Pack blasts Panthers to streak into the playoffsPublished 11:46pm Friday, November 8, 2013
Talk about momentum going into the playoffs. On Friday, Washington wrapped up its regular season with a ribbon and bow, blowing by North Johnston 40-0 on Senior Night.
For the first time in 11 games the Pam Pack was able to produce the kind of first half fireworks that the team seemed to only reserve for the second half, and once Washington started scoring it didn’t look like it was going to stop.
Quarterback Brodie West had a breakout game, going 5-for-6 for 108 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions as the Pam Pack jumped out to a 34-0 lead after two quarters and was able to give most of its starters a rest in the second half.
With the win, the Eastern Plains Conference champions Pam Pack was able to close out the regular season with a 9-2 overall record and a perfect 5-0 conference mark.
“To be able to end the regular season playing some of our best football is really good,” Washington coach Sport Sawyer said. “These guys put in a lot of work in during the off season and that hard work is paying off.
“It’s a great feeling, but I want us to keep focused on what our ultimate goal is and that’s going as far in the playoffs as we can and winning a state championship.”
Playing against a winless North Johnston (0-11, 0-5), the Pam Pack tallied over 400 rushing yards and jumped out to a 14-0 lead after its first two possessions.
A 31-yard pass from West kicked off the Pack’s first drive, which spanned 87 yards and ended when West connected with Wilfredo Marrero for a 15-yard touchdown pass.
Washington cruised 86 yards for its next score, as running backs Stevie Green and Markel Spencer gashed the Panthers defense. The drive was completed when Spencer broke free from 26 yards out to pull ahead 14-0.
The Pam Pack expanded its lead to 20-0 in the second as senior defensive tackle Baylone Guilford took a turn at running back and slammed his way across the goal line from a yard out as the crowd chanted his name.
“He asked last week if he could and the situation just happen to arise tonight, plus it was Senior Night,” Sawyer said.
With a 20-lead in hand, the Pam Pack defense continued to dominate the Panthers offense to cement its first shutout of the year.
“I thought they flew around and really owned the line of scrimmage,” Sawyer said. “They were able to slow down the running game and that’ was big.”
North Johnston 0 0 0 0 — 0
Washington 14 20 0 6 — 40
W — Wilfredo Marrero 15 pass from Brodie West (Christian Crompton kick), 8:23, 1st.
W —Markel Spencer 26 run (Crompton kick), 3:06, 1st.
W —Baylone Guilford 1 run (kick fail), 9:33, 2nd.
W — Daniel Maultsby 9 pass from West (Crompton kick), 8:35 2nd.
W — Spencer 7 run (Crompton kick), 4:28, 2nd.
W — Trey Spruill 33 run (kick failed), 11:44, 4th.