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Scorpions shake it up to win


North Brunswick running back Shack Graham runs for a long gain at Whiteville on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. (Photo by Matt Born)


WHITEVILLE | Previous Waccamaw Conference high school football foes met for a non-conference matchup Friday night to kick off the 2013 season. North Brunswick is now in the East Central and Whiteville has moved into the Three Rivers Conference.

After more than an hour of delay due to lightning in the area, North Brunswick walked off with a 19-9 victory.

Going into the third quarter, North Brunswick coach Garry Bishop inserted Randy Clark at quarterback and the decision struck lightning into his offense.

On the first play from scrimmage of the second half, Clark hit Kevon Perkins streaking past the defense. Perkins raced 88 yards for a touchdown and a 7-3 lead.

Clark connected on two more passes on North Brunswick's next drive, including a 41-yard strike to Luke Caison. Clark used a 4-yard touchdown run to put his team up 13-3 at the 7:45 mark of the third period.

The Scorpions still led by 10 when the delay arrived with 4:03 left in the third.

After play resumed, North Brunswick extended its lead to 19-3 on the second play of the final period. Clark hit Bryan Perkins for a 33-yard score.

But the Wolfpack responded. Quarterback Dylan Williams found Nate Powell racing down the right sideline and, a full 59 yards later, the score was 19-9 with 2:55 to play. Whiteville then recovered an onside kick, but couldn’t score again.

In a first half full of missed scoring chances, the only score came on Gerardo Maggioli’s 42-yard field goal with 10 seconds remaining.

Earlier, the North Brunswick special teams blocked a field-goal attempt midway through the first quarter. Later, Whiteville had reeled over seven minutes off the clock with a 13-play drive that started late in the first period and ended with 6:30 left in the second. But it ended poorly for the Wolfpack, when Tyqwann McDougal fumbled the ball into the end zone, at the goal line.

Possession went over to the Scorpions on a touchback.

McDougal wrapped up the first half with 78 yards on 11 carries and finished with a game-high 102 yards on 17 carries.

Next week, North Brunswick will play host to Trask while Whiteville will travel to East Bladen.