Bertie collects first league win

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 9, 2003

ELIZABETH CITY – Bertie found an answer to their conference woes here Tuesday night – Pasquotank County High School.

The Falcons, who entered Tuesday night’s contest looking for win number one in the Northeastern Coastal Conference, found that win with a 20-0 decision over the Panthers.

Bertie built a 20-0 lead in he first half and pitched the shutout in the second, allowing a meager seven rushing yards and 64 passing yards in the second half.

Nursing a 6-0 lead in the second quarter, the Falcons put up a pair of touchdowns to break open what was a close game.

The first score of the game came when Kendale William capped a 15-play, 75-yard drive with a one-yard plunge to paydirt with 9:13 to play in the second quarter. Williams, Jairekus Crecey and Jaron Hinton were the workhorses on the drive, but Jermaine Norfleet’s 18-yard pass to Hinton was the biggest play as, facing a second-and-13, they were able to pickup a first down.

The conversion pass failed, but Bertie staked themselves to a 12-0 advantage.

Following a Pasquotank punt, Bertie set sail on a 59-yard, nine-play drive to put the game away.

Williams started the drive with a four-yard run before Norfleet connected with Anthony Dickerson for a 14-yard gain. Norfleet and Williams then combined to move the ball down to the 11-yardline.

It was from that point that Norfleet hit Rakendred Holley for the 11-yard score. Norfleet then connected with Casey Owens on the two-point conversion to provide the 20-0 margin of victory.

Pasquotank was held on downs on their opening possession of the second half, giving the Falcons a golden opportunity as they took over on the Panther 33-yardline.

The Falcons couldn’t capitalize on the miscue, however, as they fumbled the ball back three plays later.

The Panthers were able to make one more serious threat late in the third quarter.

Montrez Respass started the drive for Pasquotank by picking up one yard before Antuan Lewis connected with Craig Powell on a 12-yard pass completion.

Three plays later, the Panthers hit their biggest offensive play of the game when they used a halfback pass when Respass took the pitch and then threw to Powell for a gain of 35 yards to move the ball to the 21-yardline.

The drive stalled there for the Panthers as they were forced to attempt a 42-yard field goal that failed.

Early in the contest, the Falcons were able to get on the board when Williams scored on a four-yard run to give Bertie a 6-0 advantage.

Friday night the Falcons, now 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the conference, will host Currituck for their next Northeastern Coastal Conference matchup.