Stallions give rude greeting to Scorpions
Fri. October 11, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. | By McLeod Brown | StarNews Correspondent | email@example.com
North Brunswick's Shak Graham pushes Southwest Onslow's Jonathan Williams out of bounds during their game in Leland on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. (Photo by Jeff Janowski)
North Brunswick's football team did not show many flaws in winning their first five games of the season.
It's been a different story these last two weeks, including Friday night's 41-20 loss to Southwest Onslow to open East Central Conference play.
The Scorpions enjoyed success early in the season with a two-quarterback system featuring Randy Clark and Shelton Perkins. But Clark didn't play because of a concussion, and Perkins was forced to shoulder the whole load.
The junior was left scrambling under pressure for most of the night, his line unable to open holes.
"We had three players get concussions last week and none of them made it back," said North Brunswick coach Garry Bishop. "Then we got our best receiver out with a tear in his knee. We'll be healthy next week, should be full strength. But we're not making excuses. If we would have had them, we still might not have won. That's a good football team."
Perkins wasn't helped by a running back committe that gained only 28 yards on seven carries. The quarterback ended up leading the team in rushing as well, finishing with 42 yards off 12 attempts.
"Our defense has played well all year, so I thought we'd be OK there," said Southwest Onslow coach Phil Padgett. "We played real well. We're playing a little bit better, and I feel like we have the chance to be a pretty good football team by the end of the year."
The Stallions were dealing with injuries of their own, as quarterback Jonathan Williams was making his second start of the season.
The sophomore showed nimble feet and a good arm early on, finishing 8-for-12 for 102 yards and a touchdown to go along with 65 yards on the ground and another score.
Williams' 5-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, a 13-yard pass to J'Veon Walker and DaMonta Winbush's 9-yard touchdown run provided the Stallions with a 20-0 halftime lead and forced the Scorpions to throw more in the second half.
After falling to Class 4A competitor Purnell Swett and defending 1AA champion Southwest Onslow in back-to-back games, Bishop knows his team is in for a competitive first year in the East Central Conference.
Nevertheless, he is confident his group can compete with the best of them.
"We knew it was a good football team with them being defending state champions," Bishop said. "They've lost two games by a total of three points. … We have a great bunch of kids. They work hard, they're young, they're here every day. We just got to keep working them. They'll come around."