East Bladen never punted in the first half against Whiteville Friday night. The Eagles also did not score. The half ended with East Bladen on Whiteville’s one-yard line. The Wolfpack’s Keshawn Bellamy’s 78-yard fumble return was the only points in the initial half providing Whiteville with a 6-0 lead. East Bladen used all running plays to open the second half with two touchdown drives, taking a 14-6 lead. That’s where the score stood when the contest ended. Whiteville had a couple of second-half scoring opportunities, but could not capitalize against a rugged East Bladen defense.
South Columbus and Red Springs were tied at six each before the Stallions ran off 36 consecutive points for a 42-6 win over the previously undefeated Red Devils. The S0uth Columbus win sets up an early season showdown next Friday at East Bladen with the unbeaten Eagles. Both teams are 3-0 heading into next week’s game.
West Columbus struck first, but South Robeson struck most. The Vikings took an early 8-0 lead before the Mustangs ran off 48 unanswered points. South Robeson’s two backs combined for 282 yards rushing on 30 carries in the 48-8 win. The victory was South Robeson’s first of the season. West Columbus drops to 0-3, 0-1 in the TRC.
East Columbus led St.Pauls 8-6 heading into the second quarter. The Bulldogs outscored the Gators 39-0 over the final three periods for a 45-8 win. St. Pauls quarterback Noah Wheeler accounted for five touchdowns, three rushing and two passing. St. Pauls picks up its first win and the Gators fall to 0-3.
West Bladen rushed for almost 300 yards, but it wasn’t enough to defeat Fairmont. The Golden Tornadoes scored a fourth-quarter touchdown to pull away form the Knights, winning 22-12. West Bladen suffers its first loss. Fairmont improves to 2-1, 1-0 in conference.
In boys soccer, West Brunswick shut out West Columbus 6-0.
TRC Football Standings
East Bladen 1-0 3-0
South Columbus 1-0 3-0
Fairmont 1-0 2-1
St. Pauls 1-0 1-2
South Robeson 1-0 1-2
Red Springs 0-1 2-1
Whiteville 0-1 2-1
West Bladen 0-1 2-1
East Columbus 0-1 0-3
West Columbus 0-1 0-3