Chocowinity downs Northeast in battle of undefeated teams

Published 9:20 pm Thursday, October 18, 2018

CHOCOWINITY — In a game between undefeated teams, Chocowinity Middle School came out victorious at home over Northeast Elementary School on Wednesday, winning 40-0 to take the driver’s seat in the race to win the conference.

“We played great,” Chocowinity head coach Alan Swain said. “This is always a tough game playing against these guys. In all of my years of being there, we’ve never beat them by more than a touchdown. This is my fifth year at Chocowinity, and if we haven’t lost, we’ve only won by six or two points. Last year we beat them in double overtime, so it’s always been a close one.”

Chocowinity got on the board quickly on Wednesday after forcing Northeast to punt on its opening drive. Tequon Moore, who was a force running the ball all game, carried the ball in from 25 yards out to open the game’s scoring. The Cougars looked to get something going their next drive, but Chocowinity’s Jamie Corprew, who finished with more than10 tackles, came up with a third-down sack of Northeast quarterback Briley Cooper.

FIGHTING FOR YARDS: Northeast quarterback Briley Cooper throws a stiff arm at the end of a run against Chocowinity. (Sean Finnerty | Daily News)

Energized by the fast start on both offense and defense, the Indians pushed for points on their next drive. Moore came up with a crucial run on fourth down to convert and move the chains, allowing Manvonte Deloch to score from 15 yards out, making the score 12-0 with 44 seconds left in the opening quarter. Chocowinity quarterback Walker Hill added an 18-yard touchdown pass to Jaiden Gibbs to close out the scoring in the first half.

The Indians kept up the pressure when play resumed after the break, piling on the points and nullifying the Cougar offense. The highlight of the game was a spectacular 35-yard scoring run from Hill, who was forced to scramble after a busted play and broke six tackles on his way to pay dirt.

“He was unbelievable,” Swain said.

Hill finished with over 100 passing yards and Moore added touchdown runs of 20 and 30 yards to go along with his first-half touchdown run. On the defensive side of the ball, Corprew stood out, as well as Xaiver Ham, who finished with six tackles for loss.