Bull­dogs bounce back af­ter tough loss, beat In­di­ans

Bailey scores three times, Potts twice in NC road vic­tory

Times-Record - - Sports - By DAVID INSLEY dins­ley@star­dem.com Follow me on Twit­ter: @ Davetalkss­ports.

SALISBURY — Af­ter a shock­ing, last­minute Week 3 loss of which its coach said, “wouldn’t hap­pen again if we re­played that 1,000 times,” the North Car­o­line High foot­ball team looked to bounce back Fri­day night against Wi­comico High.

Three snaps into the game, the Bull­dogs (3-1) were on their way.

Seth Tay­lor’s in­ter­cep­tion on the sec­ond Wi-Hi (1-3) play from scrim­mage set the Bull­dogs up at their hosts’ 16-yard line. Tay Potts ran for a score on his squad’s first of­fen­sive play, the first of his two on the night, as the Bull­dogs won 33-6.

“You can tell they’re a good pro­gram,” Wi-Hi coach Brian Han­son said. “They’re well-coached, their kids have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence, and they sim­ply know how to play . ... And when you see it, you know they’re a pro­gram. They’re not just a team — they’re a pro­gram.”

Potts, who ran for 78 yards on four car­ries and his team’s sec­ond touch­down be­fore a knee-in­jury kept him off the field for the sec­ond half, pro­vided the spark for a Bull­dog of­fense that put up 304 yards of rush­ing; quar­ter­back Cody Pep­per passed for a score as well.

“Last week, there’s no way that hap­pens twice in a life­time,” Bull­dogs coach James McCormick said of his team’s 21-14 de­feat against Kent Is­land, com­ing by way of a blocked field goal by his team, which was re­turned for a touch­down in the fi­nal minute of reg­u­la­tion. “But you have to go for­ward from there.

“And I think, fun­da­men­tally, we did well to­day,” McCormick added. “Tay be­ing hurt, that’s a loss if he can’t come back.”

Though his team vis­its a win­less De­catur squad Fri­day at 6 p.m. for their next game, McCormick didn’t want to set­tle for Fri­day’s four-score win, say­ing his boys still need to work on “ev­ery­thing. Just ev­ery­thing. There’s still a lot of work we need to do, each week, for each game.”

Af­ter Potts ran for a sec­ond touch­down late in the first quar­ter, ju­nior tail­back David Bailey took over for the vis­i­tors.

One minute into the sec­ond quar­ter, Bailey, whose 111 yards rush­ing, com­ing on 11 car­ries, was a game-high, scam­pered in from 38 yards out on sec­ond-and-7 to make it 20-0. Pep­per found Bailey on a cor­ner route on the fi­nal Bull­dog pos­ses­sion of the first half, their 26-yard com­ple­tion good for a touch­down that made it 27-0 with 4.5 sec­onds to go.

Bailey’s third touch­down of the evening, com­ing on the third snap of the sec­ond half, was a run up the mid­dle from seven yards out. Zaye Rochester’s at­tempt at a two-point con­ver­sion, which would’ve made the score 35-0, thereby start­ing the run­ning clock, was stopped a yard shy of the end zone.

“The Bailey kid is a great ath­lete,” Han­son said. “He’s hard to stop, and he’s fast.”

“Wi-Hi’s not a bad team,” McCormick said. “They’ve got some re­ally fast kids, and their of­fense can re­ally give you trou­ble . ... They weren’t on the board a lot early, but their de­fense was very phys­i­cal. We were hop­ing af­ter David’s last touch­down to get that con­ver­sion, run the clock, and maybe shorten the game, but we couldn’t do it. And then they came down and scored a lit­tle later.”

Wi-Hi quar­ter­back Ja­son Pat­ter­son, tasked with run­ning the de­mand­ing triple-op­tion of­fense, broke the ice for the In­di­ans late in the third quar­ter.

Fac­ing a first-and-10 from his team’s 16-yard line, Pat­ter­son ran left on a keeper. He got two good blocks, made a strong cut to his right at around mid­field, and dashed down­field for an 86-yard score, the game’s longest of the night. Pat­ter­son’s two-point pass try failed, though, leav­ing the score 33-6.

North Car­o­line out­gained Wi-Hi 304-206 on the ground; Pep­per was 3-for-5 pass­ing for 54 yards and the scor­ing toss to Bailey, while Pat­ter­son was 4-for-9 in the air for 45 yards and two in­ter­cep­tions, the sec­ond to Zach Smith early in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Wi-Hi’s next game is Fri­day at 7 p.m. on the road against Kent Is­land, the only re­main­ing un­de­feated team in the Bayside Con­fer­ence.

Kent Is­land 52, De­catur 0

BER­LIN — The Buc­ca­neers (4-0) dom­i­nated the Sea­hawks (0-4) from the open­ing whis­tle; De­catur didn’t have a first down on of­fense un­til the game’s fi­nal minute.

Ju­nior run­ning back Bran­don Gal­loway’s 63-yard touch­down run was the longest touch­down of the night for the Bucs; seven dif­fer­ent play­ers scored in the win, and Bert Schre­con­gost, who went 5-for-6 kick­ing PATs, also booted a 35-yard field goal.

Braden Doyle scored on a 22yard run, Jordan Mar­ciano found Dy­lan Fin­ley for a 15-yard touch­down pass, and Austin Lyons, Cameron Boui, Selby Scaggs, and Bradley Graff each ran for scores in the win.

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