With a performance similar to Jason Hunt’s memorable totals last season, Swett senior Dillon Hunt’s career-high 189 yards last week in Pembroke won’t soon be forgotten by Rams — or Pirates — fans.
The two-year varsity starter gashed Lumberton’s staunch run defense for four carries of at least 10 yards during Swett’s 25-7 victory in the Backyard Brawl III, putting the Rams up 13-0 in the second quarter with a 61-yard gallop up the middle.
“Dillon, Travon (Clark), JR (Sampson), all of our backs did a tremendous job,” Swett coach Mark Heil said. “Dillon ran hard all night and I thought our offensive line gave an outstanding effort.”
Another unsung hero for the Rams was wide receiver Tyrell McDonald, known as Katdaddy by Swett’s coaching staff and the folks at Big ‘Mo’ Stadium. McDonald was a matchup nightmare for the Pirates down the field, hauling in two catches that spanned 42 and 38 yards.
He finished with five catches for 116 yards and made up for a dropped touchdown pass in the first quarter with a nifty 42-yard snare down the sideline a few minutes later.
“Lumberton took away Juwan (Jones) and we kind of expected that,” Heil said. “We told Tyrell before the game to expect some passes his way. He had a heck of a game and he’s a great kid.”
The Rams (5-5) travel to Durham Hillside Friday in the first round of the NCHSAA 4A playoffs.
“We kind of shot ourselves in the foot with the loss at Pinecrest but we’re happy to be in the playoffs,” Swett quarterback Chase Armstrong said, Robeson County’s passing yardage leader at 1,724.