Southern quarterback Jalen Greene threw five touchdown passes – two apiece to Jordon Brown and Jordan Mackins – to lead the Spartans past rival Northern Durham for a 36-13 win Friday night on the artificial turf at Durham County Memorial Stadium.
Helping the 3A Big 8 Conference to continue its dominance of the 4A PAC-6, the Spartans improved to 3-2 overall, while Northern fell to 0-5.
With 34 seconds left in the first half, Southern drove 38 yards in two plays in 14 seconds to increase its lead 24-7. The Knights never recovered.
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They said it
“We have been practicing hard all week and were glad to show off tonight,” Greene said. “Our team has a lot of talent and confidence in ourselves.”
Three who mattered
It would be hard not to mention one without the other as both Jordon Brown and Jordan Mackins combined for five TDs. Brown ran for a TD (100 yards rushing) and caught another, while Mackins caught three TD passes.
“After last week’s loss (to Wakefield), I knew I had to step it up and have fun,” Mackins said.
Jalen Greene: The Southern quarterback threw for five TDs and 221 yards.
Spartans defensive unit recorded seven sacks, a blocked punt and recovered two fumbles.
By the numbers
54: Total yards rushing by Northern.
29: Yards rushing Southern RB Jordon Brown on one play.
0: Extra-point completions in the game by Southern, which continues to struggle with kicking.
14: Seconds for the Spartans to score its fourth TD in the first half.
7: Sacks by Southern’s defense.
In other games ...
Hillside 44, Halifax (Va.) 3: The Hornets (2-2) scored on their first four possessions to take control early. Abdul Adams scored the first two touchdowns on runs of 38 and 1 yard, and Jamal Currie-Elliott ran in two during the third quarter. Chauncey Caldwell threw a 16-yard TD pass to Daeshawn Stephens, and Marcus Krah caught a 50-yard TD pass from Randy Trice.
Holly Springs 44, Jordan 7: Chris McKoy and Tray Staten both ran for a pair of touchdowns for Holly Springs (3-2) and Davis Ferguson threw two more to lead the Golden Hawks past Jordan (0-5).
Raleigh Wakefield 36, Riverside 6: The Wolverines (3-1) pounced on Riverside’s first two turnovers to take a quick 14-0 lead on a fumble recovered in the end zone and an interception returned 38 yards for another touchdown. Wakefield led 36-0 before Drew Gore connected with receiver Emmanuel Harper on a 1-yard touchdown pass for Riverside (2-3) as time expired.
Kestrel Heights 24, Rocky Mt. Prep 17: The Hawks improved to 4-0 for the best start ever for the young Charter School’s football program.