Cleveland likes scoring a lot of points on its home field. The only issue so far is that it’s taken every one of them to win.
Cleveland topped West Johnston 55-48 Friday night, rallying for the win and scoring the game’s final 14 points after leading by as many as 14 in the first half.
Rams’ senior quarterback/safety Aaron Farmer intercepted three Wildcat passes in the second half, ran for four touchdowns on offense and threw another. It was his work in the option running game that made the difference down the stretch for the Rams.
Cleveland’s Corey Brown ran for 235 yards on 37 carries and three touchdowns, including the game-winning score with 3:37 to play.
West Johnston went up 48-41 when Tyrone Jones pulled in a perfectly thrown ball from West backup quarterback Andre Wilson with 8:18 to play. Wilson came on for Wildcat standout Cameron Williams after Williams suffered a leg injury in the first half.
A big kick off return by Brown set up a short 36-yard TD drive for the Rams, capped by a 6-yard TD run on an option keeper by Farmer.
Farmer intercepted a Wildcat pass three plays later. The Rams marched down the field with Brown and Farmer sharing the duties on the ground, converting a fourth-and-2 with an 11-yard run by Brown midway of the drive.
Three plays after the conversion, Farmer froze the defense, then pitched to Brown who made the corner and scored on a 25-yard TD run for a 54-48 lead with 3:37 to play. Paul Johnson’s extra-point put the Rams up seven.
West had three passes fall incomplete on its final drive of the game, then elected to punt. The Wildcats got the ball back but with just two seconds to play and couldn’t come up with one final big play.
Cleveland (2-1) beat Clayton 56-53 in its home opener two weeks ago. It was West Johnston’s first loss in three outings this season.
Wilson threw for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. Jones had 156 yards receiving on four catches.