Pack pulls road upset; gets Northeastern next

Published 10:43 pm Friday, November 12, 2021

Washington High School extended the football season with a 48-40 victory at Burlington Cummings Friday night.

The 11th seeded Pam Pack (10-2) knocked off the sixth seeded Cavaliers (9-2-1) and will travel to Elizabeth City Friday to face #3 Northeastern (11-0) after a 50-0 rout of Edenton Holmes Thursday.

Quarterback Hayes Pippin gave WHS a 7-6 lead with a 10 yard scoring run. Terry Moore made it 14-6 with a 12 yard run in the second quarter, then raced 40 yards for a score two minutes later after Gary Payne recovered a Cummings fumble.

The home team came back to tie 20-20, but Moore, a Duke University recruit, stripped the ball away on a sack, then picked it up for a 35 yard touchdown run. He then intercepted a Cavs pass on the next possession to set up Pippin’s 50-yard scoring pass to William Reid.

Cummings scored just before halftime for a 34-26 Washington lead.

“Terry Moore was the best player in the state tonight,” coach Perry Owens said. “He scored in several different ways and we needed all of them to win.”

Cummings came back to tie at 34 late in the third quarter, then Payne scored on a short run to regain the lead early in the fourth. After a fourth down defensive stop, Kentari Gibbs-Leathers scored from 15 yards out for a 48-34 lead late in the game.

Washington survived a late Cummings touchdown to advance to the third round.

“We had to make some offensive adjustments in the second half after they stopped our spread,” Owens said. “We also put Hayes (Pippin) in at middle linebacker after an injury and he was tremendous. Our season continues and I’m very proud of our team.”