When the Optimist Bowl football trophy has to relocate, it never has to go too far. On Tuesday, Southern Vance made sure the hardware traveled back across the county, across town and across the sideline with a resounding 26-10 victory against rival Northern Vance.
Northern’s victory last season stopped a five-game winning streak in the series by the Raiders (1-2). On Southern’s first play from scrimmage, quarterback Jerry Throckmorton hit Shamond Lyons on a quick slant for a 56-yard touchdown.
“It was time to bring (the trophy) on back tonight,” said Southern Vance coach Lewis Young, still basking in his Gatorade bath.
Mark Baldwin had 14 carries for 69 yards and 3 catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns for the Raiders. Throckmorton had two interceptions on 7 of 15 passing for 179 yards and two touchdowns. Corey Twitty was 2 of 2 passing for 28 yards and a score. Defensive lineman Romello Thompson recovered a fumble for another score.
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Northern Vance (2-1) which had just a 32-yard field goal by Brooks Falkner and a 33-yard touchdown pass from Kristopher Haywood to Keon Fogg, was held to just 94 yards of total offense.
New AD at South Johnston: New South Johnston High athletics director Brody Massengill is right at home leading the Trojan athletic programs. Massengill is a 2007 graduate of South where he was played multiple sports. He married his high school sweetheart, Mary Beth Raynor Massengill, who was also a multi-sport standout at South.
“I was born and raised in the Trojan community,” Massengill said. “As a former athlete at South Johnston, I am a product of great coaches who helped mentor me and instill the qualities of teamwork, sportsmanship and pride in my school and community.”
Massengill, a grad of Fayetteville State who served as an assistant coach on the Trojan boys basketball team last year, takes over for football coach Hunter Jenks who served in an interim role after former athletics director Keith Durham left the school.
He’s got the Goods: Northwood’s Montel Goods rushed for 263 yards in a 21-7 Monday night win against Jordan-Matthews, giving him the most rushing yards in the area with 503 through three games.
Apex upset: Apex, ranked third in The News & Observer volleyball rankings, was swept 3-0 by rival Green Hope on Tuesday. Green Hope entered the match having lost four of its last five.
“We definitely needed a confidence boost,” Green Hope senior Allison O’Connor said.
Person High back on field: Athletic events are back on at Person High following a norovirus outbreak last week. The football team is scheduled to three games in eight days beginning Friday to make up last week’s postponement.