Big plays lead to big win for Pam Pack

Published 12:03 am Saturday, November 3, 2012

Washington’s Stephon Moore (1) pulls in a 25-yard TD pass from D.J. Bell during the second quarter of the Pam Pack’s 48-6 win over West Craven in the first round of the NCHSAA 3-A playoffs Friday night at Washington High School. (WDN Photo/Brian Haines)

They say revenge is a dish best served cold and on Friday night  the Washington football team avenged its Week 6 loss to West Craven by handing out a frosty wire-to-wire 48-6 beat down of the Eagles in chilly mid-30 degree temperatures to earn its first playoff win in four years.
It was big plays that led to the Pam Pack’s demise in the two team’s previous meeting, but on Friday it was Washington that made the highlight reel plays as it advanced to the second round of the playoffs where it will face the winner of the Hertford County-West Carteret matchup next week.
“In the last game I felt like we didn’t make the big plays, they made the big plays,” Sawyer said. “So we challenged our guys once we saw the playoff brackets and told them that they had a chance to make some big plays against them and the guys stepped up.”
Did they ever.
The Pam Pack (9-2) got off to the best start imaginable as Jimmy Williams fielded the opening kickoff at the 10-yard line and danced his way through the Eagles (6-5) defense for a 90-yard touchdown that set the tone right from the get-go and energized a home crowd that had not witnessed a playoff game inside J.G. “Choppy” Wagner Stadium in since 2008.
Once again Williams was incredible as he added touchdown runs of 10 and 76 yards while throwing two TD passes to Stevie Green, who also had a four-yard TD run.
Williams would end the night rushing for 175 yards on 10 attempts, while completing three of his four pass attempts for 70 yards.
Sophomore RB Markell Spencer was nearly as effective as he rushed 13 times for 74 yards.
The third-seed Pam Pack jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead over the sixth-seed Eagles as Williams hit Green on a 50-yard bootleg pass before he capped off the quarter with a breathtaking 76-yard run.
“A coach can’t ask for much more,” Sawyer said of the first quarter. “When you get some breathing room like that you’re able to relax a little bit.”
Playing with an early cushion, the Pam Pack defense kept up the intensity up all night long as it put forth a dominating performance and held the Eagles to 37 rushing yards and 66 passing yards.
Washington forced and recovered a fumble, while Devonte Spruill picked off a pass.
The Pam Pack smothered the West Craven attack and did not let up a score until late in the third quarter when it had already built up a 48-0 lead.
Washington’s first quarter momentum spilled into the second as Williams scored from 10 yards out to take a 27-0 lead.
Sawyer went to his bag of tricks later in the quarter as RB D.J. Bell took a Williams pitched and pulled up to fire a 25-yard pass to Stephon Moore who caught the ball on the right side of the end zone to go up 34-0 with 44 seconds left in the half.
Washington would squeeze in one more score before the break as Green hauled in a 19-yard TD pass to go into the locker room with a 41-0 lead.
Green scored the Pack’s final touchdown at the 4:49 mark in the third on a four-yard run to complete the rout.

West Craven    0    0    6    0    —    6
Washington    21        20    7    0    —    48

                             WC          WHS
First downs            5          4
Rushes-yards         31-37      34-253
Comp-att-int          4-12-1        3-5-0
Passing yards        66            89
Fumbles-lost          2-1           1-0
Penalties-yards      5-65          3-25
Punts                  3-35           3-39

Scoring summary
W — Jimmy Williams 90 kick return (Will Cutler kick), 11:47, 1st.
W — Stevie Green 50 pass from Williams (Cutler kick), 4:34, 1st.
W — Williams 76 run (Cutler kick) :56, 1st.
W — Williams 10 run (Cutler kick failed) 9:22, 2nd.
W — Stephon Moore 25 pass from D.J. Bell (Cutler kick), :44, 2nd.
W — Green 44 pass from Williams (Cutler kick), :02,2nd.
W — Green 4 run (Cutler kick), 4:49, 3rd.
WC — Alkeim Harley 21 run (kick blocked), 2:12, 3rd.