It doesn’t get any better than an old-fashion rivalry game. Rolesville won its first home football game in school history, knocking off Heritage 33-21.
The Rams (1-1) held the Huskies (1-1) scoreless in the second half after the two sides combined for 47 points in the first.
Rolesville pulled out the tricks early, striking on the first play from scrimmage on a 75-yard halfback pass from E.J. Hicks to Colby Cooper.
Rams linebacker Noah Jenkins picked up a fumble on the next Heritage drive and rumbled 50 yards for a score to build a 12-0 lead. Huskies wideout Jalen Pittman kept the fireworks going, taking the ensuing kickoff 80-yards for the score. Rolesville, who went scoreless in their opener, finished the opening quarter with 26 points.
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In the second half, with the Huskies driving deep into Rams’ territory, Hicks picked off Heritage quarterback Gunnar Holmberg with 6:26 remaining. Rolesville never trailed, and despite going scoreless in the second and third quarter, did just enough to hold on for the win.
Three who mattered
E.J. Hicks, Rolesville: Hicks threw a 75-yard pass on the first play from scrimmage, scored on a 24-yard run in the fourth quarter and picked off two passes to seal the win for Rolesville. He also caught four passes for 39 yards.
Josh Branch, Rolesville: He rushed 29 times for 124 yards, picking up key first downs all night for the Rams. Several times it appeared Branch was stopped, but he kept his legs churning for positive yards all evening.
Carnaji Andrews, Rolesville: At one point the Rams’ signal caller was a perfect 11-11 passing. His only incompletion on the night was an interception, other than that, he had a flawless performance to the tune of 229 yards in the air.
By the numbers
0: The Rams’ defense, led by defensive end Dominique Williams, tackles Malik Bailey and Lamin Trawalley and linebacker Noah Jenkins, kept the Huskies scoreless in the second half.
3: The number of times the Rams picked off Holmberg. Greg Bargeman had one in the first half.
1: The win by the Rams was the first one at home in front of what was said to be the biggest crowd ever at ‘The Farm.’
75: The longest play of the night from scrimmage came on the opening snap. Hicks took the handoff and made a short toss to Colby Cooper, who zigged and zagged his way across the field before making his way into the endzone.