Bears bounce back

Published 11:22 pm Friday, September 28, 2012

BARCO – Hertford County High School got back on the winning side here last night (Friday).

The Bears dominated the first half of their Northeastern Coastal Conference game at Currituck and came home with an easy 28-0 victory.

The biggest cost to the Bears, however, may have come in the injury area where they suffered three key injuries. During the contest, the Bears lost Ken Sharpe, Tucker Warren and De’Metrick Harrison to various injuries.

Despite those individual setbacks, however, the Bears dominated the first half of play in Barco, starting with the opening drive.

The Bears took the kickoff and drove 58 yards on seven plays. Sharpe had the first of his three touchdown runs when he took it in from four yards out. Ackerman Grace added the conversion and the Bears led 7-0 with 9:14 to play in the first quarter.

After a short Currituck punt, the Bears set up shop at the Knights 39-yard line. They scored seven plays later when Sharpe went in from seven yards out. Grace added the conversion and the Bears were ahead 14-0 with 3:59 to play in the first period.

The visiting Bears continued in the second quarter where they left off in the first.

Less than two minutes into the period, Sharpe recorded the “hat trick” with his third score, this one coming from seven yards out. Grace was again true with the PAT and the Bears led 21-0.

Hertford County found paydirt one more time before the first half ended.

Quarterback Ryan Weaver connected with Chris Jordan on a 43-yard strike through the airways. Ryan Hatcher this time added the conversion and the Bears led 28-0.

In the first half, Hertford County put together 241 yards of offense while holding the Knights to minus-four yards of total offense.

The second half saw the Bears cruise to victory, despite neither team scoring again.

The Bears finished with 407 yards of total offense, 281 of which came on the ground.

Weaver led the way with 87 yards on eight carries. He was also 7-of-9 passing for 136 yards.

Hertford County improved to 4-3 overall with the victory and moves to 1-2 in the Northeastern Coastal Conference. They will return home next week when they host Pasquotank County High School in another league matchup.

(Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald Senior Analyst Gattis Hodges provided the information for this story.)