Jags spank Warriors

Published 12:23 am Saturday, September 29, 2012

CREEKSVILLE – While controversial to some, the merger of Northampton County’s two public high schools appears to be a winning combination on the gridiron.

For the fifth time in seven starts, the Jaguars topped 45 points in a game, the latest in that offensive onslaught coming here Friday night where Northampton routed North Edgecombe, 50-14.

The win, the fifth straight for the Jags, pushed their overall mark to 6-1 and improved their league-leading record to 2-0.

In the latest win, two Northampton backs cracked the 100-yard rushing barrier – Brian Lassiter (10 carries for 139 yards and 2 TD’s) and Christian Boone (13 rushes for 121 yards and a pair of scores). For the night, the Jaguars finished with 370 total yards, all coming via a rugged ground attack.

The Jaguars never trailed, scoring two TD’s in each of the first two periods en route to a 28-0 lead. It was 14-0 before North Edgecombe ran their first offensive play.

Taking the game’s opening kick-off, Northampton set sail on a 63-yard, seven play drive capped by Tyrell Powell’s three-yard TD run and Fisher McInville’s PAT kick.

North Edgecombe fumbled away the ensuing kick-off, recovered by Diyosha McGee at the Warriors 18 yardline. Two plays later, Lassiter scored on an 18-yard run and McInville tacked on the PAT for a 14-zip lead at the 8:16 mark of the first quarter.

That lead doubled to 28-0 in the second quarter where Powell scored on a three-yard run and Lassiter returned a punt 47 yards to paydirt. McInville added both PAT’s.

North Edgecombe finally got on the board with 4:28 left before halftime thanks to a 25-yard TD run by Corey Hunter. Clifton Dickens passed to Rontaius Graham for the two-point conversion as the Warriors got to within 28-8 at halftime.

If North Edgecombe hoped to draw any closer, that thought was quickly erased as the Warriors fumbled the second half kick-off, recovered by Northampton at midfield. Six plays later, Boone scored on a one-yard run. Coupled with McInville’s PAT, the Jags increased their lead to 35-8 at the 9:58 mark of the third quarter.

Northampton’s lead ballooned from there as quarterback Keion Crossen scored on a 37-yard run (2:18; 3rd quarter) and Lassiter added a 32-yard scoring run with 10:40 left in the game.

The Jags will host rival Weldon High School in a 7:30 p.m. Tar-Roanoke Conference game on Friday, Oct. 5.