The Leopards had their hands full at Pamlico High School, but managed to be the last man standing Friday night, beating the Hurricanes 7-14.
The two teams managed to keep each other out of the end zone for the entire first half. Then with 5:30 left in the third quarter, Haywood Mack managed to sneak into the end zone from 2 yards out to put the first six points on the scoreboard for the Leopards. The PA failed.
Then with just 1:14 left in the third, Pamlico’s Tony Creule powered through from 19 yards out. The Hurricane’s kick was good and this moved them up by 1 at the start of the 4th quarter, 7-6.
Then, with 8:10 left in the fourth, J.J. Tanner bulldozed through the line to move the Leopards ahead. The 2 point conversion came from Tanner to Haywood Mack.
Neither team would score again.
As the team was loading up to come back to Salemburg, Lakewood head coach James Lewis commented on the win.
“We’re happy to come away with a win. Pamlico helped us out some with turnovers and interceptions. We had turnovers, too, but it’s still early in the season and I’m happy to be 2-0,” Coach Lewis asserted.
“Pamlico is a very athletic team and very well coached. We had our hands full,” he added.
Bill Faircloth and O.B. Autry kept stats during the game. Leading rusher for the Leoaprds was Mack, who had 28 carries for 173 yards. Shyheim Rich had 8 carries for 32 yards; Tanner, 4 for 20; and Sam Koser, 1-4.
For Pamlico, Tarik Davis carried the ball 9 times for 33 yards; Na’quan Gibbs, 14-56; and Creule, 3-25.
Leopard quarterback J.J. Tanner attempted 7 passes, with 4 completions, and 1 interception for 47 yards.
Gibbs was the Hurricane quarterback and he had 16 attempts with 6 complications, 2 interceptions, for 65 yards.
On the recieving end, Jabriel Cooper caught two passes for 11 yards; Roman King, 1 for 33; and Mack, 1 for 3 yards.
For Pamlico, William Becton had 1 reception for 23 yards; Jamal Coffey, 1-1; and Josiah Simmons, 1-41.
On defense, Cody Barnett was credited with 6 tackles and 2 fumble recoveries; Deshaun Wilson also had 6 tackles and 1 fumble recovery; Pat Rich, 5 tackles; Trace Faircloth 4 tackles; Ray Hayes, 1 tackle and 2 fumble recoveries; Tyrik James, 3 tackles, and 1 sack; and Denzeil Underwood 1 tackles and 1 sack.
This brings the Leopards record to 2-0 and Pamlico falls to 1-1.
Lakewood will host Lejeune next Friday night.