Pam Pack rally falls short against Eagles

Published 12:29 am Saturday, September 22, 2012

Washington quarterback Jimmy Williams looks to pass during the Pam Pack’s 20-14 loss to West Craven on Friday night at Washington High School. (WDN Photo/Brian Haines)

It was a game defined by big plays and in the end West Craven made just a few more than Washington as the Pam Pack fell 20-14 in Coastal Conference action on Friday.
The Eagles (4-2, 1-1) scored on a 36-yard dash by quarterback Demetres Abrams in the first quarter, a 54-yard interception return by Tyquail Raynor in the second and a 4-yard TD reception by Andrew Reid that was setup by a 75-yard run by Raynor in the third.
The Pam Pack (4-2, 1-1) defense came up big most of the night and turned away several threatening Eagles’ drives as it forced and recovered two fumbles.
With 1:46 left in the game, the Washington defense gave the offense one last chance to pull ahead of the Eagles as defensive back Jimmy Williams picked off an Abrams pass on a fourth-and-1 situation to give the Pack the ball back at its own 33-yard line.
Washington was able to work the ball up to the Eagles 47-yard line where it took a shot down field but failed to convert it as the normally sure-handed Stevie Green could not haul in a Williams pass at the 2-yard line. The Pam Pack ran two more plays after that but would not get any closer than the 43-yard line before turning the ball over on downs.
“The big plays have helped us all year but the big plays just didn’t happen tonight,” Washington coach Sport Sawyer said.
The Pam Pack suffered a setback in the first quarter as TE/DE/P Jack Rodman suffered a knee injury after catching a Williams’ pass and was sidelined the rest of the game.
Running back Markel Spencer also sustained an injury and was used sparingly throughout the game.
Helping pick up the slack was junior RB Trey Spruill who scored the Pam Pack’s first TD of the game on a seven-yard run in the second quarter that capped off a 56-yard drive.
Washington attacked again at the end of the third quarter as a Green 44-yard kickoff return and an ensuing pass interference call gave the Pack the ball at the 25-yard line where Williams danced away from pressure and found Spruill on the right side of the field to cut the Eagles lead to 20-14.
The Pam Pack had a prime opportunity to score earlier in the quarter as the defense forced and recovered a fumble at the West Craven 30. Washington was able to advance to the 12, but back-to-back 15-yard penalties pushed them out of scoring position.
The Pam Pack will look to bounce back next Friday as it hosts Havelock on Homecoming Night.

West Craven    7    7    6    0    —    20
Washington    0    7    7    0    —    14

West Craven          Washington
First downs              6                              10
Rushes-yards             26-158                39-142
Comp-att-int            6-12-1                   7-13-2
Passing yards            97                        101
Fumbles-lost            2-2                          3-0
Penalties-yards    8-65                            7-80
Punts                   3-36                               4-39

Scoring Summary
WC — Demetres Abrams 36 run (Lamberto Gomez kick) 10:41, 1st.
WHS — Trey Spruill 7 run (Will Cutler kick), 7:45, 2nd.
WC — Tyquail Raynor interception 54 yards (Gomez kick), 2:10, 2nd.
WC — Andrew Reid 4 pass from Abrams (Gomez kick fail), 5:25, 3rd.
WHS — Spruill 25 pass from Jimmy Williams (Cutler kick) :56, 3rd.