There wasn’t one particular play that seemed to set off Nash Central’s frustration’s Friday night against Wilson Beddingfield, but by the end of 48 minutes of action, it is apparent that the Bulldogs have plenty of maturing to do in the coming weeks.
Nash Central was not only beaten on the field in a 28-7 loss to Wilson Beddingfield, but the Bulldogs also lost the game played between the ears by falling to 0-5 on the season.
In a second half that opened with promise and ended with four personal foul/unsportsmanlike penalties and a player disqualification, Nash Central’s post-whistle reactions made a world of difference.
“We have to be smarter and understand that we don’t teach that kind of football here, and we don’t condone that kind of stuff,” Bulldogs coach Kevin Crudup said. “I’m responsible for that. I have to do a better job of making sure our kids keep their composure.”
Nash Central was penalized for various offenses in the second half, including extra shoving and coarse language near officials.
The winless Bulldogs seemed to lose focus after a first half in which many things went correct.
The offense moved the ball well enough to claim a 7-0 lead with less than a minute remaining in the half, but two fumbles led to a Wilson Beddingfield touchdown and a field goal attempt, which the Bruins narrowly missed.
Instead of leading by seven at the half, the Bulldogs were somehow tied with a squad it held to 90 yards of offense.
“We gave them an easy touchdown and gave them life,” Crudup said.
Beddingfield (2-3) took the lead for good late in the third quarter, then added a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns as Nash Central’s offense (144 total yards) sputtered.
Almost simultaneously, the Bullldogs began losing their cool.
Wilson Beddingfield seemed to sense that fact, and the Bruins’ antagonizing led to 102 yards worth of penalties total for Nash Central.
“You can talk (to your teammates) and get on them, but after that, you wrap your arms around them,” senior Hoshun Gaines said. “You just have to tell them to play smarter and move on to the next play.”
The Bulldogs’ next game won’t be any easier mentally or physically.
Durham Hillside (3-1), the No. 10 team in the 4-A rankings, visits next week.
Wilson Beddingfield 28
Nash Central 7
WB 0 7 7 14 – 28
NC 0 7 0 0 – 7
NC – Khalil Macklin 1 run (Matthew Barfield kick), 10:29
WB – Kavajae Ellis 19 run (Wes Beamon kick), 0:46
WB – Kelvin King 5 run (Beamon kick), 2:32
WB – Ajay Williams 91 pass from Ellis (Beamon kick), 10:55
WB – Chavius Collins 4 run (Beamon kick), 4:22
9 First downs..................13
202 Passing yards..............36
266 Total offense.............144
Rushing – WB: Kelvin King 11-27; Kavajae Ellis 8-24; Chavius Collins 3-22; David Bryant 1-10; Team rushes (-19). NC: Charles Harvey 11-45; Khalil Macklin 18-37; Hakeem Taylor 8-28; Tyler Barrow 7-14; Team rush (-16).
Passing – WB: Kavajae Ellis 9-17, 202. NC: Tyler Barrow 4-9, 36.
Receiving – WB: Ajay Williams 3-111; Chavius Collins 3-62; Javius Nixon 2-22; Deontay Cannady 1-7. NC: Khalil Macklin 2-23; Aaron Lindsey 1-10; Aaron Spivey 1-3.
Jessie H. Nunery can be reached at 407-9959 or