South Granville shuts out Carrboro 43-0

CorrespondentSeptember 20, 2013 

— South Granville recorded its second straight shutout with a resounding 43-0 win against Carrboro on Friday night.

The Vikings’ defense held the Jaguars to 87 total yards, including 47 on the ground.

It was the first time Carrboro has been shut out since 2007, the first year it fielded a varsity football team.

“The defense has been playing well. They are listening to the coaches and following instructions. I’m proud of them,” South Granville coach Mike Hobgood said.

On the other side of the ball, the Vikings punished the Jaguars on the ground with 311 yards. Running back Sean Bowman ran for more yardage – 126 yards on 24 carries – than the entire Jaguars team. Bowman had 96 yards in the first half.

“I was feeling the momentum and my line blocked for me all night,” Bowman said. “The offense and the defense are playing well right now.”

The loss was the second straight for the Jaguars after an injury to running back Trai Sharp. Coach Jason Tudryn said the timing of Sharp’s return is unknown

“Right now, he’s week to week. We don’t know how bad it is,” he said.

The Vikings’ win avenged a 36-29 loss in overtime last year at Carrboro.

Carrboro has won two out of five meetings with South Granville, but has never won in Creedmoor.

The Vikings (3-1) took a commanding 21-0 first-half lead. A blocked punt by South Granville’s C.J. Hurt put the Vikings at the 50-yard line. Bowman’s 10-yard scamper 10 plays later gave the Vikings a 7-0 lead with 3:54 left in the first quarter.

South Granville made it 14-0 on its second possession of the game after an eight-play, 62-yard drive that culminated in the first trick play of the night. Quarterback Matt McCutcheon pitched to running back Greg McCalop, who tossed a perfect throw to tight end Abraham Barron for a 30-yard score.

The Vikings made it 21-0 just before halftime on McCutcheon’s 34-yard TD pass to Earl Green.

South Granville recovered an onside kick to begin the third quarter and needed just four plays from the Carrboro 49 to make it a four-touchdown lead.

“Carrboro is a really good team, and they are just fighting through some injuries right now,” Hobgood said. “They’ll be back.”

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