West Brunswick 34 North Brunswick 7
West Brunswick got back in the win column after a tough couple of weeks as the Trojans erased an early one-point deficit to grab a 34-7 win over North Brunswick in Leland.
After going down by six, Shaquan Graham scored the lone touchdown for the Scorpions off the ensuing kickoff, an 86-yard return to give North Brunswick a 7-6 lead after 12 minutes of action.
It was all Trojans after the big play. Shikeem Hill recorded his second score of the night midway through the second quarter and Owen McDowell completed a pass to Tariq Thomas for the two-point conversion to make it 14-7 in favor of West Brunswick. A fumble recovery by the Trojans on the ensuing drive set up a 30-yard touchdown pass from Hunter Ashburn to DaQuan Burgess before Burgess made a leaping grab on the final play of the first half on a 25-yard toss from Ashburn in the end zone.
An interception by West Brunswick set the final points of the game, Hill’s third touchdown of the game. The Trojans continued to force turnovers on the defensive end as key plays in the secondary kept North Brunswick’s passing game in check.
West Brunswick moved to 3-2 overall and play at home against Ashley in the conference opener for both teams on Friday, September 25. North Brunswick fell to 2-2 heading into a home game against Ashley on October 2.
W. Brunswick 6-22-6-0=34
N. Brunswick 7-0-0-0=7
Jacksonville 34 Topsail 12
After D.J. Montano gave Topsail a six-point lead with 6:19 to play in the first quarter, Jacksonville responded in a big way as the Cardinals rallied for a 34-12 victory in Hampstead on Friday night.
Rashaud Whittington had two big runs for touchdowns, a 97-yard play to give Jacksonville a 13-6 advantage with 6:48 to play in the first half, and a 71-yard run late in the third quarter to cap the offensive scoring. A.J. Bennett also scooped a fumble and took it even from 42 yards out to make it 24-7 before Josh Smith scored from three yards out late in the final frame for Topsail.
Montano finished with 94 yards on 24 carries, while Justin Smith made seven rushes for 30 yards. Drew Gaither also finished with nine carries to pace Topsail’s running attack.
The Pirates have now lost two straight to fall to 3-2. Topsail opens conference play with a trip to Buctown for a date with the Bucs on Friday, September 25.
Topsail 6- 0-0-6=12
Topsail: D. J. Montano 3 run (Kick blocked), 6:19
Jacksonville: Jaicai Boone 11 run (Ryan Brennan kick), 0:00
Jacksonville: Rashaud Whittington 97 run (Ryan Brennan kick), 6:48
Jacksonville: Malcolm Lambert 15 run (Kick failed), 1:32
Jacksonville: Rashaud Whittington 71 run (Ryan Brennan kick), 3:07
Jacksonville: A. J. Bennett 42 Fumble Return (Ryan Brennan kick), 2:46
Topsail: Josh Smith 3 run (Kick failed), 0:25.8
Stats: Rush – (T) – Drew Gaither 9-38; Justin Smith 7-30; Jacob Floyd 7-14; D. J. Montano 24-94; (J) – Rashaud Whittington 8-186; Malcolm Lambert 11-54; Jaicai Boone 6-23. Passing – (T) – Jacob Floyd 4-8-73, Int.; (J) – Jaicai Boone 10-13-80. Receiving – (T) – Hunter Potts 2-29; Drew Gaither 1-1; Justin Smith 1-43; (J) – Chris Coleman 3-30; Montell Pollock 1-7; Michael Ervin 3-16; Malcom Lambert 1-9; A. J. Bennett 2-18.