WENDELL — Southeast Raleigh rained on East Wake’s homecoming parade and snapped a two-game losing streak with a 20-12 win Friday night.
A 15-yard personal foul penalty against East Wake gave Southeast the ball on the East Wake 35 while the Bulldogs led 14-12 late in the fourth quarter. Southeast quarterback DeMonte Spence went on to rush one yard for the final score of the game and extend his team’s lead to a full possession.
After the Warriors turned the ball over on downs on the next drive, Southeast running back Brandon Flint fumbled the ball and gave the Warriors one final possession with about one minute left in the game. East Wake, however, coughed the ball back over to the Bulldogs two plays later, sealing the home team’s fate.
Southeast Raleigh (5-4, 2-3 Greater Neuse River 4A) opened up a 14-0 lead by the start of the second quarter on a 15-yard rushing score by Dante Jones, a 10-yard run by Aschod Meeks-Ewing and two extra points by Bulldog kicker Gary Nava.
Nine minutes and three interceptions later, Warrior quarterback Alex Cowan rushed six yards to give East Wake (1-8, 1-4) its first score, but the extra point was blocked, leaving Southeast ahead 14-6 at halftime.
Cowan scored again on a nine-yard keeper on the first drive of the fourth quarter. The Warriors went for two, but the attempt failed, leaving the deficit at 14-12.
The teams combined for eight turnovers in the game, including six interceptions. They also combined for 180 yards on penalties. Southeast was issued 15 penalties for 135 yards.
Spence led the Bulldog offense, connecting on seven of 13 passes for 113 yards. Meeks-Ewing added 71 yards on the ground.
Cowan finished 16-for-24 through the air for 164 yards for East Wake.
Play stalled for about a half hour at the end of the third quarter after Warrior lineman Adones Jones suffered an injury to his lower back. Jones was transported to WakeMed for medical attention. Coaches after the game said the injury did not appear to be life threatening.