Cleveland racked up more than 600 yards of offense Friday night on its way to a 54-39 win over South Granville to even up the Rams’ record at 3-3 heading into conference play next week.
Tyson Dew rushed for all but 30 of his team’s 294 yards on the ground, scoring three touchdowns as the elusive back extended plays and drives late in the game to close out the Vikings 4-2.
The teams traded scores throughout the first half, with Cleveland taking a 27-18 lead into intermission, but a fumble on the Rams’ opening drive led to one of three rushing touchdowns by quarterback Tucker Brown.
Cleveland quarterback Caiden Norman answered minutes later with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Jon Barnes, one of three the sophomore caught on his way to 151 yards receiving. Norman connected on 15 of 27 passes for 311 yards and four touchdowns, including two others to Barnes.
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South Granville responded in the fourth quarter, but Dew’s second touchdown put his team up 41-32. The following drive, Brown was sacked on 4th-and-8 which set up Dew’s third score and put the game out of reach for South Granville.
BY THE NUMBERS
4: touchdown passes from Caiden Norman.
3: touchdown catches by Jon Barnes
159: receiving yards by Barnes.
245: rushing yards by Tyson Dew
101: yards by South Granville’s Antonio Lassiter.
Minus-7: Rushing yards by South Granville’s Tucker Brown despite rushing for two touchdowns.
1,116: Total yards of offense in the game.
This Friday will be a bye week for almost every school in a six-team conference, which includes Cleveland and South Granville.
Out of the entire Two Rivers 3A and Northern Carolina 2A, there are only two games and both are nonconference – Triton hosting Southern Lee and Roanoke Rapids going to Weldon as part of a make-up game.
Cleveland starts conference play on Oct. 7 at home against Triton. The two teams are the only two from the Two Rivers 3A that made The News & Observer’s top 25 area rankings this week, with Triton at No. 19 and Cleveland No. 24.