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WILMINGTON- Time of possession guided by a dedicated effort in the run game and a strong defensive performance lifted the West Brunswick football team on Friday to a 28-6 road victory against Ashley.
Senior Anthony ‘Bubba’ McCray led a plethora of running backs to touch the ball with 200 yards on the ground and four touchdowns. McCray is on his way to becoming the first 1,000 yard rusher in the area with 920 yards through six games and 13 trips to the end zone. He added two catches for 24 yards late in the game.
On defense, the Trojans pitched a shutout and allowed just 46 total yards thanks to a good push up front. Trailing 14-6 at the break, Ashley received the opening kickoff to start the second half, but Toney Williams intercepted the first play of the third quarter to give possession back to West Brunswick.
Senior Anthony ‘Bubba’ McCray is on his way to becoming the first 1,000 yard rusher in the area with 920 yards through six games and 13 trips to the end zone.
The Screaming Eagles were able to grab a 6-0 advantage midway through the opening period when Sean Ross scooped up a fumble and took it 35 yards for the touchdown. However, it was the only score of the night for an Ashley team dealing with several key injuries. Despite being on the field for a good portion of the ball game, Joe Barbera highlighted a gritty effort by the Screaming Eagles’ defense.
Following the Ashley score, McCray took the ensuing kick return to the Screaming Eagles’ 36 yard line and used a 33 yard run and extra point by Brandon Wehrly to take a lead it would not relinquish. Wehrly converted all four point after attempts in the game.
West Brunswick had seven different ball carriers in the game and helped the Trojans record nearly 400 yards of total offense. Maliek King, Tariq Thomas, Owen McDowell and Damonte Daniels aided the ground attack aided up front by offensive lineman Monty Stanley and company.
Penalties on offense were the only chink in the armor for West Brunswick, but the Trojans were able to overcome the miscues for the most part. An 84 yard drive capped by a McCray three yard touchdown gave the visitors a seven point edge with 6:57 to play in the first half.
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Additional scores from 31 yards out late in the third quarter and 13 yard touchdown in the final frame moved West Brunswick to 1-0 in conference and 5-1 overall. Next up for the Trojans is a league game against Topsail on Homecoming Night in Shallotte on Friday, Sept. 30.
Ashley dropped to 2-2 overall and play a non-conference game at home against North Brunswick on Friday, Sept. 30.