It was a shootout Friday in southern Sampson County as the Pirates from Swansboro beat the Union Spartans 48-32. The Pirates had their passing game going and the Spartans struggled to stop it in the first half.
Swansboro received the opening kickoff and moved right down the field on several plays but then hit a long pass that went for the night’s first touchdown to make the score 7-0 after kicking the extra point. The Spartans received the ball on the kickoff and started their first drive of the game.
After a couple of short gains, Trey Underwood broke a big run for 45 yards and made it first and goal. The Pirate defense stepped up and got the ball back on downs.
On the next play Swansboro connected on a pass play that went for an 85-yard touchdown. The extra point was good to make the score 14-0. Union got the ball on the kickoff and proceeded to drive the ball down the field inside the 20-yard line. A costly fumble by the Spartans turned the ball back over to the Pirates.
Once again Swansboro’s efficient offense moved the ball down field with ease and scored to make the score 20-0 as the first quarter ended.
A few minutes into the second quarter, Isaac Underwood had a big gain of 55 yards to move the ball into Pirate territory. Vance King stepped up and made a big run for a touchdown and Trey Underwood scored on the two-point conversion to make the score 20-8. The Spartan defense held the Pirates on the next series and got the ball right back but this time Swansboro stopped the Union running game and got the ball back once again.
The Pirates then had another one of their big pass plays for a touchdown. They converted the two-point play and made the score 28-8. On the next kickoff by Swansboro, Underwood had a big run back to the 50-yard line.
Isaac Underwood stepped up to make some big runs on this drive and his brother Trey got the touchdown to make the score 28-14. Just when it looked like Union was making a comeback, Swansboro ran the kickoff all the way back for a touchdown to make the score 35-14 at the half.
Union came out fired up after halftime.
They got the ball to start the third quarter and drove it down deep into Pirate territory but gave it up on downs. Swansboro’s offense took over and after a few short gains, Emari Carter picked off a pass and ran it in for a Spartan touchdown to make the score 35-20. Swansboro then scored again on their next possession to make the score 41-20. The Spartans did not give up and kept playing hard.
On their next drive down field Carter made some big runs and capped it off with a touchdown run to make the score 26-41.
In the fourth quarter, each team would score one more touchdown each with Trey Underwood scoring again for Union to make the final score 48-32.
“I was really proud of the way the guys played in the second half. They didn’t quit and played hard all four quarters. Every player played hard,” said coach Doug Burley.
Union will be home again Tuesday against Pender, finishing up a game that was suspended just before halftime because of the lightening. The 2-3 Spartans are open next Friday and will play at Princeton on October 6th.
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