QBs spark Friday night victories
Sat. August 24, 2013 at 7:18 p.m. | By Eric Detweiler | StarNews Staff Writer | Eric.Detweiler@starnewsonline.com
North Brunswick quarterback Randy Clark drops back to pass against Whiteville at Legion Stadium in Whiteville on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. (Photo by Matt Born)
Hoggard's Austin Schoenleber earned the start at quarterback for the season-opener at South Columbus, in part because of his experience starting 10 games last fall at Topsail. The transfer's poise under pressure showed in a 34-19 victory with a performance that strengthened his bid to keep the job.
Coach Scott Braswell said he planned to rotate Schoenleber with sophomore Xavier Johnson, but the newcomer seized his opportunity and stayed on the field.
"I got on a roll and the coaches stuck with me," Schoenleber said. "It was just a good day. We executed the offense and moved the ball down the field."
Schoenleber finished 9-for-10 passing for 121 yards with a rushing touchdown. He showed a gift for turning broken plays into big gains on several errant shotgun snaps. The Vikings scored touchdowns on five of the seven drives he led.
Meantime, Johnson played the final two snaps of the first half and all of the fourth quarter with the game in hand. He did not attempt a pass.
"We talked about the idea of having a rotation, but if a guy got a really hot hand, we'd stick with him," Braswell said. "We didn't know which guy it would be. I just thought Austin made a lot of plays, and that comes with experience."
North Brunswick coach Garry Bishop gave junior Shelton Perkins the start at quarterback Friday against Whiteville, allowing senior Randy Clark to focus on his responsibilities at linebacker.
After a scoreless first half, Clark's move under center proved the spark the Scorpions needed in a 19-9 victory. The former tight end hit on all five passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns and added a rushing score in a sparkling half of work.
Momentum swung quickly with Clark hitting senior Kevon Perkins for an 88-yard touchdown on the first snap of the second half.
"We changed the pass route on the first play in the second half," Bishop said. "It just popped right open for us."
Afterward, Bishop said he still has confidence in Perkins, an East Carolina baseball recruit, to run the offense. Senior Emel Tilman will also be in the mix when he returns from a back injury.
West Brunswick agrees to cancellation
West Brunswick players and coaches waited for more than two hours Friday night at Green Sea-Floyds, hoping the South Carolina skies would clear enough to play the second half.
The officials finally called the game just before midnight and, because the coaches couldn't agree on a reschedule date, they decided it will go down as a cancellation as if it never started. The Trojans were leading, 14-6, when play was suspended.
"We couldn't come to any meeting of the minds on a makeup time," coach Scott Frazier said. "We decided a cancellation was the best thing to do."
In the first half, junior Tavon Stanley paced West Brunswick, scoring both touchdowns. The running back put the Trojans up 14-0 in the second quarter with a 79-yard dash in Frazier's debut at the Shallotte school.
"I think we improved a good bit from the (BB&T) Jamboree to this week," said Frazier, whose team travels back across the state line to play Socastee in Week 2. "Definitely, the biggest issue we have is just execution, technical things and learning to be more consistent in what we do."
Wallace-Rose Hill's young backs deliver
Relying on a group of talented sophomores to handle the rushing load, Wallace-Rose Hill coach Joey Price expects some growing pains early on this season. The Bulldogs cleared their first hurdle just fine against South Brunswick, showcasing an explosive attack in a 45-0 win that spanned two days.
Sophomores Alex Lisane and Jhonta Wilson led the way, with senior Jalen Robinson also getting good snaps.
"They made some mistakes, but that's going to happen sometimes," Price said. "They go to practice every day and work on it and come back next week, trying to get better at doing what we do."
Wallace-Rose Hill charged out to a 27-0 lead on Friday before lightning suspended play in the second quarter. The Bulldogs got home around midnight and were back on the bus at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.
"It was tiring, just a long day really," Price said. "Our kids responded and played really well."
East Duplin rallies past old rival
Pressed into duty after an ejection, backup fullback Kenneth Arrington scored the game's only touchdown on a 23-yard run with 2 minutes, 36 seconds left to power East Duplin to a 9-6 win at Richlands on Friday night.
The Panthers had moved the ball well on the ground throughout the game but hadn't scored on offense when Arrington found the end zone on a trap off the left side. The junior finished with 57 yards on seven carries, stepping in after senior Monquel Baker (18 carries, 74 yards) was ejected.
"I saw the hole," Arrington told The (Jacksonville) Daily News. "I saw the opportunity and I took it for my team."
East Duplin, which travels to Clinton next week, has now won six straight games against Richlands.
Ahead & Behind
Week 1 Scoreboard
Hoggard 34, S. Columbus 19
North Brunswick 19, Whiteville 9
James Kenan 41, S. Wayne 13
East Duplin 9, Richlands 6
E.Columbus 28, W.Columbus 15
Fairmont 58, East Bladen 56
White Oak 45, Red Springs 33
Lakewood 49, Union 28
Midway 49, Hobbton 0
Harrells 41, S. Lenoir 0 (called at halftime)
West Brunswick at Green Sea-Floyds, canceled
Ashley 14, Hoke County 7
Wallace-Rose Hill 45, South Brunswick 0
Laney 48, Pender 24
Postponed to Monday
Topsail 12, Trask 0 (2nd)
S. Robeson at W. Bladen, 7 p.m.
Week 2 Schedule
Friday (all 7:30 p.m.)
Rose at Laney
Pender at Topsail
Ashley at Swansboro
South Brunswick at St. Pauls
West Brunswick at Socastee
Trask at North Brunswick
Wallace-Rose Hill at James Kenan
West Bladen at West Columbus
Whiteville at East Bladen
East Duplin at Clinton
Purnell Swett at Red Springs
Trinity Christian at South Robeson
Fairmont at Fayetteville Christian
Midway at Princeton
Harrells at East Montgomery
Saturday at Myrtle Beach
Hoggard vs. Irmo, 1 p.m.
New Hanover vs. Conway, 8 p.m.