Friday Night Recap Week 6

Friday Night Spotlight Game of the Week

#9 East Duplin 14, #3 Wallace-Rose Hill 12

Rivalry. It’s the greatest single word sports. It’s simple; they don’t like us, we don’t like them. In high school sports, rivalries are amplified tenfold. With the increased desire to win at all costs, rivalry games are the ultimate wildcard; anything can and will happen. The fans that filled the Wallace-Rose Hill Bulldogs’ football stadium Friday night experienced a good old fashioned rivalry game. No, not the classic blow-for-blow battle we’re used to seeing, but a struggle between two teams deciding who wanted the victory more. The East Duplin Panthers hadn’t beat the Wallace-Rose Hill Bulldogs since the seniors on both rosters were in 8th grade. That was until Friday Night.

East Duplin came out firing in the 1st Quarter. On the Panthers’ opening possession, Senior Jalen Mitchell punched a 4-yard run into the end zone; the extra point gave East Duplin a 7-0 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, the Panthers saw an opportunity and seized. Panther head coach Battle Holley had noticed during game-film study of Wallace-Rose Hill that the Bulldogs do not usually have anyone covering the right side of the field during kickoffs. The Bulldogs showed said formation after the touchdown, so the East Duplin sideline called for the pooch kick to the right. Risk turned reward for the Panthers who recovered the onside kick and capitalized with a Cameron Hall 37-yard touchdown pass to Jaylen Thomas to extend the lead to 14-0 after the Jesus Navarro extra-point.

The Panthers have made their living this season behind an effective running game and a stout defense. Only once this season have the Panthers allowed more than two touchdowns in one game. Obviously, the defending 1AA State Champion Bulldogs are much better than most of East Duplin’s opponents to date, but it was hard to tell based on the Panthers’ defensive performance Friday Night.

On paper, without looking at the final score, East Duplin dominated the game. On the field, East Duplin utterly controlled the ball and the clock as they’ve done all season. In terms of ball control, East Duplin recorded 71 offensive snaps compared to Wallace-Rose Hill’s mere 26. The Panthers gained 358 total yards, 310 of which came on 67 attempts rushing. Jalen Mitchell led the Panther ground attack with 28 carries for 141 yards.

As advertised, the East Duplin defense played like Panthers on the prowl. After the game, Junior Amaru Herring said, “…coach told us to fill up the hole, do our job and make sure they couldn’t go inside the hole. When we did that, they couldn’t go nowhere.” That game plan was evident as Wallace-Rose Hill was only able to muster 188 offensive yards.

The Bulldogs showed signs of life in the 3rd Quarter. Big touchdown runs from Javonte Williams (71 yards) and Desmond Newkirk (55 yards) put Wallace-Rose Hill right back into the game, but a blocked point after and a failed two-point attempt on the subsequent touchdown would leave the Bulldogs down 14-12. Wallace-Rose Hill only gained 188 yards throughout the game, 126 of which came on their lone two scoring plays.

In the 4th Quarter, East Duplin regained their composure and bled the game clock out to end Wallace-Rose Hill’s chances. Bulldog head-coach Kevin Motsinger: “Our kids fought back in the second half, but we made way too many mistakes and we didn’t find ways to win when we needed to win. We couldn’t get them off the field. I didn’t hit the right buttons. That’s on me.”

Wallace-Rose Hill (4-1, 1-1) will look to get back in the win column this Friday Night in Dunn for a conference game at Midway High School (3-3, 1-0). East Duplin (6-0, 1-0) will be back in Beulaville for a bout with conference foe Spring Creek (3-2, 0-1).


Top 25 Rundown

4A

School (Record)

Score

Week 6 Opponent

1 Wake Forest (6-0) 49-10 vs 3A Franklinton
2 Mallard Creek (5-0) 27-13 at #16 Z.B. Vance
3 Heritage (6-0) 52-7 at Holly Springs
4 West Forsyth (5-0) 28-13 vs 3A South Iredell
5 Scotland (3-1) 48-20 at Jack Britt
6 Page (5-1) 41-0 vs 3A Southern Guilford
7 Glenn (5-0) BYE
8 Myers Park (5-0) 41-0 at Garinger
9 Harding Uni. (5-1) 45-21 vs #11 West Mecklenburg
10 Hoggard (5-0) 41-0 at 3A Topsail
11 West Mecklenburg (4-2) 21-45 at #9 Harding University
12 D.W. Butler (3-1) 16-0 vs Rocky River
13 East Forsyth (4-1) 35-7 at Grimsley
14 Middle Creek (4-2) 28-20 at Wakefield
15 Providence (4-2) 43-13 vs Ardrey Kell
16 Z.B. Vance (3-2) 13-27 vs #2 Mallard Creek
17 Pinecrest (3-2) 14-28 vs #21 Seventy-First
18 Sanderson (4-2) 21-7 vs Enloe
19 Hickory Ridge (5-0) 30-15 at Independence
20 Davie (3-3) 17-30 vs 3A #16 A.L. Brown
21 Seventy-First (4-1) 28-14 at #17 Pinecrest
22 Cardinal Gibbons (5-0) 47-3 vs Leesville Road
23 Richmond (3-2) 56-34 vs Purnell Swett
24 Hough (3-2) 51-8 vs Hopewell
25 South View (5-0) BYE

 

3A

School (Record)

Score

Week 6 Opponent

1 Dudley (5-0) BYE
2 Charlotte Catholic (5-0) 49-6 vs Monroe
3 Lee County (5-0) BYE
4 New Hanover (5-0) 50-0 at South Brunswick
5 Mount Tabor (4-2) 42-14 at B.L. Smith
6 Marvin Ridge (5-0) 42-14 vs Piedmont
7 Havelock (5-1) 56-0 at Hunt
8 Southern Nash (5-1) 58-7 vs White Oak
9 Cape Fear (5-1) 42-6 at Gray’s Creek
10 Sun Valley (4-1) 35-36 at #14 Weddington
11 SE Guilford (5-1) 35-7 vs Asheboro
12 Crest (3-2) 35-6 at Forestview
13 Western Alamance (5-0) 49-6 vs Rockingham County
14 Weddington (4-1) 36-35 vs #10 Sun Valley
15 D.H. Conley (5-1) 55-19 at Eastern Wayne
16 A.L. Brown (5-1) 30-17 at 4A #20 Davie
17 Terry Sanford (4-1) 38-13 at 4A Overhills
18 Jacksonville (4-1) BYE
19 Eastern Alamance (5-0) 14-10 vs NE Guilford
20 Eastern Guilford (4-2) 41-7 vs W.M. Williams
21 A.C. Reynolds (5-1) 49-0 vs North Henderson
22 Clayton (5-0) 46-8 vs 4A Cary
23 Stuart Cramer (3-2) 14-48 vs Kings Mountain
24 Hillside (2-3) 49-0 at Chapel Hill
25 West Carteret (5-1) 34-19 vs 2A Farmville Central

 

2A

School (Record)

Score

Week 6 Opponent

1 South Point (5-0) BYE
2 Shelby (5-1) 0-25 at (SC #1) South Pointe
3 Wallace-Rose Hill (4-1) 12-14 vs #9 East Duplin
4 Reidsville (6-0) 47-3 vs 4A NW Guilford
5 Northeastern (5-0) 41-20 vs 1A #2 J.A. Holmes
6 North Davidson (4-1) 49-0 at South Rowan
7 Hibriten (6-0) 49-3 at Bunker Hill
8 Franklin (5-0) 42-7 at C.D. Owen
9 East Duplin (6-0) 14-12 at #3 Wallace-Rose Hill
10 South Columbus (5-0) 49-8 at 1A West Columbus
11 Mountain Heritage (5-0) 28-22 at #12 Hendersonville
12 Hendersonville (4-2) 22-28 vs #11 Mountain Heritage
13 Mount Pleasant (4-2) 18-22 vs 3A J.M. Robinson
14 East Bladen (4-1) 34-6 at Red Springs
15 Pisgah (4-2) 49-28 vs 1A #9 Polk County
16 South Granville (5-0) 52-0 at 1A Louisburg
17 Newton-Conover (4-1) 35-14 vs Lincolnton
18 Kinston (6-0) 36-13 at South Lenoir
19 SW Edgecombe (4-1) 48-35 at 3A Northern Nash
20 Randleman (4-1) 35-7 vs Wheatmore
21 Patton (4-2) 42-18 vs Foard
22 Ledford Sr. (4-1) 14-7 at Thomasville
23 Maiden (5-0) 35-21 vs Brandys
24 Whiteville (4-1) 58-12 vs 1A South Robeson
25 Clinton (2-3) 49-12 at James Kenan

 

1A

School (Record)

Score

Week 6 Opponent

1 Tarboro (6-0) 44-0 at #17 Southside
2 J.A. Holmes (5-1) 20-41 at 2A #5 Northeastern
3 Murphy (5-1) 28-12 vs #10 Robbinsville
4 Mount Airy (6-0) 37-7 at 2A Surry Central
5 Mitchell (6-0) 41-7 at 2A R-S Central
6 North Rowan (4-1) 54-7 vs North Moore
7 East Wilkes (5-0) 40-13 at 2A North Wilkes
8 Bessemer City (5-0) 22-21 vs #15 Mnt. Is. Charter
9 Polk County (4-1) 28-49 at 2A #15 Pisgah
10 Robbinsville (3-2) 12-28 at #3 Murphy
11 East Carteret (4-1) 64-14 vs 2A Dixon
12 North Stanly (4-1) 28-20 at #18 West Montgomery
13 North Duplin (4-0) BYE
14 Cherokee (5-0) 53-6 vs Carolina Gladiators
15 Mountain Is. Charter (3-2) 21-22 at #8 Bessemer City
16 Northampton County (5-1) 50-0 at Rocky Mount Prep
17 Southside (4-2) 0-44 vs #1 Tarboro
18 West Montgomery (3-2) 20-28 vs #12 North Stanly
19 Swain County (2-3) 48-7 at Hayesville
20 T.J.C.A. (5-0) 26-7 at Cherryville
21 East Surry (3-3) 33-34 at 4A Ragsdale
22 Lakewood (5-1) 42-9 vs 3A Western Harnett
23 Manteo (5-1) 21-20 at 2A Bertie
24 Princeton (4-1) 47-40 vs 2A North Johnston
25 Gates County (4-2) 21-12 at 2A Pasquotank County

 

Red= “Upset” Loss, Pink= “Upset” Win, Green= Loss to team of higher classification, Blue= Win vs team of higher classification

 


Week 6 “Upsets”

  • 4A
    • #21 Seventy-First defeats #17 Pinecrest 28-14
  • 3A
    • #10 Sun Valley loses to #14 Weddington 35-36
    • #16 A.L. Brown 30-17 over 4A #20 Davie
    • Kings Mountain beats #23 Stuart Cramer 48-14
  • 2A
    • #9 East Duplin 14, #3 Wallace-Rose Hill 12
  • 1A

4A

2 Mallard Creek (5-0) 27
16 Z.B. Vance (3-2) 13

 

South Iredell (4-2) 13
4 West Forsyth (5-0) 28

 

11 West Mecklenburg (4-2) 21
9 Harding University (5-1) 45

 

16 3A A.L. Brown (5-1) 30
20 Davie (3-3) 17

 

21 Seventy-First (4-1) 28
17 Pinecrest (3-2) 14

 

Leesville Road (3-3) 3
22 Cardinal Gibbons (5-0) 47

 

Purnell Swett (3-2) 34
23 Richmond (3-2) 56

3A

5 Mount Tabor (4-2) 42
B.L. Smith (3-3) 14

 

10 Sun Valley (4-1) 35
14 Weddington (4-1) 36

2A

2 Shelby (5-1) 0
1 (SC) South Pointe (5-0) 25

 

9 East Duplin (6-0) 14
3 Wallace-Rose Hill (5-0) 12

 

4A NW Guilford (3-3) 3
4 Reidsville (6-0) 47

 

2 1A J.A. Holmes (5-1) 20
5 Northeastern (5-0) 41

 

11 Mountain Heritage (5-0) 28
12 Hendersonville (4-2) 22

 

9 1A Polk County (4-1) 28
15 Pisgah (4-2) 49

 

Wheatmore (5-1) 7
20 Randleman (4-1) 35

 

Foard (4-2) 18
21 Patton (4-2) 42

1A

1 Tarboro (6-0) 44
17 Southside (4-2) 0

 

10 Robbinsville (3-2) 12
3 Murphy (5-1) 28

 

15 Mountain Is. Charter (3-2) 21
8 Bessemer City (5-0) 22

 

12 North Stanly (4-1) 28
18 West Montgomery (3-2) 20

 

2A North Johnston 40
24 Princeton (5-1) 47

Players of the Week

QB- Jordan, Jr., Ben Miller – 17-27, 412 Yds., 3 TD

RB- North Stanly, Jr., Cameron Davis – 18 Car., 322 Yds., 3 TD

WR- Middle Creek, Sr., Jordan Mitchell – 4 Rec., 221 Yds, 3 TD

DEF- Cleveland, Sr., OLB, Jonathon Kisner – 2 Sacks, 2 TFL

DEF- Sanderson, Sr., CB, Vincent Thomas Jr. – 3 INT

K- Providence, Sr., Bryson Porzenski – 4-5 PAT, 3-4 FG ATT, LONG: 52

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