Pam Pack’s Five-game win streak comes to a halt
By By KEVIN TRAVIS
GREENVILLE — Well, it will have to be at least 38 years now.
The Washington Pam Pack, looking for its first win over J.H. Rose since 1970, couldn’t spoil the Rampants’ inaugural Walk of Fame game, falling 19-7 on a chilly Friday evening at Minges-Farley Stadium.
Washington (6-2, 3-1) saw its five-game winning streak come to a halt. The Pack is now tied with Rose (5-3, 3-1) for second place in the conference. Those teams trail New Bern in the standings.
Rose’s win in this Coastal Conference clash was highlighted by three Jordin Staton touchdowns. The Rose quarterback threw a pair of touchdown passes to Carter Gagnon in the first quarter, then capped the scoring with a 1-yard dive in the fourth.
The Rampant defense held the Pack to 10 first downs and 208 yards of total offense.
Washington was forced to play without starting quarterback Austin Thompson. The junior signal-caller could only watch from the sideline.
The Rampants scored the first two times they had the ball. Staton, who was 4-of-8 for 29 yards and an interception, hit Gagnon with a 4-yard touchdown toss, coming off a play-action pass on fourth-and-2.
Max Joyner’s 24-yard run on a reverse and Staton’s 15-yard scramble highlighted the drive.
After a 16-yard run by Louis Muldrow, Staton found Gagnon again, this time from 14 yards out to make it 12-0.
The Rampants, which got big rushing efforts from Tony Turnage (149 yards on 24 carries), Staton (93 yards on 8 carries) and Muldrow (67 yards on 10 carries), threatened often, but the Pam Pack defense kept them out of the end zone.
Washington was able to pull within 12-7 late in the first half after a Dakuan Spencer interception. The Pack got a big break when Rose was flagged for a face mask penalty after it appeared the Rampants had stopped Travis Daniels short of a first down.
Two plays later, the Pack went to Boise State’s playbook, going with the old Statue-of-Liberty play. Washington quarterback Mike Moore faked a pass, put the ball behind his head and Daniels grabbed it and raced to the corner of the end zone for the score.
Daniels ended his night with 113 yards on 19 carries. The senior needed a 51-yard run on his final carry to eclipse the 100-yard mark for the eighth straight week.
Daniels lost a costly fumble in the fourth and Rose pounced on it. The Rampants capitalized when Staton capped a short 13-yard drive with a 1-yard plunge.
Washington plays its regular-season home finale next Friday night as the Pack will entertain the New Bern Bears on Senior Night.
Washington J.H. rose
10 First Downs 23
36-132 Rushes-Yards 55-330
76 Passing Yards 29
13-8-0 Pass-Comp-Int 8-4-1
6-36.5 Punting 2-36.0
3-1 Fumbles-Lost 2-1
10-61 Penalties 9-55
Washington 0 7 0 0 — 7
J.H. Rose 12 0 0 7 — 19
JHR — Carter Gagnon 4 pass from Jordin Staton (kick failed), 1st, 6:04
JHR — Gagnon 14 pass from Staton (run failed), 1st, 3:09
W — Travis Daniels 9 run (Justin Meekins kick), 2nd, 1:44
JHR — Staton 1 run (Warren Harvey kick), 4th, 6:32