PREPS: Rose wins abbreviated game
The Daily Reflector
Monday, September 3, 2018
WILSON -- Apparently lightning does strike twice.
Two tries and two storms later, the weather had the ultimate say in the outcome of a J.H. Rose win over Hunt in a game originally scheduled for Friday, but delayed and again forced into a premature end Monday evening.
After lightning forced the teams off the field Friday inside Warrior Stadium, the decision was made to resume the contest Monday with the Rampants owning a 14-6 lead at the end of one quarter.
As Hunt trailed 21-14 with 9:49 remaining Monday, lightning was again spotted in the area. Approximately 70 minutes later, officials made the decision to halt the game with the Warriors owning possession on a second-and-12 from their own 39-yard line.
Since the game had progressed beyond halftime and per North Carolina High School Athletic Association rules, the Rampants were awarded the lightning-shortened victory to remain unbeaten through three games. Hunt fell to 2-1.
“I feel like that’s a very winnable game,” Hunt coach Keith Byrum said. “We didn’t get an opportunity to finish it. I’m frustrated for the kids. ... We had been moving the ball well. I wanted them to get an opportunity to see if we could move the ball down the field and stick it in.”
Penalties hurt the Warriors in the second half, including being flagged for a pair of unsportsmanlike conduct fouls and a defensive pass interference during one drive. Rose senior quarterback Grant Jarman ended the drive when he faked a handoff and rolled to his left, finding receiver Jake Rogers for a 3-yard touchdown.
The Jarman-to-Rogers connection was responsible for all three TDs for the Rampants over the span of four days, including a pair of 18-yard scores on Friday night prior to the delay.
“You never want it to end kind of like it has,” Rose coach Dave Wojtecki said. “It has been a long few days. Both of us have teams to prepare for on Friday as well. You don’t want it to end that way, but you just want it to be over. Happy that our guys came out of halftime and kind of got a little energy out of half and played a little bit better.
“But it’s tough to start a game, stop and come back, start another one and stop. It’s tough on the kids that way.”
Jarman finished 10-of-20 for 96 yards and his three TDs to Rogers, who had five grabs for 41 yards.
JHR gets a visit from Havelock on Friday in another meeting of unbeatens.
- Jimmy Lewis/Wilson Times
D.H. Conley 56, Washington 45
WASHINGTON — In what was an action-packed, high-scoring football game complete with slick plays, long touchdown runs and a lengthy lightning delay at halftime, D.H. Conley ultimately outlasted the Washington Pam Pack during Week 2 action last Friday night.
Although the score makes it look like the two teams battled it out from start to finish, that wasn’t the case in the second half. The last 24 minutes of the game belonged to Conley (1-2), which outscored Washington 28-12 to seal the win.
“I think our kids are hard-working, dedicated and focused,” Conley coach Nate Conner said. “We came out and did a great job adjusting and talking about some things at halftime and using that time as a bonus. Not wasting time, not complaining about the time but using it as a positive for us and it helped us a lot.”
Conley star receiver C.J. Johnson scored the first three touchdowns for the Vikings, but Washington’s Michael Clark and Montrice Selby joined in on the action. The duo had four combined rushing touchdowns during the first half, including a 46-yarder from Selby for the Pam Pack (1-2) to take a 33-28 halftime lead.
Then it was the Johnson show, and he started the third quarter by outracing the Pam Pack defenders in the open field for another touchdown to regain the lead for the Vikings with a 35-33 advantage. It turned out to be the game-winning score for the Vikes, who never looked back and took a 48-33 advantage behind more big plays from Johnson and Isaiah Gamble.
Washington cut the lead to nine point in the fourth period, but the Viking defense also forced a pair of key turnovers during the quarter.
— Robert Romero, Washington Daily News
D.H. Conley 3
New Hanover 0
D.H. Conley will take a 7-0 record into today’s match and the last win was 25-10, 25-16, 25-15 against New Hanover in Wilmington in a battle of annual state playoff teams.
Match leaders for DHC were Alexis Desoto (nine kills), Hannah Shafer (three blocks) and Kourtney Stone (three digs).
Parrott Academy 9
Coastal Christian 0
Parrott Academy improved its season record to 3-0 in dominating fashion when it swept Coastal Christian without dropping a game in any match.
D.H. Conley 2
New Hanover 0
The undefeated Vikings routed New Hanover 25-4, 25-2. Olivia Dees, Alyssa Thomas and Ella Philpott each had three kills.