SHALLOTTE- A lightning delay that pushed the conclusion of West Brunswick’s home opener to Saturday night was about the only thing that could stop Bubba McCray on week one of the football season. The senior rushed for 267 yards and three touchdowns as the Trojans picked up a 43-28 victory against Socastee, S.C.
West Brunswick had a 19-6 cushion when played resumed with 3:09 left in the first half as Maliek King and Tariq Thomas each scored a short yardage touchdown to go along with McCray’s 60 yard score to put the Trojans in front.
Socastee answered with a touchdown drive late in the second quarter and used a two-point conversion to pull within five at the break, but the Trojans took the second half kickoff and turned it into eight points thanks to McCray. Back to full strength after an injury latent junior campaign, McCray had touchdowns runs of 60, 31, and 85 yards.
With West Brunswick leading 27-14, Kasey Hollar recovered a fumble to give the ball back to the Trojans and Thomas made his second trip passed the goal line to put the game out of reach midway through the third period.
Jimmy Cochran and Taye Vereen each played a big role on defense for West Brunswick, while the Trojans rushed for 472 yards in all on 53 attempts. Thomas gained 106 yards on nine carries.
West Brunswick improved to 1-0 overall and head to South Columbus for a date with the Stallions on Aug. 26.
Trask 16 Topsail 15
B.J. Jordan scored a 35-yard touchdown with 4:08 remaining in the fourth quarter to lift Trask past Topsail 16-15 in Hampstead.
With the Titans leading 2-0 the night prior, lightning postponed the affair until 6 p.m. on Saturday night and the delay looked to benefit Topsail before the late score by Jordan.
Touchdowns by D.J. Montano and Trey Brown gave the Pirates a 15-2 advantage with four minutes left in the third quarter, but Trask found the end zone on a 50 yard run by Steven Jordan at the 9:21 mark of the final frame to set up the game-winning score by B.J. Jordan as a Topsail 47-yard field goal attempt with time running out fell short.
Topsail (0-1) continues its non-conference slate with a trip to Pender on Friday, Aug. 26. Trask (1-0) plays in their home opener against South Robeson.