South Granville High football coach Mike Hobgood said if you score 67 points you expect to win easily.
If you give up 57 points, you expect to lose.
So he was happy when his Vikings managed to outscore Franklinton 67-57 on Friday night in a Northern Carolina 2A Conference game.
“I was confident that we could outscore them if we could get the ball back,” Hobgood said Monday. “But at one point they scored 21 points without us touching the ball when they recovered two straight onsides kicks. That was frustrating.”
Hobgood had never seen such a game with both teams racing up and down the field, piling up 1,048 yards in total offense.
“At one point, I told the defensive guys that we just had to stop the bleeding,” he said. “I don’t know if we ever did that. We just had more blood.”
South Granville was led by junior running back Sean Bowman, who piled up a school-record 403 rushing yards.
He worked behind a senior-dominated offensive line, following his blockers on inside runs.
“He can run the sweep, but he is an inside-outside runner,” Hobgood said. “We’ve got pretty good balance. Offensively, we’ve been a pretty good team. We’ve got to get the other aspects of our game to catch up.”
South Granville (6-1, 1-0 Northern Carolina) was expected to be a conference contender, but since dropping its opener to Rocky Mount, 27-14, the Vikings have looked like a conference championship-caliber team.
Bowman has 1,528 yards rushing and senior quarterback Matt McCutcheon has passed for 1,068 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Vikings have scored 40 or more points in each of their last five games.
Among South Granville’s wins was a 45-33 victory over East Wake, which is contending in the Greater Neuse 4A.
People are noticing.
“I wouldn’t say that Creedmoor is a die-hard high school football town, but we had a really big crowd for the Franklinton game and I think the community to getting interested in our team,” Hobgood said.