West Brunswick's defense shines in win

West Brunswick, before Friday's 27-6 victory over Whiteville, had given up 28 or fewer points in six of its previous seven games.

But the maligned defense nearly recorded a shutout.

Whiteville's touchdown came following a Trojan turnover deep in its own territory.

"Our defense, by far, played its best game,'' Trojans coach Jimmy Fletcher said. "Except for a few fumbles, we played really well.

"We played more of an attacking, aggressive defense.''

Quarterback Taylor Buffkin again was the linchpin with 122 yards rushing and touchdown runs of 73 and 18 yards, while Phillip Gause returned a fumble 86 yards for a touchdown.

West Brunswick is open next week before ending the regular season with West Bladen and South Columbus.

Vikings fall short in classic battle vs. New Bern

"If we get the win, yes, it is one of the best games I have ever been involved in,'' Hoggard coach Scott Braswell said Saturday morning, one day after a 35-34 loss to New Bern in the Mideastern 4A Conference.

The Vikings went for two points and the win late, but came up short.

He reiterated he was not second-guessing himself.

"I wish we had executed the play better, but I am at peace with the decision,'' he said

Titans put together monster game

Trask coach Glenn Sellers was ecstatic Saturday morning following a 40-10 rout of Hobbton the previous night.

"It is one of the better games we have played this year,'' he said. "Although we lost to North Brunswick early (50-44), we played with the same type of intensity in this game. We finally played well for four quarters.''

Josh Wright and Quan Brown each rushed for more than 100 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns apiece.

The Titans are tied for third in the Tri-County 1A Conference with three games left.

Laney manhandles Rampants

Laney senior quarterback Mike Sheehan accounted for 368 yards total offense and five touchdowns in a 51-28 romp over Greenville Rose.

"Mike has good games because he is smart and knows what we need to get done,'' Buccaneers coach Greg Ditz said. "He knew we needed to move the chain, so he ran the ball (86 yards rushing).

"That is why he will do a great job for some college. We are just excited having him on our team.''

Ditz praised the offensive line for run blocking in the second half and fullback Ryan Lilley (game-high 124 yards rushing).

"Ryan put his head down and got the key yards for us,'' Ditz said. "And I thought we played well defensively and felt we could go deep on them with some passes because of our speed and stuff.''

Extra points

Tyree Smith scored on a 54-yard run and Tremaine Simpson added a 3-yard TD run, but it was not enough as Pender suffered a 14-12 loss to Midway. With a 2-6 record, the Patriots are on pace for their first losing seasons since 2005 when they finished 4-8. ... East Duplin's Dijon Poole returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown for his fourth kick return TD this season. The Panthers whipped Croatan 38-13 ... Red Springs outlasted East Columbus 47-32 behind a pair of 75-yard kick returns by Julian Williams, while Red Springs quarterback Blake Green threw for 220 yards and two TDs.