WENDELL — A big game by big running back Damontay Rhem helped East Wake to a 44-18 win against South Johnston on Friday.
The Warriors junior scored three times on the ground from distances of 13, 6 and 28 yards while amassing 216 rushing yards.
“My O-line did a great job,” Rhem said. “Them as a group and me as an individual know what they’re supposed to do and what I’m supposed to do. All night, we were just clicking.”
The 5-foot-11, 220-pounder also led the Warriors in receiving, hauling in 75 yards on just two catches.
East Wake scored first on a 96-yard opening kickoff return by Jalon Lindsay and scored three more times before the Trojans found the end zone. South’s early scoring drought was caused in large part by the East Wake defensive line, according to Trojans coach Shane Dular.
“We’re a tad undersized on the front,” Dular said. “East Wake’s got some big, strong linemen and we knew that going in.
“Our game plan was to go fast and run screens and tire them out. We did some good things in spurts, we just couldn’t quite keep it together.”