Sharp plays for his Carrboro family

tstevens@newsobserver.comNovember 20, 2012 

Carrboro runner Trai Sharp continued to be the heart of the Jaguars’ offense last week as he helped lead a fourth-quarter rally that netted a 20-16 victory over Reidsville.

Carrboro trailed 16-13 before the sophomore runner broke a 31-yard run to the Reidsville 2 and scored seconds later. He finished with 159 yards on 25 carries and has run for 100 yards or more in the Jaguars’ past six games and for 150 or more in the past five.

Sharp has 2,244 yards and 35 touchdowns this season.

“I’d do anything for my brothers,” Sharp said. “We’re all close and I’d do anything for my family. We’re in this together.”

Carrboro has less than 30 players on its varsity, but Sharp doesn’t believe that is an advantage or disadvantage.

“The numbers don’t matter,” he said. “It is more about the plays that you make. We are an extremely close team. We play for each other.”

Carrboro (13-0) makes the trip to Jacksonville Northside (14-0) on Friday. The Monarchs have five shutouts and have held nine teams to one touchdown or less.

Berrios impressive: Braxton Berrios showed Garner how elusive he is on Leesville Road’s first series last week in a 56-35 loss to the Trojans.

He caught a pass behind the line of scrimmage and was confronted by two Garner defenders who were within a few feet of him. He ran away from both – never touched – en route to a 56-yard catch and run. He made a similar run through the Garner defense on a 30-yard scoring reception later in the game.

Berrios was particularly effective in moving the chains for Leesville Road. Ten of his 11 catches resulted in first downs.

The Garner defense stuffed Berrios’ three running attempts, throwing him for a net 3-yard loss.

Kicking game: Garner coach Nelson Smith said the kicking game could be crucial in Friday’s 4AA semifinal final against Fayetteville Britt.

“A close game like this and the kicking game is really big,” Smith said.

Against Leesville Road, Garner punted once and Berrios made a fair catch.

Smith said big plays will be a factor for his team. Garner has been making big plays all season and especially in the playoffs.

The Trojans have returned four interceptions for touchdowns, have scored five touchdowns on passes of more than 46 yards, have two touchdown runs of more than 48 yards, and have returned a kickoff (96 yards) and a punt (71 yards) for touchdowns in three playoff games.

Funeral wreath: Someone sent a funeral wreath to the Garner football team on Friday. Smith said he didn’t know who sent it – the card was signed Leesville Loonies – but the wreath was given a place of prominence in the Garner lockerroom.

Huge game: Northern Guilford’s T.J. Logan had a huge game in 49-14 win over Southern Guilford. The North Carolina recruit rushed for 225 yards and five touchdowns, caught four passes for 71 yards and a score and intercepted two passes.

Defensive game: Orange advanced to the 3A semifinal thanks to a defense that intercepted three passes and recovered a fumble in a 14-13 win against Eastern Alamance.

Eastern Alamance led in rushing (127 yards to 57) and in total yards (238 yards to 193), but the turnovers were decisive.

Havelock’s only loss this season was 34-33 to New Bern, which is in the 4A East championship game. Havelock has held eight opponents to one touchdown or less, including the last four. In three playoff games, the Rams have allowed one touchdown, a meaningless scored in a 57-7 win.

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