Enloe High’s David Ogburn booted a 21-yard field goal 4 1/2 minutes into the game against nearby Southeast Raleigh. In an era of high-powered offense, the field was the only score of the game in the 3-0 Eagles victory.
After a 3-and-out by the Bulldogs to open the game, Enloe (2-0) moved the ball inside Southeast Raleigh’s 10 yard line before the offense stalled and brought out Ogburn for the field goal attempt.
“Whether we score 50, or whether we score 3, it’s still a win,” said Eagles coach Steve Johnson, who is in his first year at the school after building Burlington Cummings into a state power.
Both teams had success moving the ball, but the defenses continued to make big plays when it really counted.
“On offense, we moved the ball throughout the night but when we got in the red zone we made too many mistakes,” Johnson said.
“For three quarters, we moved the ball, boom-boom-boom, and we get in the red zone and we turn the ball over.”
Cameron Lewis totaled 88 yards for the Eagles – 41 passing, 46 rushing and 1 receiving yard.
“I feel great,” Lewis said after the game. “Shout out to my team. We work hard during practice, and it showed during the game.”
With 7:47 left in the first half, Enloe was driving, thanks to a roughing the passer penalty on fourth down that kept the drive alive. But Southeast Raleigh’s defense forced an interception.
The Eagles got revenge as they blocked the ensuing punt. After getting the ball inside the 5 yard line, Southeast Raleigh forced a fumble. The Bulldogs end up punting from the back of the end zone with two minutes left before halftime. The Eagles got the ball on the Bulldog 28 yard line with 1:34 left, but Southeast Raleigh intercepted.
Southeast had one last chance to try to win the game. Parham, who threw for 53 yards, connected with Jaquell Taylor on a deep slant, good for 20 yards to get the Bulldogs past midfield. But another costly turnover gave the ball back to Enloe, who used Anthony McEachin down the stretch to run out the remaining six minutes of the game.
“Overall I’m proud of what these kids are doing, and where we’re going,” Johnson said. “Hopefully we’re making a little noise in the Raleigh area.”