PITTSBORO — Alex McVeigh’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Marlin Johnson in the second half Friday proved to be the game-winner as undefeated Carrboro edged Northwood 20-17 and retained its share of the lead for first place in the Carolina 2A Conference.
It marked a season-low in points for Carrboro, ranked No. 8 in the state’s 2A classification by the Associated Press and No. 10 of all Triangle-area teams by the News & Observer.
I told our guys at halftime that there are no magic plays that we can pull out of our back pocket to help them,” Tudryn said. “I told them that they know what we are going to be running and you guys have to execute. The kids did a great job of seizing the moment. We had some mistakes and miscues but the kids willed themselves to a victory tonight.”
Trai Sharp’s 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was Carrboro’s only score in the first half as the Jaguars went into the break down 10-7. Carrboro (8-0 overall, 2-0 Carolina 2A) came back for its first win ever against Northwood with a 3-yard touchdown run by Douglas Parrish and Johnson’s 15-yard TD reception in the third quarter.
Quarterback Ti Pinnix led Northwood (4-4, 1-1 conference) with 91 yards and a touchdown on 18 rushes. His 13-yard run just 1:17 into Friday’s game gave the Chargers an early 7-0 lead. Sharpe answered with his 93-yard run with the ensuing kickoff to tie the game at 7-7.
A 16-yard field goal by Anthony castro put Northwood back in front at 10-7 with 10:42 left in th first half.
Parrish capped Carrboro’s first possession of the second half, a 70-yard, 9-play drive, 0with his 3-yard run with 8:58 remaining in the third quarter, and Mike McPeak’s point-after put the Jaguars up 14-10. The touchdown was set up by a 23-yard screen pass from Alex McVeigh to Douglas Parrish that moved the ball to the Northwood 3 yard-line.
Holding Northood on downs, Carrboro struck again just 1:55 later on McVeigh’s 15-yard touchdown reception and McPeak’s point-after for a 20-10 lead.
Northwood closed the gap to three points on a 5-yard run by Kadarus Rone and conversion kick by Castro with 7:42 left on the clock. Hampered by an interception and a fumble, Northwood couldn’t get any closer and fell in its second loss in three games.
Pinnix completed eight of 18 passes for 74 yards, most of that coming on a single, 42-yard throw to Brian Harrington.
Northwood did a better job at limiting Carrboro’s over-shifting, motion defense on the ground than most opponents this year. The Jaguars managed just 152 yards rushing on 35 plays, led by Parrish’s 75 yards and 70 by Sharp on 14 carries apiece.
McVeigh completed six of 15 passes for Carrboro for 91 yards, with one interception.