Pack runs past Kinston; Northside falls to North PittPublished 11:48pm Friday, October 4, 2013
The Pam Pack won its second straight game on Friday night as it rushed past Kinston to pick up a 26-21 victory.
Markel Spencer ripped off TD runs of 13 and 55 yards, while Stevie Green scored on an 11-yard run before catching a 20-yard TD pass from Brodie West to help up Washington’s record to 4-2.
“I thought Kinston was a very athletic team and played hard and our guys played hard and we were able to make some key plays,” Washington coach Sport Sawyer said. “It was a big win for us as we finish up our nonconference schedule.”
Spencer got the Pack on the board early as he scored two first-half touchdowns to take a 14-6 lead after the first two quarters.
In the second half, Green caught fire as he scored on an 11-yard run before hauling in a TD pass.
“I thought our rushing game was pretty good,” Sawyer said. “Markel had a big night and Stevie had some big runs. Brodie hit a key pass on fourth-and-long that helped set up a touchdown.”
Facing a threatening spread offense, the Pam Pack defense answered the call as Washington held on to its lead for the entire game.
“Kinston threw the ball a whole lot and I thought our secondary did well,” Sawyer said. “Elijah Randle, Myron Brooks, Karim Topping and those guys covered well. Tarahje Burke and Baylone and those guys were able to get some pass rush up front, so I thought it was a good combination.”
North Pitt 42, Northside 12
Northside knew going into its Week 7 road clash with North Pitt that it would have to play a physical game, but despite the added intensity the Panthers could not keep pace with the other Panthers, falling 42-12 on Friday night.
“(North Pitt) was physical like we thought they would be. They were fast and strong, but the score is a little deceiving,” Northside coach Keith Boyd said. “We felt like we kind of shot ourselves in the foot in the first half offensively.”
Northside fell behind 22-6 at halftime, as a 5-yard touchdown run by Rockne Butler was the team’s lone score in the first two quarters.
“We moved the football, but we just couldn’t capitalize on a few things,” Boyd said. “We probably had about 250 to 300 yards of rushing offense. We moved the ball well, but we just didn’t score as much as I felt like we should have.”
In the second half, the Panthers were able to reach the end zone one more time as Austin Gambriel scored on a three-yard TD run, but it was not enough to overthrow North Pitt (5-1).
Despite the loss, Boyd said he was happy that his players answered the bell from a physicality standpoint and were able to get back on the bus injury free.
“We left there with no injuries and feeling like we stepped up the physical aspect of our play,” Boyd said. “We played a tough North Pitt team and we were able to play the way we play.”
With the loss, Northside (3-3, Coastal Plains) has now dropped two in a row and will look to snap that skid next Friday when it plays at Southside in the Anchor Bowl.