Pam Pack upsets West Craven, prolongs season

Published 10:23 pm Friday, November 3, 2017

VANCEBORO — Washington senior Hykeem Ruffin ran for four touchdowns to lead the Pam Pack to a 47-28 upset win over 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference champion West Craven on Friday. The win likely puts it in the playoffs after missing last year.

The Eagles went into the game without leading running back Jonquez Green, but managed to strike first on a 3-yard connection between Will Wetherington and Latrell Campbell.

Ruffin and the Pam Pack answered that, as well as everything else the West Craven offense would produce. Ruffin ripped off a 40-yard touchdown run on the first play of a second-quarter drive, knotting the game at seven apiece with 6:30 left until halftime.

Ruffin ran in his second from 16 yards away, capping off a six-play series to give Washington the lead heading into the intermission.

Ka’ci Foreman created some separation with a third-unanswered score. He rumbled 29 yards, and Michael Clark’s 2-point conversion extended the Pam Pack’s lead to 21-7 in the third quarter.

The Eagles bounced back quickly. Charles Collins finished a three-play, 44-yard drive with a 5-yard run. Ruffin made it a two possession game again, only to have Collins score again with 36 seconds left in the third quarter to keep the game within the Eagles’ reach.

Washington took a stranglehold of the game on a 35-yard score by Ruffin — his fourth and final of the game — with one second left in the third. Uriah Lawrence’s 50-yard pick-six brought Washington’s lead to 40-21 with 10:48 left in the game.

The Pam Pack stayed on the ground, grinding down West Craven’s defense and burning the clock. Frederick Holscher added the exclamation mark by punching in a late touchdown.

West Craven’s first-place standing in the league guarantees its playoff spot. Washington will wait for word on its postseason fate.