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Jarman, Hamilton thrive as Rose knocks off Fike, 38-35

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J.H. Rose's Kevin Hamilton celebrates during a game against Fike on Aug. 23, 2019.

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Wade Jarman made an impression in his first career varsity start Friday night, leading J.H. Rose to a shootout victory over visiting Fike, 38-35.

After leading the entirety of the first half, Rose (1-0) fell behind following an hour-and-45 minute delay due to severe weather. Coming out of the delay the Demons offense, led by quarterback Demari Daniels (9-17, 175 yards, 2 passing TD's, 6 carries, 38 rush yards, rushing touchdown), needed just five plays to drive the field and take a 28-24 lead with just under 10 minutes to go, setting up Jarman to lead his team to victory.

Jarman (18-21, 235 pass yards, 3 pass touchdowns, 7 carries, 14 rush yards) was looking to start off his legacy leading the Rampants in a memorable fashion. JHR then went on a nearly five minute drive, capped off by an incredible 19-yard touchdown catch from Kevin Hamilton (10 rec, 146 yards, 3 rec TDs) to put the Rampants ahead, 31-28.

The Rose defense, which struggled with penalties throughout the contest, then made its biggest contribution of the night, as Fike running back Aaron Bancroft was stripped of the ball, leading to a vital Rose recovery. Shaquan Perry (17 carries, 96 yards, 1 rush TD) then put the game to rest with a powerful seven-yard dive.

The Rampants' defense recorded four takeaways on the night, three fumble recoveries and an interception by Jamarc Spellman.

JHR head coach Dave Wojecki was not at the helm for the season opening contest, after having surgery on his foot which will keep him away from his duties for 3-5 weeks. Will Bland took over as interm head coach for the evening.

"I liked that they were resilient," Bland said of his squad. "We got down in the fourth quarter, and the offense came out and scored, followed by the defense getting the turnover. That led to that 10-point swing."

While Bland was pleased with JHR's performance, he also saw issues that needed to be addressed before Rose enters conference play.

"On defense we have to cut down on these silly penalties,' Bland said. "We had too many penalties tonight on silly mistakes. We have to work on that starting Monday."

Bland added that he would also like to see Jarman spread the ball more to his receivers, as he hopes to avoid defenses keying solely on Hamilton. Six receivers recorded receptions on the night, with Hamilton being the only to record more than 40 yards.

Rose will hit the road Aug. 30, as they travel to E.A. Laney.

Chargers, Seahawks to resume play Monday

On Wednesday, Ayden-Grifton decided to move their season opener against Southside on Aug. 23 from 7:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. in hopes of avoiding forecasted severe weather.

For awhile, it appeared the game would be played in full. But, with the score tied at 0-0 with 5:09 left in the second quarter, a lightning flash in the distanced forced teams off the field.

Five minutes later, the skies opened up as severe weather moved through. While the rain stopped around 7:30, lightning continued to flash for more than an hour after, forcing the game to be postponed

until Monday Aug. 26 at 6 p.m.. The game will resume with no score and 5:06 remaining in the second quarter.

-Chris Decker, The Daily Reflector

Multiple games postponed

Teams were forced to postpone an reschedule games to Monday, Aug. 26 due to severe weather Friday. North Pitt and Washington and D.H. Conley and Northeastern will join Ayden-Grifton and Southside on Monday to complete their week one matchups.

The Panthers and Vikings will kick off against their opponents at 6 p.m.. Both will be the home team.

BOYS SOCCER

Trinity 4, Unity 1

Trinity moved to 1-1-1 on the season after defeating Unity Friday night.

Brad Harris, Carter Jordan, Devin Black and Christian Lopresti all scored unassisted goals for Trinity. Goalie Brandon Gilbarte recorded 23 saves.

Oakwood 9, Faith Christian 0

Oakwood cruised to a dominating win over Faith Christian Friday.

Ryan Smith had three goals, along with Nathan Barondes and Ray Prati each adding two of their own. Gonzalo Insurralde added one goal. The ninth goal was an own goal from a Faith defender

Ray Prati, Ty Williams, Ryan Smith and Nathan Barondes each tallied an assist tonight in the win..

Oakwood is now 2-0 on the season, and will play hit the road on Tuesday as they face St. Thomas Moore.

VOLLEYBALL

John Paul II 3, Terra Ceia 0

JP2 remained perfect at 3-0 after sweeping Terra Ceia Friday evening 25-19, 25-19 and 25-13.

Leading the Saints were Hailey Davenport (20 digs) and Mary Grace Flowers (five assists, 13 aces).

JP2 returns to action Aug. 27, when they travel to face Arendell Parrott Academy.

J.H. Rose 3, Jacksonville 1

JHR (2-1) downed Jacksonville Friday night, 25-21, 25-19, 24-26 and 25-18.

Maddy Carraway (24 digs, 8 kills 2 blocks) and Sloan Carlson (10 digs, 11 assists, 7 aces) led the Rampants in the win.

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