle Smith picked off one for Fuquay.
Fuquay tailback Quincy Mangum rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns, while fullback Damarus Williams ran for 67 yards and the game-winning touchdown.
The game was delayed twice by lightning, totalling nearly two hours.
Coming out of the first delay, Green Hope need just two plays before tying the game 7-7. Tyler Baddick caught a nine-yard TD pass from Tutwiler.
On their next possession, Tutwiler carved up the Fuquay defense on an 85-yard scoring drive that ate nearly seven minutes off the clock. Tutwiler completed 6 of 8 passes on the 15-play drive only to see it stall at the Fuquay 5-yard line. Anthony Lawson converted a 23-yard field goal for a 10-7 lead.
With 1:14 to go before halftime, Green Hope marched 67 yards in five plays to take a 17-7 lead. Tutwiler hit Mitch Chalker for an 18-yard touchdown with 11 seconds on the clock.
On the first play of the second half, Suggs intercepted Tutwiler. Fuquay turned around and scored five plays later on Mangum’s 13-yard run.
The second delay came midway through the third quarter. Williams got the go-ahead score with 7:50 remaining in the fourth, bursting up the middle on a 10-yard run.