Top Three: Clayton runs wild, Corprew cracks the century mark and Davis tackles (almost) everybody

Published 4:30 pm Tuesday, September 20, 2022

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Northside established its signature offensive attack early at home against Rosewood with 394 rushing yards on 48 attempts in a 34-24 victory. Meanwhile, turnovers and penalties turned a Pam Pack home win against Eastern Wayne into a 21-6 loss.

Southside rested during its bye week and Pungo Christian’s 8-man game at Columbia didn’t happen because the home team didn’t have enough healthy players. In fact, the Wildcats have cancelled the rest of their games this fall. There were still standout performances on both sides of the ball.

  1. Marcus Clayton-the Northside senior had a huge night in the Panthers home win over Rosewood. He reeled off scoring runs of 65 and 73 yards on the way to 248 yards rushing and four touchdowns. The outburst gives the 6’1 170 lb. speedster 691 yards and nine touchdowns in five games.

  1. Jamie Corprew-the junior transfer from Southside gives the Panthers an alternative to Clayton’s speed on the outside, with a more physical inside running style. Corprew rolled up 121 yards on 25 carries with Northside’s other touchdown in the Rosewood win. He cracked the century mark for the second time this season and has 420 yards on 62 carries with six touchdowns.

  1. Gabe Davis-While the Pam Pack offense converted one of four opportunities inside the Eastern Wayne 20-yard line, linebacker Gabe Davis kept giving them chances by being seemingly everywhere on the field. The 5’9 185 lb. sophomore had 15 tackles, including five for loss and a sack in the 21-6 loss.

Best of the rest-Northside: The defense did enough for the Panthers to prevail by 10 at home. Junior T.J. Squires led the way with 11 tackles, while sophomore Max Vansant had 10. Junior Gus Vansant totaled eight tackles, including two for loss and senior Jayvian O’Neal had a pair of tackles for loss and a sack.

Washington: Junior tailback Josh Gordan had 186 yards rushing on 21 carries and scored the Pack’s only touchdown. He also had two more long runs called back because of penalties.

Up Next; Northside (3-2) has a bye week, while Southside (3-1) travels to Rosewood (1-4). Washington (2-2) goes to West Craven (2-3) for the Eastern Plains Conference opener. The league coaches picked the Pack to edge the Eagles for the conference crown by one vote. Pungo Christian (2-2) hosts Northeast Academy (1-2) in 8-man action.