Weather cancels Bucs’ road game; high school football preview

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After Northern Nash persuaded Laney to play its week four matchup on Thursday night rather than Friday because of weather concerns, lightning and rain delayed the start of the second quarter for more than one hour and eventually cancelled the contest after more storms swept through Rocky Mount as both teams headed to the locker room for halftime.

Jamius Beckett.
Jamius Beckett.

Laney has played back-to-back games on the road, traveling a total of 630 miles and finish their road swing at East Bladen on September 18.

Some of the first half highlights include, Sharod Sidbury jarring the ball loose on third and long to force a Northern Nash turnover on the first drive of the ballgame.

The Knights’ second drive ultimately stalled thanks to the efforts of senior defensive end Ryan Daborowski, who hurried the quarterback to force a long down and distance before Eli Boone picked up a sack.

A holding penalty on the next Laney drive created a 3rd and 18 situation, and Travone Greene just missed a pass downfield to Ryan Williams as the Buccaneers punted on its first two drives of the game.

After the 90-minute break, Laney forced another North Nash fumble, but the Bucs were stuffed on fourth and goal from the one-yard line late in the second quarter. The Knights got the board just before halftime on a four-yard touchdown pass as Northern Nash took a 6-0 lead.

Week four high school football schedule

Hoggard (1-2) @ Charlotte Christian

Showing vast improvement on the offensive side over the past two weeks, Hoggard has a tough test tonight as the Vikings travel to the Queen City to face Charlotte Christian. These two teams squared off last season in what could have been the game of the year before weather postponed the contest in Wilmington after halftime.

Hoggard has been able to move the chains all season and finally converted those drives into touchdowns in a 27-26 loss to Pine Forest last week. A late touchdown proved to be the difference, while Tony Allen continues to pound the rock. The junior running back has 325 rushing yards on 46 carries this season. Classmate Rashad Wallace has also been steady in the backfield, with 29 rushes for 151 yards through three games.

Rashad Wallace. Photo courtesy- John Crouch
Rashad Wallace. Photo courtesy- John Crouch

Bryant Sasser has been an accurate passer moving the pocket left-to-right, and Keon Bradley made two touchdown receptions in last week’s ballgame.

Hoggard’s defense has been led by seniors Will Kandare and Omar Jones, who both have three sacks this season.

The kicking game proved to be a valuable commodity last week as Caleb Kuhne connected on 2-of-3 attempts, including a 46 yard field goal, but the kickoff team has surrendered two touchdown returns in three games.

North Brunswick (1-1) @ South Brunswick (2-1)

Coming off the bye week, North Brunswick makes the short trip to Boiling Spring Lakes as the Scorpions take on a much improved South Brunswick football team.

Josh Carter accounted for five touchdowns in last week’s 54-26 win over Pender. The Cougars improved to 2-1 overall, while North Brunswick has been steady on both sides of the ball, with a 47-46 point differential through two games.

Friday’s matchup also serves as a homecoming for Scorpions’ Head Coach Larry Brock, who will return to his alma mater for the first time as a head coach after taking over the job in Leland earlier this year.

 Topsail (3-0) at Croatan

Topsail has sprinted out of the gate thanks to a strong running game and face a big test Friday night when the Pirates travel to Croatan. D.J. Montano’s status throughout practice was a question mark after the standout running back left last week’s game with a lower leg injury.

Topsail looks to improved on its 3-0 mark. Photo courtesy- Stephanie Hollis Ottaway.
Topsail looks to improved on its 3-0 mark. Photo courtesy- Stephanie Hollis Ottaway.

If Montano is unavailable, look for Drew Gaither, Justin Smith and Grant McCoy to take over the workload. All three running backs have over 100 yards rushing this season. Sophomore quarterback Jacob Floyd also continues to mature under center, completing 13-of-23 pass attempts in three games, with one touchdown and one interception.

West Brunswick (2-1) @ Whiteville

West Brunswick looks to get back in the win column after disappointing week three setback at home to North Myrtle Beach. Hunter Ashburn has found Quinlyn Moore for a touchdown reception in each of the first three games played, but the Trojans have struggled with turnovers.

Junior running back Anthony McCray has also been hampered with injuries, but if West Brunswick can get the run game going early and hold onto the ball, the Trojans are in good position to grab a road win at Whiteville.