Week 6 - High school rewind

North Brunswick burst out with five straight wins this season before being slowed down by Purnell Swett on Friday night. StarNews file photo

Scorpions learn a hard lesson

North Brunswick had never scheduled a 4A opponent in two decades under coach Garry Bishop, but Friday seemed as good a time as any for the 2A Scorpions to play up. The team had breezed through the first five weeks of the season unbeaten, earning a place in the Associated Press state Class 2A poll.

While North Brunswick's perfect run ended with a 27-6 loss to Purnell Swett, Bishop said the setback provided a helpful evaluation of where the team needs to improve heading into East Central Conference play.

"It was an eye-opener," Bishop said. "I've been telling them all along that we need to play confident, not cocky. No matter what you've done already, you're only as good as the next game that you play."

North Brunswick had outscored its first five opponents 190-37, but Purnell Swett held the home team scoreless until Randy Clark's two-yard run in the fourth quarter.

North Brunswick (5-1) has next week off before opening conference play at perennial power Southwest Onslow. The team played Friday without leading receiver Kevon Perkins, who had minor knee surgery and is expected to return in two to three weeks.

Kenan finds a way without Sutton

James Kenan lost senior Marcelias Sutton with a thigh injury early in Friday's game against Princeton, but even without the area's leading rusher, the Tigers relied on their ground game to hold off the Bulldogs 35-22.

The N.C. State recruit finished with 25 yards on six carries, and coach Ken Avent Jr. said the team missed him most on defense where he's shined in the secondary. The coach said Friday he's unsure if Sutton will be available when the Tigers (5-0), ranked No. 1 in Class 1A, travel to Rosewood next week.

"It's kind of one of those nagging things," Avent said. "We'll just have to see what the doctor says. My gut feeling is he'll need some time to rest it, but I'm a (physical education) teacher, not a doctor."

Against Princeton, juniors Al Owens and JaQuan Williams picked up the slack, combining for 273 rushing yards and all five touchdowns.

Not-so-warm welcome

The new-look Mideastern Conference began play Friday night with few surprises. The 4A Wilmington schools in action held serve at home against the three 3A conference newcomers in convincing fashion. Hoggard and Ashley posted shutout victories over Topsail and South Brunswick, respectively, while Laney had a little tougher time shaking West Brunswick.

The Buccaneers scored the game's first 21 points and held on for a 34-20 victory. In total, the smaller schools were outscored 108-20.

"We can match up," West Brunswick coach Scott Frazier said. "(We) need to match up. (We) will match up. Or what? Wave the white flag? That's not an option."

With seven teams in the conference, one will have a bye each week. New Hanover beat Lumberton in a nonconference matchup and will kick off conference play at home next week against rival Hoggard.

South Columbus keeps rolling

South Columbus senior Reggie Frink dashed into the end zone on a five-yard touchdown run two minutes into Friday's game against West Columbus, and the Stallions were just getting started in a 51-14 romp.

Coach Jake Fonvielle beefed up the nonconference schedule this year with two tough matchups to open the season, but since its 0-2 start, South Columbus has been dominant, especially on offense. The Stallions have left little doubt during their three-game winning streak, averaging 53 points per game.

"We're coming out with a little more sense of urgency," Fonvielle said. "Our game plan has been to take the ball and put it the end zone early. Get ahead and stay ahead."

South Columbus (3-2, 1-0) continues Three Rivers Conference play next week, hosting Red Springs.

Ahead & Behind

Week 6 Results

Mideastern Conference

Hoggard 33, Topsail 0

Laney 34, West Brunswick 0

New Hanover 26, Lumberton 14

Ashley 41, South Brunswick 0

Four County Conference

Wallace-Rose Hill 70, Trask 0

West Bladen 41, Union 34

Midway 16, East Bladen 13

Clinton 42, Pender 0

Three Rivers Conference

Whiteville 55, East Columbus 0

S. Columbus 51, W. Columbus 14

S. Robeson 34, Red Springs 22

St. Pauls at Fairmont, postponed

Around the Area

James Kenan 35, Princeton 22

Harrells 75, Cannon 7

Purnell Swett 27, N. Brunswick 6

East Duplin 36, South Lenoir 16

Week 7 Schedule

7:30 p.m. start

Off: West Brunswick, East Duplin, North Brunswick

Mideastern Conference

Hoggard at New Hanover

Laney at South Brunswick

Ashley at Topsail

Four County Conference

Union at Trask

West Bladen at Wallace-Rose Hill

East Bladen at Clinton

Midway at Pender

Three Rivers Conference

S. Robeson at E. Columbus

Whiteville at St. Pauls

Red Springs at South Columbus

Fairmont at West Columbus

Around the Area

Wake Christian at Harrells

James Kenan at Rosewood