New Hanover Wildcats post first half shutout; North Brunswick Scorpions bounce back

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Blake Walston.
New Hanover Wildcats sophomore quarterback Blake Walston.

New Hanover 49    Purnell Swett 21

WILMINGTON — A well-balanced effort on the offensive side of the ball allowed New Hanover to get in front early and the defense posted a shutout in the first half to give the Wildcats a little breathing room in a 49-21 result against Purnell Swett at Legion Stadium.

Sophomore quarterback Blake Walston looked like a first-year starter at times, but the lefty was able to get the ball to his play makers to finish with 593 yards of total offense.

Led by Wiz Vaughn, who had just six carries for 201 yards, New Hanover rushed for 338 yards. Walston finished 15-of-27 for 255 yards passing, with three touchdowns and three interceptions.

The Wildcats led 28-0 at the half thanks to a concerted effort on the ground. Keegan Santos capped a seven-play drive with a two-yard touchdown midway through the first quarter to get New Hanover moving on offense. The senior running back finished with 10 rushes for 68 yards. A 58 yard score from Vaughn made it a 14-0 lead at the end of the opening frame, while Walston hit Vaughn on a 25 yard touchdown to grow the advantage. An interception by Syion Williams set up Vaughn’s third trip passed the goal line, a 49 yard touchdown late in the first half. Vaughn added three catches to finish with 263 yards of total offense.

Javeon Hall carried the ball 13 times for 61 yards, including a four yard touchdown. Walston recorded his second touchdown pass of the game on a 55 yard reception by Cole Tanner and Freddie Taylor added two more scores to close out an impressive offensive performance. Taylor finished with 70 total yards.

New Hanover snapped a three-game skid to improve to 2-3 overall. The Wildcats return to action in their Mideastern Conference opener at Hoggard on Friday, Sept. 30.

North Brunswick 28   Hickory Hawks 6

The Scorpions grabbed a bounce back win following a 28-6 victory over the Hickory Hawks. North Brunswick improved to 3-2 overall heading into a road game against Ashley on Friday, Sept. 30.