Eagles top Rampants, 43-29
By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Six days after initially rescheduling their Week Four game from last Friday to Wednesday due to Hurricane Dorian, Northeastern and J.H. Rose finally got to meet Monday night, and visiting Northeastern walked away with its second win over a Pitt County team this season, 43-29.
After finishing the first half with Rose trailing 36-29, the teams were forced back into the locker rooms for nearly an hour as nearby inclement weather brought the game to a halt.
The teams went back in forth in the shortened second half, but costly Rose mistakes allowed Northeastern to bleed precious time from the Rampants. A critical encroachment call on third-and-4 with 4 minutes remaining in the third gave the Eagles a free first down. Northeastern continued that drive into the fourth quarter.
An unsportsmanlike call on Rose following the ensuing kickoff placed the ball at the 7-yard line, effectively ending the drive before it ever began. JHR was forced to punt the ball after gaining no yards on the drive.
Another drive for Northeastern ended in a missed field goal, giving the Rampants another shot at mounting a comeback.
Interim head coach Will Bland led JHR once again as head coach Dave Wojtecki continues to recover from foot surgery. Bland was not happy with penalties his side took in crucial situations.
“We’re going to do some opportunity drills,” Bland said on how he would address the issue. “That’s what my coaches used to call it. We’re going to get that right and hopefully next week we won’t have that problem.”
For the Rampants, quarterback Wade Jarman finished 6-for-15, throwing for 101 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also added four rushes for 61 yards.
Jarman’s top target, Kevin Hamilton, made several impressive plays, coming down with three receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown. Michael Allen pulled double duty recording three total touchdowns (8 carries, 54 yards, 2 TDs, 3 rec, 50 rec yards, TD). Shaquan Perry added 12 carries for 99 yards.
Junior quarterback Deondre Proctor put on a show for the visiting Eagles. Proctor finished 10-for-13 for 298 yards and four touchdowns, along with eight carries for 63 yards and a score. When taking to the air, senior wide receiver Hunter Hodges was the main target with five receptions for 152 yards and two touchdowns.
Eagles head coach Antonio Moore was proud of how his team handled the adversity both on the field and with the weather.
"We handled the adversity tonight," Moore said. "Pregame it's all we talked about, adversity. He's (adversity) is a man who walks around and tries to jump on your back and bring you down. When jumps on your back you just have to turn and shrug him off."
Once again the Eagles are showing they are a top team in the state. Moore had a simple response when asked what made his team so dominant.
"We're just so fortunate," he said. "God is good. That's our saying, God is good all the time. Our kids like to win and come out and compete. They competed again tonight and I'm proud of them.
Rose (2-1) will host Rocky Mount Friday, while Northeastern (3-0) will enjoy a bye week.
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