Surprising? Not really. Shocking? Certainly the way the game unfolded was. Whiteville scored touchdowns on five if its six first half possessions to take a 34-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 47-14 win over previously undefeated South Columbus Friday night at South Columbus. Whiteville’s win made Three Rivers try-champions of Whiteville, South Columbus and East Bladen. All three have 8-1 conference marks and are 1-1 against the other other two. A draw was held late Friday night to determine conference finish order for state playoff seeding purpose. East Bladen drew one, South Columbus two and Whiteville three.
Ty Moss threw four first half touchdown passes and ran for one more to lead the Wolfpack’s first half surge. Jateik Martin caught two touchdown passes and his 62-yard catch and run set up the first Wolfpack touchdown. Cameron Smith had a touchdown reception as did Phillip Powell. Many observers would call Powell’s touchdown a run, but the ball is actual pitched a few inches forward, not handed to Powell, so the play is recorded as a pass play. Keshawn Bellamy scored two rushing touchdowns in the second half, including an 80-yard burst through the middle of the Stallion defense.
South Columbus racked up some impressive numbers in the second half, running 47 offensive plays to Whiteville’s 12. However, the wing-t ground attack of South was unable to make a significant dent in the large halftime deficit. Whiteville allowed numerous Stallion second-half first downs, but South’s drives ate up a lot of clock time. Whiteville was able to match two Seth Buffkin second-half scores with the two Keshawn Bellamy touchdown runs.
With both teams looking for its first win of the season, you would expect a competitive game. And it was! East Columbus broke a 14-14 tie in the fourth quarter to take 20-14 win over West Columbus and secure the Gators first win of the season.