WILSON - Just how dominant was Northside against Beddingfield in a 48-7 win Friday night?
The Bruins attempted 16 passes and threw three interceptions. They completed one pass for 2 yards in the second quarter.
But even that lone completion had disastrous ramifications.
Northside’s Jireh Wilson, bound for East Carolina, ripped the ball out of the hands of the receiver and sprinted 51 yards for the touchdown, essentially taking any remaining life out of Bruins Stadium en route to the victory.
Beddingfield, which opened the season 3-0, dropped its third straight game to end the nonconference portion of its schedule. The Monarchs improved to 4-2. Northside has an open date next week before a showdown at home against Jacksonville on Oct. 6.
“We told them last week that it was going to be a business trip,” Northside head coach Kendrick Pollock said. “We went to the state championship last year, and our goal is to go back. This time, we’re trying to go back and win it.”
Beddingfield also had no answer defensively for the Northside combo of quarterback Elliot Dangerfield and wide receiver Demetrius Jones. The duo connected on four touchdown tosses, including 43-yard strike just before halftime to put the Monarchs up 34-7 at the half.
Jones, who will play college football at Navy, ran a pass route that he will likely see many times as a Midshipman — a wheel route down the sideline where he was wide open.
Dangerfield finished 8 of 14 for 204 yards and his four TDs, while Jones hauled in five grabs for 115 yards.
The Bruins helped the Northside cause immensely, accounting for five turnovers.
Swansboro 48, Union 32: Swansboro started fast, rolling to a 21-point halftime lead en route to its fourth win in five games this season.
The Pirates, whose only loss was a 23-18 defeat to East Carteret on Sept. 8, plays host to Princeton (4-1) next Friday night.
The win also allowed Swansboro exceed its win total of a year ago (3-8).
Quarterback Thomas Reynolds threw for 255 yards, ran for two touchdowns and passed for a third in helping the Pirates race to a 35-14 halftime lead.
"We didn't tackle well in second half, but we did enough to get the win," Swansboro coach Tim laspada said. "We were able to throw the ball and run the ball to mix it up a little bit. They had a hard time covering the pass.
S - Reynolds run (Cain kick), 9:58
S - Lee pass from Reynolds (Cain kick), 6:22
S - Reynolds 6 run (PAT failed) 11:28
S - Lee run (Hill run), 4:38
S - Smith 98 kickoff return (PAT failed)
S - Smith run (PAT failed) 2:42
S - Hill pass from Reynolds (Cain kick), 5:19
Southern Nash 58, White Oak 7: Behind a dominating defense that limited White Oak to 54 total yards and explosive special teams play, Southern Nash defeated the Vikings.
The Firebirds led 51-0 at halftime, despite only running 12 first-half plays and gaining two first downs.
Southern Nash’s Quentin Cooley had first-half punt returns of 42, 59, and 70 yards that set up the Firebirds inside the Vikings’ 25-yard line each time.
Quarterback Jyronn Brinkley scored on a 13-yard run on the Firebirds’ opening offensive play and then added a 22-yard touchdown pass to Damian Orloff one play after the Vikings (1-5) fumbled the ensuing kickoff.
Southern Nash improved to 5-1.
Zonovan Knight (110 yards, 2 TDs) and Kendrick Bell (107 yards, 3 TDs) led the Firebirds’ offense.
White Oak’s score came on EJ Anthony’s 58-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. The Vikings have an open date next week before they play host to Swansboro on Oct. 6.
White Oak 0;14;0;7;–;7
Southern Nash 23;28;7;0;–;58
East Carteret 54, Dixon 14: Dixon allowed 41 second-quarter points as the Bulldogs fell to 1-4 following a loss at East Carteret.
Trailing 20-0, Dixon got on the board in the second quarter when Xavier Lee returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. The Bulldogs also scored on Deante Jackson’s 5-yard TD pass to Aaron Schoenecker.
“We just have to start over on Monday,” Dixon coach Chris Morris said. “At half we were down 40 and we had turned it over four times and East Carteret scored on all of them. We can’t turn the ball over.”
The Bulldogs visit Southwest next week. East Carteret (4-1) visits Croatan.
East Carteret 13;41;7;3;–;54