On a night when the game was delayed more than 40 minutes due to heat, it’s not a shock that second-half fatigue ended up being a factor when Harnett Central visited Western Harnett.
The visiting Trojans spent too much time on the field Friday night in a 20-12 loss.
“I thought our kids played really well,” Harnett Central coach Dave Thomas said. “We just couldn’t get anything going on offense in the second half. Our defense was on the field way too much.”
The teams traded a pair of second-quarter touchdowns, but the Eagles (1-1) wore down Harnett Central after the break behind their triple option — primarily with fullback Michael Starks.
Starks and quarterback Keith Carver combined for 186 rushing yards and all three scores for Western Harnett.
The Trojans (0-2) struggled to move the ball in the second half, and were held to negative rushing yardage in the final two quarters.
The Eagles took over near midfield on their second drive of the third quarter, and 52 yards in eight plays to tie the score. Carver finished the drive with a two-yard plunge, but it was his 12-yard pass to Daivonn Rollins that kept the march going.
THEY SAID IT
“We’re big and pretty strong,” Western Harnett coach Jason Furrie said. “We did get to wear on them, and that showed. … (Starks) is a senior, and he knows he can have a good year. He wants it. He’s been a leader and he’s in the best shape of his life.”
THREE TO KNOW
Keith Carver, Western Harnett: Combined for 125 total yards while rushing for two touchdowns
Michael Starks, Western Harnett: Carried the ball 21 times for 97 yards and a score.
Qyrell Street, Harnett Central: Hauled in seven passes for 82 yards and a touchdown.
BY THE NUMBERS
51: The number of running plays for Western Harnett that it took for the Eagles to amass 249 yards
24: The number of pass attempts from Harnett Central’s Solomon Machado. He completed 11 for 130 yards and a touchdown.
41: The number of minutes the game was delayed by the officials because of the heat.
12: The combined penalties in the game for 102 yards.
Both teams will face county rivals next week. Western Harnett meets Overhills while Harnett Central visits Triton on Thursday.