Grading Out: Northside, Southside combine for 111 points

Published 5:27 pm Saturday, September 2, 2017

When Northside was hoping to bounce back after a Week 2 loss and Southside looked to improve to 3-0, playmakers from both teams were seemingly unstoppable. The Seahawks decimated Perquimans, 61-0. The Panthers picked up their second win, 50-20, at Columbia.

Washington enjoyed its share of offensive success in the first half of its showdown with Conley. After getting stomped at home in 2016, the Pam Pack went into halftime trailing 35-20. However, the hosting Vikings outscored Washington 27-0 in the second half.

With many stellar performances to consider, here are the standouts from Week 3:



An offense can only run as smoothly as its quarterback. Panther signal caller Matthew Marslender not only coordinated things well, but he was effective moving the ball himself. He kept things on the ground and was deadly in doing so.

After Blount struck for the first score, Marslender faked the handoff and scooted six yards to his right for the touchdown. He made it 22-0 on another draw play, this time finding the end zone from 32 yards out.



Tyree Blount was one of multiple athletes that proved troublesome for Columbia. After helping the defense force the Wildcats three-and-out on their first series, he jumpstarted the offensive dominance with a 20-yard gain on the first play. It set a tone for the rest of the game.

Blount went on to score a 10-yard touchdown on that drive. He punched another in from a yard out, then came up with a lengthy pick-six for his second touchdown shortly after.



Efficiency has been the name of the game for Southside’s offense. The Seahawks amassed 317 yards of total offense on just 28 plays. Senior Grant Jensen, who has been a Swiss army knife of sorts, was among the most efficient on the field. He helped anchor a secondary that locked down Perquimans’ aerial offense.

Jensen left his mark on the game with a 41-yard interception return for a touchdown at the beginning of the second quarter. He scored again — a 37-yard touchdown — on his only offensive touch of the game.



Washington needs playmakers. Hykeem Ruffin was the one the Pam Pack leaned on Week 1 at East Carteret. No Pam Pack player had an answer for Tarboro in Week 2, but it found some explosiveness at Conley this past Thursday.

Junior Tyshawn Roberson helped shave down a 35-6 Viking advantage with a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. It gave his team momentum. Washington used the energy in a 68-yard drive capped off by a short score by Hykeem Ruffin.



Amari Peele was one of two Seahawks to score multiple touchdowns at Perquimans. The other was fullback Brandon Sullivan, who notched the first two scores of the game.

Just as he had in the weeks prior, Peele continued to make the best of his touches in the win over the Pirates. He and the rest of the starters saw few, if any, snaps in the second half. He was able to find the end zone on a 10-yard run and a 41-yard catch from quarterback Will Warren.