When Martice Williams zipped 79 yards for a touchdown on the game's opening kickoff, all signs pointed to an enjoyable Senior Night for the Princeton Bulldogs.
But it took over a quarter for the Bulldogs to add any further entertainment to the festivities, as Carolina 1A Conference arch-rival Rosewood gave every indication they were interested in a repeat of the previous season's triple-overtime battle.
The Eagles, who won that battle 43-41, couldn't keep pace this time around with the Bulldogs, nor running back sensation Johnny Frasier, as he and Princeton exploded in the second quarter en route to a 56-19 drubbing.
"We kind of sputtered a little bit in the first quarter," said Bulldogs coach Derrick MInor. "Battling the elements, battling the exictement of everything else, it took us a while to warm up. But I guess we put it into overdrive."
The victory enabled the Bulldogs to secure a second place finish in the conference with a 5-1 record, while completing the regular season with a 8-3 ledger.
Rosewood departed with a 4-7 overall mark and 1-5 in the Carolina Conference
Frasier, who entered the game with over 2,000 rushing yards, shook off a slow start, racing through the Eagles defense like a hot knife through butter, scoring five touchdowns rolling up 236 yards on 26 carries.
After fumbling at the Eagles' two yard-line early in the first quarter, and being stopped on fourth down on the Bulldogs' subsequent possession, Frasier and Princeton turned a white-knuckling, 8-6 skirmish into a laughter in the second period.
Frasier rushed for 111 of his game-leading 236 yards in the period, and 186 in the first half, scoring on runs of 4, 10, 28 and14 yards, respectively, as the Bulldogs built a 35-6 halftime advantage.
Frasier continued to weave his way easily through the Eagles' defense in the third quarter, needing only 3 plays to amass42yards, concluding his night with a 23-yard scoring run on Princeton's first possession of the second half.
But with Frasier on thess ideline for most of the second half, Williams and Dillon Pace picked up where he left off, accounting for the Bulldogs' final scores on runs of 18 and two yards, respectively as Princeton amassed 350 rushing yards on 50 carries.
Rosewood drew within 8-6 late in the first quarter on an 84-yard sweep by Jamari McGown, who carried the ball 12 times for 131 yards .
The Eagles made the score a little more respectable against the Bulldogs' second teamers, with Mike Woodard scoring on fourth quarter runs of 60 and 22 yards, respectively, while rushing for a total of 132 yards on five attempts.