No. 16 Heritage stifles Green Hope’s rushing attack
It’s often debated by coaches and fans a like: is the best offense a good defense or is the best defense a good offense?
In its season opener, Heritage made both sound true.
The Huskies only allowed the Falcons to run three plays in the first quarter, racing out to 22-0 lead in the first 12:05 of play. In the third quarter, Heritage only ran one play through the first half of the period – scoring 19 points in that span – en route to a 26-point quarter that secured a 51-6 win.
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“It was sloppy in a lot of ways, but we had more points than the other team and at the end of the day that’s all that matters,” Heritage Coach Dewayne Washington said.
Green Hope had minus-41 rushing yards on 21 attempts.
‘I don’t always pass, but when I do ...’
Cardinal Gibbons spoiled Athen Drive’s home opener in its brand new stadium, racing out to a 35-8 lead on the way to a 49-27 victory.
The teams were fairly equivalent in rushing yards, the Crusaders had 290 yards on 32 attempts and the Jags had 286 yards on 49 attempts, but the difference in the game was Gibbons’ explosiveness in a limited passing attack.
Quarterback Anton Stoneking only completed seven of his 13 passes, but they went for 184 yards and four touchdowns.
Sanderson blanks Knightdale
The Spartans three-game losing streak against the Knights came to an abrupt end on Friday as Sanderson cruised to a 35-0 win.
The Spartans dominated the ball on offense, chewing eight minutes off the clock on its opening drive and holding the Knights to only 32 plays on offense despite there being no running clock.
A near upset
Southeast Raleigh raced out to a 21-7 lead beforeNo. 6 D.H. Conley rallied for a 35-24 win.
Conley quarterback Holton Ahlers threw two interceptions in the first half, but responded with three passing touchdowns. Each of Conley’s other two scores were pick sixes.
The Bulldogs struggled to get a ground game going, rushing 33 times for only 32 times.
After a lackluster first quarter, Ravenscroft started rolling on all cylinders, scoring 20 points in the second quarter and earning a 43-22 win over Southern Vance.
Running backs Sam Landis and Donald Fuller combined for 296 yards on only 17 attempts. Devon Perry caught all seven of Dylan Harris’ completions, making them go for 115 yards and two scores.
Leesville blanks Jordan
Leesville’s offense, both on the ground and through the air, was dominant all night as the Pride rode a well-balanced attack to a 38-0 win over Jordan.
The Pride forced the Falcons into two safeties and only conceded 2.4 yards per play.
Wake Christian score 9 seconds into season, never look back in win over Chatham Central
Nathaniel Williams’ 51-yard pass to Paul Gore on the first play of the game sparked a 34-point first quarter showing for the Bulldogs en route to a 48-0 blowout win.
Jermaine Callum flashed his skill in playing on both sides of the ball, scampering for an 18-yard score and returning a fumble for a score for the next to scores.
No. 1 Middle Creek dominates
Dominique Shoffner showed he hasn’t skipped a beat since taking the reins as the Mustangs starter last year, completing his first 11 passes in a 50-7 win over No. 9 Wakefield.
The blowout over a competitive didn’t surprise Shoffner, who said that “With seven starters back on both sides of the ball, I expected us to play like this.”
The Middle Creek defense shut down N.C. State recruit Matthew McKay, holding him to only 77 passing yards and zero yards on the ground.
“Their quarterback (McKay) is shifty, a good ballplayer and we tried to get to him. We had a lot of guys trying to get him,” Middle Creek defensive coach Ken Ray said. “Myra, Daniel Jackson, Connor Cheyunski, Michael Russell, and John Singleton, they were all in there.”
Strong first half is all No. 12 Millbrook needs in rout of East Wake
The Wildcats scored all 38 of their points in a 38-14 victory in the first half and unsurprisingly, senior running back Larry Roundtree III led the charge. The Wildcats only threw 10 passes, completing five for 71 yards and two touchdowns, in the win.
-Six of the top eight rushers on the N&O leaderboards come from the MT/NRN news area.
-Enloe picked up its first win since 2014, dropping 58 points on Bartlett Yancey.
-Broughton and Apex resume play on Saturday at 3 p.m. The Capitols lead 35-22 at halftime after a score by Tyler Smith with seven seconds to go in the first half.
Week 1 Player of the Week
Cole Coleman, Leesville: eight attempts, 116 yards, one reception for 61 yards and three total touchdowns.
Friday Night Heroes
Jalen Pittman, Heritage: Had four catches for 52 yards and a touchdown but also had an electrifying 50-yard punt return score.
Dalen Spruil, Cardinal Gibbons: 14 attempts, 167 yards, one touchdown.
Isaiah Henderson, Athens Drive: 24 attempts, 126 yards, three touchdowns.
Matthew Buffaloe, Wake Christian: Had two interception return touchdowns and also kicked six extra points.
Sam Landis, Ravenscroft: 10 attempts, 179 yards, two touchdowns.
Larry Rountree III, Millbrook: Roundtree was the spark behind the Wildcats’ solid start to the year, amassing 118 of his 143 rushing yards in the first half. Roundtree also punched in two scores despite only receiving 12 carries.
Dominique Shoffner, Middle Creek: 14-for-17 for 168 yards and two touchdowns (one rushing).
Donald Fuller, Ravenscroft: 17 attempts, 117 yards, two touchdowns.
Ricky Person, Heritage: 14 attempts, 103 yards, two touchdowns.
They said it
Sanderson coach Ben Kolstad: “This was goal No. 1, to beat Knightdale. … We preached that all summer, all offseason, and the kids just really took some pride in it.”
Heritage wide receiver Julian Pittman: “We’re all a family. Last year we weren’t all together, but this year we came together and we’re doing what we have to do to get past week one, get on to week two and take it week by week.”
Middle Creek coach Randy Ragland: “The defense really played well, got after them. … and Shoffner had the offense moving the ball, too.”
Enloe assistant coach Joe Kilby: https://twitter.com/CoachJKilby/status/766830553718988801
Enloe won 58-33 at Bartlett Yancey
This week: open date, Enloe next plays Sept. 1 at Rolesville, 7 p.m.
Heritage won 51-6 at Green Hope
This Friday: Heritage (1-0) hosts Rolesville (0-1), 7 p.m.
Leesville Road def. Durham Jordan 38-0
This Friday: Leesville Road (1-0) at Panther Creek (0-1), 7 p.m.
Millbrook won 38-14 at East Wake.
This Friday: Millbrook (1-0) at Knightdale (0-1)
Sanderson — won 35-0 at Knightdale
This Friday: Sanderson (1-0) at Fuquay-Varina, 7 p.m.
Wake Forest def. Panther Creek, 49-6
This Friday: Wake Forest (1-0) hosts Apex, 7 p.m.
Wakefield lost 50-7 to Middle Creek
This Friday: Wakefield (0-1) hosts Holly Springs (1-0), 7 p.m.
Broughton def. Apex 61-36
This Friday: Broughton hosts Cary (0-1), 7 p.m.
Rolesville lost to Fayetteville Terry Sanford 48-21
This Friday: Rolesville (0-1) at Heritage (1-0), 7 p.m.
Southeast Raleigh lost 35-24 to Conley
This Friday: Southeast (0-1) hosts South Brunswick (1-0), 7 p.m.
Cardinal Gibbons def. Athens Drive 49-27
This Thursday: Gibbons (1-0) hosts Southern Durham (1-0), 7 p.m.
North Raleigh Christian lost 13-7 at Cannon School
This Friday: NRCA (0-1) plays at Fayetteville Village Christian (0-1), 7 p.m.
Ravenscroft won 43-22 at Southern Vance
This Friday: Ravenscroft (1-0) at High Point Christian (1-0), 7 p.m.
St. David’s won 44-6 at Halifax Academy
This Friday: St. David’s (1-0) plays at Northeast Academy (0-0), 7 p.m.
Wake Christian def. Chatham Central, 48-0
This Friday: WCA (1-0) plays at Fayetteville Trinity (1-0), 7 p.m.