Four of Robeson County’s teams were in action this past week, with teams from the Three Rivers Conference taking center stage.
Fairmont (3-3) got back to .500 with its third straight win, St. Pauls continued its hot streak with a rout of South Robeson and Red Springs earned a blowout victory at East Columbus.
Lumberton and Purnell Swett enjoyed a bye week in preparation for the start of Southeastern Conference play this week.
Here’s a look at the top performers from Week 7 of the high school football season:
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Fairmont: The Golden Tornadoes scored 25 unanswered points en route to a 31-15 victory over Whiteville on Friday, earning their first win over the Wolfpack since 2001.
Quarterback Julius Caulder was a magician under center and Jarique Moore was equally impressive as Caulder’s top target. With a pair of long drives in the second half, Fairmont killed any chance for Whiteville to gain momentum.
After starting the season 0-3, many wrote off the Golden Tornadoes ahead of conference play. But as the preseason favorites to win the TRC title, Fairmont has come alive on offense in the last three games and its defense is starting to create turnovers, succeeding with a bend-not-break approach. The team now sits at 2-0 in a three-way tie atop the standings with St. Pauls and South Columbus.
Julius Caulder, QB, Fairmont: Caulder logged his best performance of the season as a dual-threat quarterback, picking apart the Wolfpack defense and showing his ability as a clock manager, leading Fairmont on a pair of long drives that helped keep Whiteville at bay in the second half.
The senior accounted for four touchdowns, finishing 26 of 34 for 331 yards through the air and 49 yards on the ground. The best stat: 0 turnovers.
Jarique Moore, WR, Fairmont: We’ve become accustomed to seeing Moore make ESPN-worthy plays, but it doesn’t mean we get tired of them.
The senior wide receiver continued to amaze with his performance against the Wolfpack, recording five catches for 124 yards. He finished with a pair of touchdowns, including a 30-yard score that he hauled in with one hand, sandwiched between a pair of Whiteville defenders. It’s a shame this kid didn’t make the Shrine Bowl roster.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Jordan Waters, WR, Fairmont: Tallied five receptions for 80 yards.
Joshua Hunt, LB, Fairmont: Finished with a forced fumble and fumble recovery.
Chris Graham, RB, St. Pauls: Rushed 20 times for 123 yards and two scores.
Noah Wheeler, QB, St. Pauls: Passed for 131 yards and two touchdowns and added 70 yards and another score.
Emmanuel Thompson, RB/LB, South Robeson: Finished with 81 yards rushing.
Nichorie West, ATH, Red Springs: Returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and had a rushing touchdown as well.
Toddrick Lockhart, QB, Red Springs: Accounted for four passing touchdowns.
Rodd Baxley can be reached at 910-416-5182. Follow him on Twitter @RoddBaxley.