Cougars dom­i­nate Huskies again

The News & Observer (Sunday) - - Sports - BY JARED WE­BER jwe­ber@new­sob­server.com

After the first quar­ter closed in a score­less tie, Wake For­est flipped a switch Fri­day night.

The Cougars (9-0) ex­ploded for a 25-point sec­ond quar­ter – 38 unan­swered – to put away the Her­itage Huskies 38-2 and clinch yet an­other reg­u­larsea­son North­ern Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship.

The vic­tory also ex­tended Wake For­est’s pro­gram win­ning streak to 40 games, the long­est cur­rent streak in the state. The Cougars are now 8-0 ver­sus the Huskies, since Her­itage’s foot­ball pro­gram be­gan com­pet­ing in 2011.

The teams traded punts and turnovers dur­ing the first quar­ter. With 10 min­utes re­main­ing in the sec­ond quar­ter, the Cougars struck first on a 20yard rush­ing touch­down by se­nior Traveon Ke­nion.

From there, it was all Wake For­est.

Maquel Hay­wood broke off two long rush­ing touch­downs, from 64 and 61 yards, re­spec­tively. Be­fore the quar­ter had ended, Ke­nion broke off his own sec­ond rush­ing touch­down of the day, to push Wake For­est’s lead to 25-0 at the half.

Cougars quar­ter­back Ma­teo Sudipo passed and rushed for touch­downs in the sec­ond half to raise the lead to 38-0.

The Huskies man­aged to get on the board in the clos­ing minute of the third quar­ter on a safety.

Cleve­land 28, South John­ston 13: Cleve­land took back the Greater Neuse River Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship, rid­ing its im­pres­sive pass­ing game.

South John­ston got on the board first, cour­tesy of a Jae­quan Wells rush­ing touch­down four min­utes in.

How­ever, costly mis­takes al­lowed Cleve­land to gain mo­men­tum. The Rams turned a fum­ble re­cov­ery into a Jalen Chad­wick rush­ing touch­down with two min­utes re­main­ing in the first quar­ter, to knot the score at 7.

From there, Rams quar­ter­back Dar­ius Ocean took over.

Ocean passed for three con­sec­u­tive touch­downs, rais­ing his sea­son to­tal to 26 scores. He en­tered the game with 23 touch­down passes, the 19th best mark in North Carolina.

Cleve­land will close its reg­u­lar sea­son on Fri­day at home against FuquayVa­rina.

Car­di­nal Gib­bons 45, En­loe 0: Com­ing off a heart­break­ing 31-28 home loss to Leesville on Mon­day night, En­loe just didn’t have it Fri­day night.

The Ea­gles were thor­oughly out­played by a tal­ented Car­di­nal Gib­bons team, los­ing on the road to close the reg­u­lar sea­son with back-to-back losses. The win brought Gib­bons the CAP-7 reg­u­lar-sea­son cham­pi­onship.

Gib­bons quar­ter­back Nick Frey passed for two touch­downs and ran for one in the vic­tory.

While En­loe will have to wait for the state play­offs, Gib­bons has one more game re­main­ing on its sched­ule. The Cru­saders will travel to North­ern Durham for a date with the 10-0 Knights, who de­feated North­wood 23-0, next Fri­day.

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