North Brunswick 28 Whiteville 19
With North Brunswick in front 3-0, the Scorpions battled through a lengthy lightning delay to grab a 28-19 road win over Whiteville.
In a game that included more than two dozen penalty flags, Jathan Deberry proved to be a difference-maker with a pair of touchdowns before the half to give North Brunswick an 18-7 lead at the break. Deberry pushed across the goal line from one yard out to make it 10-0 midway through the second quarter and hit Jordan Howard on a 55-yard strike to set up one more rushing score from inside two yards.
Whiteville rallied to within five after the break, but Latrell Hill took a 62-yard sprint into the end zone with eight minutes to go in the third quarter to give the Scorpions a little breathing room before the Wolfpack responded with a touchdown later in the frame to make it 25-19 in favor of North Brunswick.
A 35-yard field goal by Mike Rivers extended the advantage to nine near the midway point of the fourth quarter and the Scorpions’ defense held strong late in the final frame to secure Larry Brock’s first victory as new head coach.
N. Brunswick 3-15-7-3=28
West Brunswick 25 Socastee 13
With wet and sloppy field conditions in South Carolina, West Brunswick won the turnover battle and held off Socastee to pick up a season-opening 25-13 victory under first-year coach Kelly Williamson.
Both teams had trouble holding onto the football Friday night, but after Brandon Wehrly deflected a pass into the hands of Nate Gilbert for the interception, the Trojans finally got the offense moving as Hunter Ashburn picked up his first touchdown pass of the season to Quinlyn Moore for a 6-0 lead with 10 minutes left in the first half.
The West Brunswick defense continued to pressure the Braves and forced another turnover when Malik King picked up the fumble and took it inside the Socastee 20-yard line.
With a six-point edge heading into the second half, Shikeem Hill capped off a 97-yard drive with a three-yard run to give the Trojans a 12-point edge as the two programs split the final 12 minutes, scoring 13 points apiece.
West Brunswick (1-0) will play their next two games at home in Shallotte beginning on Friday, Aug. 28 against South Columbus.
W. Brunswick 0-6-6-13=25