North Raleigh Christian Academy put away North East Carolina Prep about the same time fans folded up their umbrellas.
The rain stopped in the second quarter, and the Knights pulled away with a pair of touchdowns followed by two-point conversions en route to a 31-6 win Friday night at NRCA’s stadium.
The Knights (3-2) only led 8-6 after the first quarter, but Mike Dunmire scored on a 4-yard run with 8:59 left in the second and quarterback Ryan Rock on a 2-yard run with 1:13 remaining until intermission. The Knights’ 24-6 lead proved insurmountable for the run-oriented offense of Tarboro’s NE Carolina Prep (2-2).
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NE Carolina Prep trailed only 8-6 when the Huskies ran a fake punt on fourth-and-10 from their 17-yard line. The play lost five yards to give NRCA the ball at the 12. Rock ran for 8 yards and Mike Dunmire scored the first of his three touchdowns from 4 yards out for a gift 16-6 lead.
They said it
“We were 100 percent ready to play if they let us,” NRCA quarterback Ryan Rock said. “It was actually fun playing in the rain early in the game. It was great to have a good game and to win.”
3 who mattered
Ryan Rock, NRCA: He rushed 16 times for 155 yards and one TD and completed 6 of 15 passes for 125 yards with one interception.
Mike Dunmire, NRCA: Though he only gained 20 yards on seven carries, but he scored on runs of 13, 4 and 3 yards.
Tyrese Gilliam, NE Carolina Prep: Carried 26 times for 111 yards and a TD on a 34-yard run.
By the numbers
1: NE Carolina Prep threw just one pass all night.
3: Three two-point conversions for NRCA on Rock passes to Willie Norris, Dunmire and Logan Earhart.
7: Number of NE Carolina Prep substitutes on 18-man roster.
10: Players to gain yard rushing or receiving for NRCA.