RALEIGH — Durham Jordan bounced back from a season-opening loss to hand Enloe a tough 22-21 defeat Friday in their season opener at Len Bauer Stadium.
Both teams struggled offensively most of the way, but Enloe put together its only sustained drive of the game, which spanned 77 yards and ended with a 3-yard touchdown run by Jamal Frazier, to get within a point with 1:05 to play.
Enloe coach Mike Massey went for the win and quarterback Anthony Purnell tossed the ball up to Roy Garris in the back of the end zone. Garris came down with the ball, but just out of bounds.
“I’d call that same play again,” Massey said. “Garris played lights out today and he wanted the football. He had some key catches for us.”
Garris had a couple of clutch grabs in the final drive, gaining 33 and 35 yards. Frazier also came up big in the drive with a couple of runs, including a 13-yard gainer on a fourth and 12 situation.
“The defense played well, but you can’t expect to win when the offense struggles like that,” Massey said. “We had just too many bad snaps and every time we made a play it seemed like we had a penalty.
“Our center went down this week with a concussion, but still we’ve got to make the plays. But we’re a fighting football team. If we do away with the penalties, we’re fine.”
Jordan trailed 14-13 at halftime, but took a 21-14 led in the third quarter with a 94-yard drive. Jordan Simmons connected with Picasso Keaton on a 50-yard pass play and running back Rahim Winston scored on a 7-yard run. Winston also ran in the 2-point conversion.
Jordan coach LaDwaun Harrison saw improvement in his team’s second game.
“We were up and down, but defensively we were more aggressive,” Harrison said. “The team kept fighting and kept believing.”
Enloe built its first-half lead on a 39-yard interception return by Tyquan Barton and a 24-yard touchdown pass from Purnell to Darius Payne.