South Brunswick 54 Pender 26
South Brunswick football got back in the win column on Friday night thanks to a big effort from Josh Carter as the Cougars pulled out a 54-26 victory over Pender.
Carter rushed for over 260 yards and recorded five total touchdowns, including a 95-yard kickoff return.
Following an 85-yard pick six by Justin Hooper to put Pender on the board, South Brunswick scored 14 unanswered points to take a seven-point lead after the opening 12 minutes.
Carter had a six-yard touchdown run and took a 73-yard carry into the end zone to give the Cougars a 14-6 advantage after Cliff Watson recovered a fumble to force a Patriots turnover.
Justin Burrows dove past the goal line for a one-yard score with nine minutes to go in the first half to get Pender to within two before Robert Watkins connected with Robert Dyer on a big play down field to give South Brunswick a nine-point lead as lightning delayed play in Boiling Spring Lakes at the break.
When the game resumed, Carter punched in his third score of the night from one yard and Caleb Clemmons found the end zone on a short yardage situation to put the game out of reach as the Cougars grabbed a 35-12 edge heading into the final frame.
South Brunswick moved to 2-1 overall and will face cross-county North Brunswick at home on Friday, September 11.
S. Brunswick 14-7-14-19=54
Topsail 20 Dixon 0
Topsail carried a 13-0 lead into the second half and added a third quarter touchdown to shutout Dixon 20-0 in Hampstead.
D.J. Montano rushed for 97 yards and two touchdowns before leaving the game because of injury, while Grant McKoy capped the scoring with a 76-yard run with 6:10 to play in the fourth quarter.
Mantano put Topsail on the board with a 52-yard run early in the opening frame and scored four minutes later from four yards out to give the Pirates a two-score lead. Lightning delayed the start of the second half, but when play resumed the Pirates continued to use the ground game as Topsail finished with 321 rushing yards.
Jacob Floyd also completed 5 of 13 passes for the Pirates and Justin Smith made 12 carries for 79 yards.
Topsail improved to 3-0 overall and travel to Croatan on Friday, September 11.
Topsail-D. J. Montano 52 run (Jorge Gonzalez kick), 8:01
Topsail-D. J. Montano 4 run (Kick blocked), 4:36
Topsail-Grant McKoy 76 run (Jorge Gonzalez kick), 6:10
Topsail Stats: Rushing – D, J, Montano 7-97; Josh Smith 2-24; Justin Smith 12-79; Grant McKoy 7-117; Passing =- Jacob Floyd 5-13-41, 1 int.; Receiving: Drew Gaither 1-6; Kyle Wright 2-1; Hunter Potts 1-24; Aaron Pacheco 1-10.
Ashley (0-2) @ Fairmont (0-1)
Ashley had a 7-0 lead over Fairmont in the second quarter before thunderstorms postponed the contest until 6:30 p.m. on Monday.
North Myrtle Beach 34 West Brunswick 7
Hunter Ashburn hit Owen McDowell across the middle for a 15-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late for West Brunswick as North Myrtle Beach jumped out to a 28-point lead before putting the finishing touches on a 34-7 victory in Shallotte on Friday night.
The Trojans fell to 2-1 overall heading into a brief two-game road swing beginning at Whiteville on Friday, September 11.
N. Myrtle Beach 14-14-0-6=34
W. Brunswick 0-0-0-7=7
Ashley 4 Coastal Christian 1
Coastal Christian scored off a direct kick one minute into the match, but Ashley tallied four unanswered goals to pick up a 4-1 result on Friday night.
Drew Walters found the back of the net twice, while Josh Chapman and Duenis Aviola each added goals for the Screaming Eagles.