Saturday morning quarterback, Sunday edition
Posted on: 09.9.2018 at 05:05 p.m.
I was not present at a Three Rivers Conference game Friday. My observations/opinions simply come from conversations and articles aI have read.
- How many fans were a victim of comparing scores from an early season common opponent (North Brunswick) when picking Whiteville over East Bladen? I’ll admit being influenced. NEVER count East Bladen out when it plays Whiteville as Friday’s 31-28 victory showed.
- East Bladen coach Robby Priest is not a fan of punting. I believe the Eagles converted six of eight fourth down plays. The best way to keep a potent offense from scoring is to keep them off the field. East Bladen held a 3 to 1 advantage in time-of-possession.
- I still think one of the strangest “records” in Whiteville football history is Baxter Morris’ record against East Bladen (2-0) and East Columbus (0-2). Certainly a small sample size, but most would guess the other way around.
- Red Springs was brilliant in the second quarter against South Columbus, scoring 28 points. However, South Columbus was more consistent and took a 32-28 win after trailing 28-13 at halftime.
- St. Pauls’ Marqueise Coleman (310 yards rushing) South Robeson’s PJ Christian (181 yards rushing), South Columbus’ Trequan Bellamy (153 yards rushing) and West Columbus’ Shawn Tyson (200+ yards rushing, responsible for 4 TDS) appear to be the early favorites for TRC offensive player of the year. There is still a long way to go! Who would have considered Whiteville’s Ty Moss (2017 TRC Offensive POY) a candidate last season after Week 1 of league play?
- West Columbus’ Shawn Tyson accounted for four touchdowns to match South Robeson’s four scores. The difference in the 32-28 Mustangs’ win was four for four on 2-point PATs.
- St. Pauls rolled into East Columbus and rolled out with a 44-0 victory. That doesn’t change my opinion on how much the Gators are improved this season. West Bladen in two weeks will be a litmus test. It is unlikely we learn just how good St. Pauls is until a September 28 meeting with South Columbus.
- I attended a high school game in Gilbert, SC Friday. It was a top notch facility. One thing of note was the inability to get from the visitors’ stands to the home side or vice versa. Gilbert and visiting fans had separate entrances. In order to get to the bleachers on the other side, you would have to go outside the stadium and pay again. Gilbert defeated Airport 27-19.
- I’m certain all ECU fans were pleased to beat UNC (again!). However, in the back of some of their minds could the thoughts of a loss hasten coach Mo out the door? I guess if you thought that, then you couldn’t lose Saturday.
- I was 11-4 overall (4-1 high school, missed Whiteville. 7-3 college). Flip was a very respectable 10-5 (2-3 high school, but 8-2 college). For the year Frank 25-7, Flip 20-9. Reminder that Flip did not pick the 3 games Week One.