Pam Pack advance in state football playoffs

Published 9:58 pm Friday, April 16, 2021

Washington High School played its most complete game since the season’s second week by dominating South Granville of Creedmoor, N.C., 35-0, in the first round of the 2AA playoffs Friday night at Wagner Stadium.

They will host Croatan, a 55-7 winner over McMichael in the East semi-finals Friday.

After fumbling deep in Viking territory on their first two possessions, Pack defender Christian Norman recovered a South Granville (5-3) bobble at the 16 yard line. Terry Moore scored on the next play and the Vikings never recovered.

“We were missing four defensive starters for the last four games,” WHS coach Perry Owens said. “Tonight, we showed what we can do when we are healthy. This is the best we’ve looked on both sides of the ball since the Ayden-Grifton game.”

Senior fullback Kris Hill rumbled three yards to make it 14-0 midway through the second quarter, then after another Viking fumble, junior quarterback Hayes Pippin found Juan Rosario for a 40 yard scoring pass for a 21-0 halftime lead.

The second half was more of the same as the defense held South Granville on fourth down as the Vikings made a last ditch effort to get back in the game. Pippin sealed the verdict with a 28-yard scoring scamper on the second play for a 28-0 advantage.

The Pack set the final margin midway through the final quarter on Moore’s 25-yard touchdown run.

“The guys wanted to show that our win over Kinston wasn’t a fluke and they did,” Owens said. “I’m extremely proud of our effort and the result. We’ll need to do it again next week against a very strong Croatan team.”