New Enloe coach Steve Johnson said it is good to see some smiles. The Eagles shut out Southeast Raleigh 3-0 to climb to 2-0.
The only other time since 1999 that Enloe has started 2-0 was 2008 when the Eagles won their first four games en route to a 6-6 season.
The Eagles last previous shutout was a 3-0 win over Southeast in 2008.
“I am excited for the seniors on this team who have endured tough times and now have some positive wins to show for all their hard work,” Johnson said.
The Enloe varsity had gone 0-11, 1-10 and 2-9 during their seniors’ careers.
Fast start: Middle Creek coach Mike Castellano stressed in practice last week that club team needed to make a fast start against Smithfield-Selma. He had not been pleased with his team’s intensity in a come-from-behind 35-21 victory against Fayetteville Smith the week before.
The Mustangs jumped on SSS in a 49-7 win that was stopped at halftime.
“We were pleased with our early game effort,” Castellano said.
Quarterback Brant Grisel passed for 312 yards and four touchdowns in two quarters, and Elijah Perry rushed for 81 yards and two scores.
Defenders: Undefeated Heritage, which enters the N&O poll this week at No. 13, has allowed one touchdown in its first three games.
The Huskies sneaked past Holly Springs 13-7 before shutting out Rolesville and Knightdale the past two weeks.
Heritage is allowing 94 total yards per game, including 37 yards rushing per game.
Pittsboro Northwood’s defense has allowed six points in its three games. The Chargers blanked East Chapel Hill 65-0. Southern Lee got a safety in a 14-8 Northwood win. Siler City Jordan Matthews returned an interception in its 37-7 loss last week.
“We’re playing lights out right now on defense,” Northwood coach Bill Hall said. “We stopped JM twice with first downs inside the five. Coach Brian Harrington, our defensive coordinator, is doing a great job.”
Offensive might: Cleveland has built its 2-1 record thanks to its offense. The Rams are allowing 48 points per game but beat Clayton 56-53 and West Johnston 55-48. Cleveland’s only loss was 44-21 to Garner.
The Rams average 509.6 yards per game (323.3 rushing, 186.3 passing).
West Johnston coach Jimmy Williams said his team played very hard in the loss.
“Several players stepped up, including sophomore quarterback Andre Wilson,” Williams said. “If we play with that kind of effort every week, we will be a playoff team.”
School record: Garner held Broughton to a minus-31 yards rushing in a 63-13 win. The net rushing total is believed to be a Garner school record.
Broughton coach saw some bright spots in the loss, however. Stephen McGowan intercepted a pass for the third consecutive game, and Devone Jackson returned a kickoff for a touchdown in a second straight game.
Cougar defenders: Wake Forest’s defense shut down Cary in the Cougars’ 48-0 victory. The Wake Forest defense held Cary to 53 total yards on 32 plays and created four turnovers. Cary rushed 20 times for 29 yards.
Running game: Franklinton rushed for 581 yards in its 34-13 victory against Northern Vance. Tyreese Williams led the attack with 235 yards on 23 carries. Ricky Person (165 yards) and Rondez Taylor (160 yards) also had big games. The Rams averaged 10.6 yard per rush.
“We played well in the first quarter, but we are still learning how to put teams away,” Franklinton coach Jeremy Buck said. “We were able to run he ball with great success behind solid offensive line play. We still need to eliminate turnovers and taking plays off.”
South Johnston bright spots: South Johnston and Red Springs, each seeking its first victory, play at South this week.
South Johnston feels it let a potential slip away last week when Clayton scored on the final play of a 20-14 Trojans loss.
South’s defense held the Comets to almost 200 yards below their offensive average from the first two weeks of the season.
“I was so proud of our defense,” South Johnston coach Hunter Jenks said. “We made a couple personnel adjustments and got some more speed on the field, and they took to it.”
“(Eric) Hoy and (Blake) Joyner are as good a pair of players as you’re going to play, and to hold them to 20 points is a fantastic feat.”
D’Angelo Surles was all over the field in coverage and in pressuring the quarterback, and the South Johnston defensive line helped to limit Clayton’s big splash plays.
South Johnston had the chance to take the lead late in game against the Comets. The Trojans were inside the Clayton 10 before a personal foul backed them up. An interception ended the threat.
Another personal foul helped set up Clayton’s game-winning touchdown pass.
“It is a very tough way to lose,” Jenks said, “but I know my team and I know that we will come back to work on Monday to get ready for Red Springs.”
Another key was slowing the South Johnston running attack that amassed 204 yards in the first half. With a couple tweaks, the Comets were able to hold the Trojans to 47 yards on the ground in the second half.