PINETOPS – There is no such thing as perfect in football, but SouthWest Edgecombe opened Friday night with 15 minutes that were awfully close.
The Cougars needed 14 plays and 5:18 of possession time to run up a five-score lead on visiting North Edgecombe, cruising to a 54-14 victory at SouthWest Edgecombe High School that gave Jonathan Cobb his first career victory as a coach.
Running back Devontrell Hyman scored four times on five carries and racked up 191 yards in the Cougars’ rout.
“It was nice to get out here and move the ball and showcase some of our talents offensively,” Cobb said. “Certainly, No. 5 (Hyman) had a great night early on. Give him the ball, there he goes.”
SouthWest Edgecombe (1-1) took 49 seconds to score on its first drive and 11 seconds on its second possession, then needed only 27 seconds to find the end zone a third time after the Warriors (1-1) fumbled the ensuing kickoff. All three scores came by way of Hyman runs, and the Cougars held a 20-0 lead 5:27 into the first quarter.
It looked like a completely different Cougars team than the one that traveled to Southern Nash in Week 1, in large part because of an offensive line that showed
“On the line, we weren’t doing our jobs (against Southern Nash). We needed to get off the ball,” Hyman said. “Everybody did their job (against North Edgecombe). Everybody played as a team all night.”
The lead only ballooned with Barry Smith’s 30-yard touchdown scamper on the Cougars’ fourth possession and Hyman’s 63-yard sprint to the house on their fifth.
Less than 15 minutes into the game, it was 33-0.
The Cougars’ lead was 40-0 by halftime.
“We just had better chemistry this week than we had all last week,” said SouthWest Edgecombe quarterback Quay Wooten, who threw a touchdown pass in the victory. “We practiced harder, we worked harder on the lines, we were in the trenches harder, and that showed this week.”
After being barraged by the Cougars – and helping them along the way with a trio of fumbles and a few costly penalties – the Warriors recovered to do some positive things in the second half.
Antwoine Pittman rushed for more than 100 yards and scored twice, though the game was shortened considerably because the officials decided there would be no clock stoppages after the Cougars went up, 47-6, fewer than four minutes into the third quarter.
The two sides played to a draw in the final two quarters, and North Edgecombe was taking that as a good sign heading into a Week 3 bye.
“I liked the fact that we did not quit,” North Edgecombe coach Keith Parisher said. “We got hit in the mouth and we didn’t give up, and that tells me we’re where we want to be as far as staying in the ball game mentally.”
Cobb spent many nights on the North Edgecombe sidelines as a young man because his father, Raymond, was the coach of the Warriors for nearly 25 years.
He said he would enjoy the very first victory of his coaching career.
But to this day, Cobb said he never likes to see North Edgecombe lose.
“I love North Edgecombe from the bottom of my heart,” Cobb said. “I’ve been hired to be the coach at SouthWest Edgecombe, and I’m a grad from here and I have Cougar pride, don’t get me wrong.
“It’s bittersweet. I want North Edgecombe to be successful.”
SouthWest Edgecombe 54
North Edgecombe 14
NE 0 0 6 8 – 14
SWE 26 14 7 7 – 54
SWE – Devontrell Hyman 32 run (Jarratt Mobley kick), 11:04
SWE – Hyman 55 run (Mobley kick), 7:12
SWE – Hyman 14 run (kick failed), 6:33
SWE – Barry Smith 30 run (kick failed), 1:56
SWE – Hyman 63 run (Mobley kick), 9:42
SWE – Katrell Whitehead 19 pass from Quay Wooten (Cal Sagadraca kick), 0:28
NE – Antwoine Pittman 1 run (conversion run failed), 9:12
SWE – Marcus Williams 33 run (Mobley kick), 8:22
SWE – Devante Williams 1 run (Sagadraca kick), 10:18
NE – Pittman 8 run (Ahmad Lyons conversion run), 1:11
9 ............Passing yards.........35
207 ................Total offense..........392
Rushing – NE: Pittman 11-113; Jarius Collins 7-37; Lyons 3-34; Rodney Conyers 7-19; Quantravis Harris 6-4; Jacoby Bullock 2-(-2); Lemarquise Ward 3-(-7). SWE: Hyman 5-191; Smith 8-66; M. Williams 5-41; Whitehead 2-23; Wooten 3-20; D. Williams 3-12; Kenan Williams 1-4; Quatavious Harris 1-2; Kynaze Paige 1-(-2).
Passing – NE: Conyers 1-2-0, 9. SWE: Wooten 3-7-1, 35.
Receiving – NE: Rontarius Graham 1-9. SWE: Whitehead 1-19; Fabrion Bandy 1-11; Hyman 1-5.
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