LEGGETT – North Edgecombe wanted to be aggressive in the trenches.
The Warriors were just too impatient to upset SouthWest Edgecombe.
North Edgecombe gifted SouthWest Edgecombe four first downs by jumping offsides and being whistled for six false starts that killed offensive momentum. As a result, the Warriors fell, 22-12, to their cross-county rival.
Despite all of North Edgecombe’s miscues, SouthWest Edgecombe (1-1) had several of its own that kept the game too close for the Cougars’ comfort.
SouthWest Edgecombe botched three center-quarterback exchanges while driving deep in Warriors territory.
As a result, the Cougars only led 14-6 at halftime, and coach Jonathan Cobb told his team its mistakes gave the Warriors hope and therefore should be ready for North Edgecombe’s best shot in the second half.
“We made so many mistakes on offense and gave them the ball a couple of times, we just made a ballgame out of it,” Cobb said. “Luckily we were able to get control of
ourselves and handle (the Warriors’ effort).”
The game started out well for the Cougars, who had the ball first and drove 72 yards in 13 plays for a touchdown.
It was junior quarterback Tucker Pridgen who supplied the score, executing a perfect play-action fake and finding junior tight end Quontellas Norwood wide open in the end zone.
On North Edgecombe’s opening drive, Cougars’ senior defensive end Devontrell Hyman stripped Ahmad Lyons near midfield and ran down the sidelines before being tackled at the 16.
Junior running back Marcus Williams scored several plays later, and SouthWest Edgecombe looked to be in control up 14-0.
Yet the string of mistakes began on the Cougars’ next drive.
After stopping the Warriors on downs, the Cougars drove the ball inside the red zone before Pridgen fumbled the snap and couldn’t fall on it in time. That turnover led to North Edgecombe quarterback Jacoby Bullock sprinting through the heart of the SouthWest Edgecombe defense for a 63-yard touchdown.
SouthWest Edgecombe’s offensive line had no issues run blocking as the Cougars racked up 262 yards on the ground excluding sacks and kneels.
Marcus Williams was back to his full workload and he shined with 15 carries for 84 yards and two touchdowns. Williams used his speed on the outside, but showcased his strength by breaking several tackles despite a not-quite-100-percent hamstring.
It was the closest meeting between the two schools since 2004, and Warriors’ coach Keith Parisher said he was happy with the way his team (1-1) performed.
“They did what I asked them to do – play until the game is over,” Parisher said.
SouthWest Edgecombe 22
North Edgecombe 12
SWE 7 7 0 8 – 22
NE 0 6 0 6 – 12
SWE – Tucker Pridgen 11-yard pass to Quontellas Norwood (PAT was good), 3:46
SWE – Marcus Williams 4-yard run (PAT was good), 11:07
NE – Jacoby Bullock 63-yard run (Bullock pass to T. Johnson incomplete), 3:05
SWE – Marcus Williams 6-yard rush (M. Williams run successful), 8:16
NE – Antwoine Pittman 6-yard run (Bullock intercepted), 0:46
17 First downs..............7
11 Passing yards.......000
261 Total offense.........238
Rushing – SWE: Marcus Williams 15-84; Barry Smith 10 – 71; Devontrell Hyman 7 – 42; Keanan Williams 4 – 27; Quontellas Norwood 2 – 23; Trevon Pittman 2 – 15; TEAM 1- (-2); Tucker Pridgen 2- (-10); NE: Jacoby Bullock 7-127; Antwoine Pittman 18-100; Quantellis Johnson 3-8; Jarius Collins 1-3; Treshon Johnson 1-3; Ahmad Lyons 4-0.
Passing – SWE: Tucker Pridgen 1– 1–1, 11.
Receiving – SWE: Quontellas Norwood 1–11.
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