WILMINGTON — The second quarter Friday showed what Scott Braswell envisioned for Hoggard’s two-quarterback system.
Austin Schoenleber and Xavier Johnson both led long scoring drives in a smooth-looking offense, and the Vikings took advantage of four first-half turnovers to defeat Purnell Swett 45-14 in a nonleague contest.
“They’re both just talented guys, and I can’t justify putting one on the bench,” Braswell said. “They both just do such a great job. We’re going to continue to play the two of them and give them a chance to make plays. I’m just so pleased and happy with both of them. It’s really a luxury to have two great quarterbacks.”
The Vikings (3-0) were staked 10 early points after two miscues by the Rams (1-2) deep in their own zone. A blocked punt set up a 27-yard field goal by Hinton Carter, and a muffed punt return set up a 15-yard touchdown run for the Vikings.
An interception led to Johnson finding Randall Emerson for a 48-yard touchdown pass, and the Vikings led 17-0 before the end of the first quarter.
“That’s what we’re trained to do (force turnovers),” said defensive lineman Malik Moore, who had 3.5 sacks and an interception. “That’s what coach teaches us to do. We did a great job tonight.”
Braswell has changed quarterbacks often through the first few weeks of the season, and both had success Friday. After Swett quarterback Thristian Lowry went 3-of-4 for 57 yards in leading a scoring drive for the Rams (1-2), Schoenleber took the field and led the Vikings on an 11-play drive that took up 4 minutes, 27 seconds.
Schoenleber completed three of his five passes on the drive for 42 yards and ran for 13 more. Keevin Thompson capped it with an eight-yard touchdown run to put Hoggard in front 24-7.
“Four of their six touchdowns were gifts. The two in the second half were from turnovers way down in our end of the zone. We just gave them four easy scores. I thought our defense played well except for two drives, but we just gave up four easy touchdowns.”
The Vikings recovered the ensuing kickoff on a high kick no Swett player could find, and Johnson came out to start a drive at the Rams’ 29. He was 2-of-3 for 21 yards, and Thompson scored again from one yard away to send Hoggard into halftime with a dominating 31-7 lead.
“I think it’s good either one of us can go in and lead scoring drives,” Schoenleber said. “I think it’s going to be good, especially when we get into conference play. I think teams will have a tough time game-planning against us.”
Schoenleber finished 5-of-9 for 62 yards and added 30 on the ground. Johnson was 4-of-8 for 92 yards.
The Rams committed five turnovers. Lowry started 10-of-15 passing before being intercepted twice in the third quarter. He threw for 127 yards, but the Rams had just the one scoring drive until the game’s final minutes.
Mustangs stomp North Moore
ROWLAND — South Robeson sent North Moore to its 35th consecutive loss Friday night, steamrolling the Mustangs, 60-0, behind a 216-yard, three-touchdown effort from senior playmaker Andrew Hill.
South Robeson (2-1) led 38-0 at halftime and rushed for 497 yards in the game.
“They had guys jammed up inside and we were able to run counter and get to the edge,” South Robeson coach Stephen Roberson said. “We only threw one or two passes with the football. We just ran the ball and they didn’t make any adjustments.”
The Mustangs are open next week then battle Harrells Christian.
Red Springs starts 0-3
GOLDSBORO — This isn’t the start Red Springs third-year coach George Coltharp imagined this season.
The Red Devils lost their third straight game Friday night, a 43-22 decision at Eastern Wayne.
The matchup was 2A Red Springs’ third straight game against a higher classification to open the season. Coltharp believes a more challenging non-conference slate on the sideline will benefit the Red Devils when the postseason arrives.
FRIDAY’S BOX SCORES
St. Pauls 36, Southern Lee 31
SL - 9 6 6 10 - 31
SP - 8 8 0 20 - 36
SL – Ethan Helmsman 32 yd field goal
SP – Carlton Atkins safety
SP – Daymien McMillan 1 yd run (kick failed)
SL – Aaron Blockmon 17 yd pass from Emond Caldwell (kick blocked)
SP – Malik Livingston 3 yd run (Livingston pass from Lucan Hunt)
SL – Blockmon 43 yd pass from Caldwell (kick blocked)
SL – Monte McClean 3 yd run (run failed)
SP – Charles Walters 90 yd pass from Livingston (Livingston run)
SL – Blockmon 17 yd pass from Caldwell (Helmsman kick)
SP – Livingston 46 yd run (kick blocked)
SL – Helmsman 36 yd field goal
SP – Walters 15 yd pass from Livingston (pass failed)
RUSHING — SL - Monte McClean 21-79; Chad Ellis 14-54; Emond Caldwell 9-34; Patrick Bunnell
5-20. SP - Malik Livingston 27-119; Daymien McMillan 14-72; Charles Walters
PASSING — SL - Emond Caldwell 9-25-1-175. SP - Malik Livingston 6-13-0-178.
RECEIVING — SL - Aaron Blockmon 9-175. SP - Charles Walters 5-169; Tim Billinger 1-9.
Hoggard 45, Purnell Swett 14
PS 0 7 0 7 — 14
H 17 14 7 7 — 45
H: Hinton Carter 27 field goal, 7:12
H: Trevor Brown 15 run (Carter kick) 3:25
H: Xavier Johnson 48 pass to Randall Emerson (Carter kick) :27
PS: Thriston Lowery 37 pass to Tyler Maynor (Triston Hunt kick) 6:00
H: Keevin Thompson 8 run (Carter kick) 1:33
H: Keevin Thompson 1 run (Carter kick) :31
H: Austin Schoenleber 5 run (Carter kick) 3:19
H: Trevor Brown 1 run (Carter kick) 7:39
PS: Donovan Locklear 6 run (Hunt kick) 3:37
Rushing: PS: Garrett Lambert 4-21, Thriston Lowery 9-10 Triston Jacobs 6-10, Braylan Locklear 3-9, Donovan Locklear 1-6, Tyler Maynor 1-4
H: Sonny Cooper 11-38, Trevor Brown 6-29, Austin Schoenleber 8-30, Xavier Johnson 1- (-1)
Passing: PS: Thristian Lowry 14-27-3-168. H: Xavier Johnson 4-8-0-92, Austin Schoenleber 5-9-0-62
Receiving: PS: Josh Brooks 6-62, Tyler Maynor 4-62, Donovan Locklear 2-19, Triston Jacobs 2-15
H: Harrison Smith 4-49, Randall Emerson 3-69, Luke Ward 1-23, Keevin Thompson 1-13
South Robeson 60, North Moore 0
SR 18 20 14 8 — 60
NM 0 0 0 0 — 0
SR: Hill 50 run (Ellerbe run)
SR: Ellerbe 45 run ( Hill run)
SR Safety (Hlding in end-zone
SR: Hill 51 run ( Kalvis Chavis to Daquinn Lindsay)
SR: Ellerbe 33 run (pass failed)
SR Angelo Brown 1 run (pass Failed)
SR: Hill 60 run (run failed)
SR: Ellerbe 51 run (Chavis run)
Lee McCallum 59 run ( Cedric Sinclair run)
Rushing: SR: Hill 6-216, Ellerbe 5-156 L. McCallum 5-125 Brown 1-1
NM: James Bond 22-58, Will Nall 7-22, Pat Harner 1-5
Passing: SR: Chavis 2-2-0 for 15 yards
NM: Malik McCrimmon5-25-3 for 44 yards
Receiving: SR: Smith 1-12, Hill 1-3
NM: Aaron Richardson 2-28, Kirby Lambert 2-10, Nick Rush 1-6