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Vikings down Rampants, 48-21

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D.H. Conley's Mark Warren (#6) gets away with the ball during a game against J.H. Rose High School, Friday evening.

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Friday, October 19, 2018

D.H. Conley bested rival J.H. Rose on the gridiron for the second straight year Friday night, 48-21, increasing their win streak to six straight in the process.

“This is an awesome feeling,” Conley head coach Nate Conner said. “The most important thing is that it puts us in a great situation in the conference, and all our goals are ahead of us and right there. Our kids played really hard and I’m really proud of them.” 

Conley quarterback Nick Hamilton had another stellar performance, finishing 17-for-26 for 328 yards and two passing touchdowns. He also added a rushing touchdown. Receiver CJ Johnson had another great performance, leading the Vikings (6-2, 4-0) in rushing (five carries, 83 yards, two touchdowns) and receiving (five receptions 125 yards, two TDs). 

Rose quarterback Grant Charles Jarman rebounded after a rough first half to finish 15-for-29 for 232 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Shaquan Perry led the ground game, rushing for 42 yards on six carries and a touchdown. Grant Humphries made the most of his share of passes out of the backfield, leading the Rampants (5-3, 2-2) with three receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown.

“I thought our defense did a decent job. We put (the Vikings offense) in a lot of bad situations,” Rose head coach Dave Wojtecki said. “They were on the field a long time. Offensively, we have to be better at playing against teams that are pressuring us and playing man coverage on us.”

Conley got on the board early and never looked back. Starting at the 50 on their first offensive possession, the Vikings needed only two plays to enter the red zone, and only five for Hamilton to tuck the ball on an option-keeper and rush five yards to give Conley the lead 7-0. Johnson scored the first of his four touchdowns of the night on Conley’s next possession, scoring on a 23 yard hand-off after pushing through several defenders along the way to make the score to 14-0.

Things only got worse for Rose in the second quarter, as Hamilton connected with Nyck Brown on a short route. Brown turned on the jets to score a 43-yard touchdown and make the score 21-0. Jarman felt the heat in the first half, constantly being tormented by the Vikings’ defense. With 4:05 left in the half and on the verge of scoring, Jarman was hit as he threw. The ball landed in the hands of Conley linebacker Jalin Wright, who traveled 95 yards on his way to the end zone. Conley was in complete control at 27-0 after the missed extra point. 

Rose got on the board on the following drive, as Shaquan Perry went right through the middle of the Vikings defense on his way to a 26-yard score. Rose was in the hole, trailing 27-7 at the half. 

After forcing a punt on Rose’s first possession of the second half, Brown made his presence known once again, blocking a Wesley Shade punt that rolled out of bounds at the 14-yard line. Conley turned the ball over on downs after taking possession as a Johnson rush was deemed just inches short of the first-down marker. 

Hamilton wasn’t done with his performance, as he hit Chance Brown, who ran 14 yards for the score. The board was getting more lopsided as Conley took a 34-7 lead. Rose fought back to end the third quarter, as Jarman connected with Humphreys, who shrugged off four Conley players and finished off an 83-yard catch with a touchdown to make the score 37-14.

The ensuing Conley possession didn’t start as planned, as Mark Warren was dropped for a two-yard loss. It didn’t matter to Johnson though, as he took in a pass from Hamilton and outran the field for a 74-yard touchdown with 7:53 to go. The scoreboard showed this one was all but over at 48-14.

The final score of the night came from the Rampants, as Jarman connected with Zane Noles on a short slant route to reach pay dirt.

Conley hosts Southern Wayne next Friday, while Rose travels to Eastern Wayne. 

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