Football: Ashley gets conference win against Topsail; W. Brunswick trounces S. Brunswick

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Ashley 21     Topsail 7

Ashley took advantage of good field position early in the ballgame following three Topsail turnovers in the first half as the Screaming Eagles picked up a 21-7 homecoming win on Monday night.

Bradley Plyler put Ashley on the board with a 36-yard run with 1:38 to go in the opening frame and after the Pirates extended the Screaming Eagles’ drive by jumping offside on  fourth and short, Freddie Thames punched it in from one yard out for the 14-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Ashley chewed up more than 240 yards on the ground. Quarterback Caleb Parker was the game’s leading rusher with 26 carries for 144 yards, while the Screaming Eagles held the Pirates to just 98 total yards on offense.

Ashley took down Topsail on Monday.  Photo by Joe Catenacci
Ashley took down Topsail on Monday. Photo by Joe Catenacci

Plyler scored his second touchdown of the game late in the first half to put Ashley in position to grab their first conference victory. The workhorse finished with 12 rushes for 70 yards and Parker went to the air just three times all game, completing two passes for 40 yards.

Chris Nixon had the lone score for the Pirates on a 50-yard return at the 4:55 mark of the fourth quarter as Topsail fell to 1-2 in the division and 4-4 on the year. D.J. Montano served as the Pirates top running back, with 57 yards on 19 carries.

The Screaming Eagles moved to 1-1 in league play and 2-5 overall.

Box score

Topsail 0-0-0-0=0

Ashley  7-14-0-0=21

Scoring summary

First quarter

Ashley- Bradley Plyer 36 run (Seth Kujaweski kick), 1:38

Second quarter

Ashley – Freddie Thames 1 run (Kujawski kick), 11:18
Ashley – Bradley Plyer  run (Kujawski kick), 2:44

Fourth quarter

Topsail – Chris Nixon 50 return of punt (Jose Gonzales kick), 4:55

West Brunswick 34     South Brunswick 14

Coming off a disappointing performance last week, West Brunswick was firing on all cylinders from the opening kickoff on Monday night as the Trojans rolled to a 34-14 victory over South Brunswick in Shallotte.

West Brunswick got back in the win column on Monday. File photo.
West Brunswick got back in the win column on Monday. File photo.

Four different players found the end zone for West Brunswick during the first half as the home team jetted to a two-score lead after the first quarter. Shikeem Hill recorded the first touchdown from five yards out to cap the first drive of the game, while Maliek King scooted in from 44 yards for the 14-0 lead.

After forcing a punt to start the second quarter, Da’Quane Burgess put West Brunswick in front 21-0 and Tariq Thomas had a pick six interception to give the Trojans a healthy advantage headed into the break.

Bubba McCray added an insurance score late in the third quarter and Toney Williams also had an interception for West Brunswick, who improved to 2-1 in conference and 5-3 overall. The Trojans travel to Legion Stadium to face New Hanover on Friday, Oct. 16.

South Brunswick (0-3, 2-6) plays host to Ashley.

S. Brunswick 0-0-7-7=14

W. Brunswick 14-13-7-0=34