Southside slugs out win over Jones Senior

Published 11:23 pm Friday, October 16, 2015


New Bern Sun Journal


TRENTON — In a matter of two minutes, Southside took charge.

The Seahawks scored two touchdowns in the final couple minutes of the first half, and continued on to spoil Homecoming at Jones Senior in Trenton on Friday.

Southside remains unbeaten with a 22-6 win.

“Our defense did a great job. Our defense won the game for us, without a doubt,” Southside coach Jeff Carrow said.

Jones Senior turned the ball over twice and gained just 59 yards of offense.

The lone Trojan score occurred in the third quarter when DeWanYe’ Bryant returned an interception 17 yards back to the end zone.

“The defense showed up and played a fantastic game,” Jones Senior coach John Davis said. “We were a little sluggish on offense at times, but (Southside’s) defensive coordinator had an outstanding game plan.”

Southside (7-0, 2-0 Coastal Plains) rushed for 270 yards. Senior running back Lawrence Brown racked up 162 yards on 30 carries.

“He did good. He has to work on ball security a little better, but he ran the ball well at times. The team has to block better,” Carrow said.

The only completions for Southside were made in the final seconds of the first half – a 27-yard pass to Brown, followed by a 50-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Johnny Sullivan to Zikajah Crawford, giving the Seahawks a 14-0 lead at halftime.

That score was a minute and a half after Brown’s 3-yard rushing touchdown.

Sullivan’s 1-yard run with 9:56 remaining in the third quarter put Southside on top 22-0.

Four minutes later, Bryant hauled in a deflection and raced down the sideline to put points on the board for Jones Senior.

“We didn’t do a good job at all. We didn’t block well at all. We didn’t execute our offense,” Carrow said. “We had to reach down and finish the ball game.

“I’m glad we got a win, but we have a lot of work to do.”

Jones Senior’s sophomore quarterback Anthony Taylor didn’t complete a pass. Running back Javon Andrews rushed for a team-high 27 yards.

“(Anthony Taylor) is growing every game,” Davis said. “If you would have watched him from game one to where he is at now, he’s getting better. We are trying to build a team around him, but I see it coming.”

Jones Senior (4-4, 1-1) travels to Northside (Pinetown) next Friday, while Southside plays at conference co-leader East Carteret.