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Southeast Raleigh capitalizes on early Enloe turnovers

-- Southeast Raleigh jumped out front by capitalizing on a trio of first-quarter turnovers and kept its foot on the gas, rolling to a 35-0 win over archrival Enloe on Friday night at Bauer Stadium.

The win improved the Bulldogs to 3-0 under first-year head coach Marvin Burke, while Enloe dropped to 0-3 under first-year head coach Mike Massey.

“We just wanted to come in and set a tone,” Burke said. “I’ve been telling everybody I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel. We lost (to graduation) David Washington, one of the best quarterbacks in the state and we knew it was going to be hard to replace him.

“So we knew we’d have to win early with special teams and defense and put our offense in great field position. ”

Brandon Flint carried 18 times for 88 yards and a touchdown to lead the Bulldogs. Cameron Marshman completed seven of nine passes for 110 yards while rushing four times for 22 yards and a score, while DeMontae Spence passed for 26 yards and rushed for 15 and a touchdown.

“Early in the game we were really good after the defense gave us a short field,” Marshman said. “Later in the game we kind of dropped off. But we got a win over our biggest non-conference rival, so it’s good.”

Enloe, which has lost four straight to the Bulldogs, finished with 73 yards total offense.

“It’s tough after the kind of start we had,” Massey said. “We had a new center start the game; we’d had some problems with our snaps in practice and thought we’d worked them out.

“It’s hard to overcome turnovers that turn into points against a good team like that. Fortunately, we keep learning.”

The Bulldogs got a pair of quick touchdowns on turnovers. Enloe fumbled at its own 28 on its first play with Southeast’s Philip Shuler recovering. Four plays later Aschod Meeks bulled in from a yard out and Gary Nava added the kick.

On Enloe’s next possession Jaquell Taylor picked off a Paul Krahe pass at the Eagles’ 28. Four plays later Marshman went in from 14 yards out and Nava’s kick made it 14-0 with 7:36 left in the period.

Southeast got another break late in the first quarter when Christian Anumihe jumped on a fumbled snap at the Enloe 17. Eight plays later Nava hit a 25-yard field goal with 11:48 left in the half.

And the Bulldogs made it 23-0 with 1:05 left in the half as quarterback Spence went in from six yards out. That came one play after he had connected with Mark Scott on a 55-yard pass.

The score went to 29-0 with 9:17 to play, as Ravon Harrington recovered a Southeast fumble in the Enloe end zone.

Flint scored his touchdown from 11 yards out with 1:03 to go.

“I was only about 75 percent,” said Flint, who was nursing a sprained ankle. “It didn’t hurt my speed, but it hurts to cut.

“Our two-quarterback system has been efficient, and our offense can be very good when we execute.”

Roy Garris rushed for 59 yards and James Gumpper 34 for the Eagles.

“I feel like we have a lot to improve on,” Gumpper said. “Our defense has started to click, but our offense needs to pull it together. We fought hard, but we’ve got to execute better.”