New Hanover 30 Purnell Swett 20
New Hanover jumped out to an early three-score lead and held off a second half surge by Purnell Swett to get back in the win column following a 30-20 result on Monday night.
Burke Estes found Wiz Vaughn on a 50-yard strike during the final play of the first quarter to give New Hanover a 17-0 advantage after 12 minutes of action.
Purnell Swett got on the board to close the deficit early in the third quarter, but Freddie Taylor had a 28-yard catch and run for the score to make it 24-8 before the home team put up 12 unanswered points to make it a four-point game early in the four quarter.
However, Vaughn gave the Wildcats some breathing room with a 45-yard touchdown run with 7:36 remaining in the ballgame.
New Hanover snapped a brief two-game skid to improve to 3-2 overall. The Wildcats open conference play against Hoggard on Friday, October 2.
New Hanover 17-0-7-6=30
Purnell Swett 0-0-8-12=20
West Brunswick 25 Ashley 0
Quinlyn Moore accounted for two touchdowns including a long interception return as West Brunswick blanked Ashley 25-0 in the conference opener for both teams on Monday night.
The Trojans and Screaming Eagles were pitted in a scoreless contest until early in the second quarter when Bubba McCray capped a 63-yard drive with a short yardage score to give the Trojans a 6-0 lead.
Both teams each turned the ball over midway through the second period as Moore intercepted a pass from Caleb Parker after the Screaming Eagles recovered a Trojans fumble.
On the ensuing drive, Hunter Ashburn bought some time in the pocket and found Moore on a 19-yard touchdown strike to grab a 12-0 advantage at the break. Shikeem Hill and Maliek King combined for over 100 yards on the ground through the first half.
Offensive penalties killed West Brunswick’s opening possession of the third quarter, but the Trojans defense forced a Screaming Eagles turnover deep in their own territory and Ashburn scampered into the end zone from 16 yards out to put the game in check with 2:17 to play in the frame.
Moore scored his third touchdown of the game early in the final period with his second interception of the night to close out the scoring in Shallotte.
West Brunswick improved to 1-0 in conference and 4-2 overall. Ashley fell to 0-1 in league play and 1-4 on the year. Both teams have a short week of practice leading to up week seven of the season on Friday, Oct 2.
W. Brunswick 0-12-6-7=25