The North Duplin Rebels finished their regular season undefeated, taking on the Hobbton Wildcats Friday night. The final score was 42-7. The Wildcats finished their season 0-11.
North Duplin scored on their first possession less than two minutes into the game on a 7-yard run by Kenny Sheppard. The PAT was good on a kick. The Wildcats ran three times and kicked, giving North Duplin the ball on their 43-yard line. Sheppard scored again with 6:28 left in the first quarter on a 6-yard run. The PAT was good, putting the Rebels up 14-0.
The Rebels scored again less than two minutes into the second quarter on a 3-yard Sheppard touchdown. The PAT was good on a kick to put North Duplin, up 21-0.
Midway through the second quarter, Colby Bass raised the margin to 27-0, but the PAT was wide. On their next possession, the Wildcats had a sustained drive to the Rebel 36-yard line, where Greyson Rogers was picked off by JJ Hidalgo.
North Duplin turned the interception into a score with a second left in the half on a 12-yard pass from William Archer to Sheppard. The Rebels went for two and raised the margin to 35-0 at the half.
North Duplin score again early in the third quarter when Sheppard made it in from six yards out. The PAT kick made it 42-0 at that point. The mercy rule kicked in running the clock continuously. North Duplin’s coaching staff put the younger players in for experience at that point.
Late in the third quarter, the Wildcats were threatening when a fourth down pass from the 6-yard line was batted away from DaCorris Morrison. The Wildcats got their score late in the game when Rogers connected with Morrison on an 85-yard touchdown pass. Michael Escalera tacked on the extra point.
“It was a long year,” commented Hobbton coach Robert Hill. “Obviously, it didn’t go the way we wanted it to, but our kids worked hard all year long. I think over the last part of the season, we had some bumps in the road. I think we got better; I think our kids see what it’s going to take to be better. I think we will be better next year.”
Defensively, Thorn Bauser had three tackles and one assist; Morrison had six tackles and three assists; Rogers had five tackles; Daniel Britt had four tackles; Tyler Hudson had five tackles; Aaron Beasley had five tackles and three assists; Will Simmons had six tackles; Gregory Morrisey had five tackles and one assist; and Paxton Hudson added three tackles.
Offensively, Morrison had 49 yards on 12 carries and Rogers had 36 yards on 12 carries. Rogers passed for 151 yards with Morrison catching for 94 yards and Simmons adding 47.