Trai Sharp and the Carrboro Jaguars scored three times in the first quarter on their way to a 45-12 win over East Chapel Hill Friday night. Sharp scored on the Jaguars’ (2-0) first play from scrimmage, a 71-yard run, and would follow that up with touchdown runs of 21 and 25 yards.
“We’re very fortunate to have an athlete like Trai Sharp,” said head coach Merv Griffin. “The offensive line did their assignments, and he has the ability to make guys miss.”
After East Chapel Hill starts the game going 3-and-out, Sharp scored off the left tackle with just three minutes gone by.
“There was a big hole and he was able to run through it,” said head coach Merv Griffin. “He has breakaway speed; it helped that he ran track in the Spring”
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The Wildcats (0-2) went 3-and-out again, and the ensuing punt blocked. With great field position, Sharp scored easily as the score quickly became 13-0 halfway through the first quarter.
“I had a great week of preparation,” said Sharp. “We came out and some of the guys said on the sideline ‘let’s go get the first play.’ ‘Why not?’”
Sharp carried the ball 13 times for 186 yards and three scores.
East Chapel Hill struggled to muster up any offense. The Jaguars were not able to get to midfield in the first quarter. Late in the second quarter, after forcing a fumble, Amier Austin was able to get the offense going. With four minutes left, Brater Gerber dumped off a pass to Austin, who picked up nine yards. Later in the drive, with 30 seconds left, Gerber hit DJ Recny down the middle of the field for a gain of 27 yards, but the clock wound down to zero before they could run another play.
Carrboro totaled 272 yards, compared to 241 for East Chapel Hill.
The Jaguars used two quarterbacks, Rowe Mellott and Adam Bussian, and each one proved to be effective and efficient. Mellott threw for 21 yards and two scores, and Bussian threw for 22 yards and ran for a touchdown. Mellott hit Jackson Overbeck for a 7-yard score to extend the lead to 26-0 before halftime. Mellott had his second touchdown pass when he found Grayson Magee on a slant down the middle of the field. Bussian completed all three of his pass attempts, and scored on a broken play in the fourth. Looking to hand it off, Bussian took off down the right sideline when his running back wasn’t there. It wound up being a 27-yard score.
East Chapel Hill continued to look for running back Amier Austin for a spark, but the Carrboro defensive line blocked any attempt from happening. Austin ran hard through the fourth quarter, finally getting his team into the end zone. With impressive touchdown runs of 34 and 71 yards late in the game, it finally gave the home crowd something to cheer about. Austin ran for 184 yards on 23 carries.
Carrboro received several big plays from lineman Theodore Bilden. On two plays in the second half, Wildcats quarterback Gerber dropped back and was quickly under pressure, and both times tried to get rid of the ball quickly. Bilden was right there for two interceptions.
“It’s rare you see a defensive lineman with two interceptions; he made the highlight film,” said Griffin of Bilden two picks. “He’s actually a swimmer, so maybe that’s how he got his good hands.”