LUMBERTON — Lumberton football coach Mike Setzer prides himself as a “special teams coach,” but that area of the game let the Pirates down on Monday against South View.
The Pirates allowed two touchdowns in the first half in the punt game, and were unable to get stops late as the Tigers stayed perfect on the year in a 28-21 win. The loss drops Lumberton to 0-3 on the season since 2013.
On back-to-back trips for Lumberton’s punt team on the field late in the first and early in the second quarter, South View (3-0) came away with two touchdowns. Late in the first quarter, Matthew Pemberton returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown to give the Tigers a 13-7 lead. The next time out early in the second quarter, Lumberton’s Braylan Grice botched the snap and Raymond Tunoa recovered the ball and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown.
“Doing that kind of stuff, you can’t win ballgames. Special teams in a integral part of football,” Setzer said. “We’ve let special hurt us this year.”
Down 20-9 at halftime, Lumberton chipped away at the lead and hung around with two second-half touchdown passes from Grice. In the third quarter, Lumberton took a seven-minute drive and found the end zone when Grice hit Quamadre Cannady on a 22-yard pass. Following a South View touchdown in the fourth quarter, Grice hit Kwashek Breeden on a 97-yard touchdown pass with 3:40 left to cut the lead to 28-21. The Lumberton defense was unable to get a stop to give the offense a chance to tie the game, however.
Grice had three touchdowns passes in the game to go with his 252 yards passing and 44 yards rushing. Breeden had 134 yard receiving.
“The offense was more consistent tonight and I was very proud of what I saw from them tonight,” Setzer said.
Setzer was pleased with the defensive output against a run-heavy South View team that had no rushers eclipse 60 yards rushing, and had no rushing scores. The Tigers’ leading rusher was Jarieal Douglas with 54 yards. Quarterback Donovan Brewington had 73 yards passing and touchdown passes to Tyrese Byrd and Alexis Womack.
“What we’ve seen on tape, I think we done the best job stopping their run as compared to the other two teams,” he said.
Breighlan Swindell had a team-high 13 tackles for Lumberton. De’onnte McCallum added 12 and Sean Humphrey had a fumble recovery and 1 1/2 sacks.
Lumberton hosts West Brunswick on Friday.
Lake View routs South Robeson
LAKE VIEW — After tying the score early, the South Robeson football team had mistakes and missed opportunities that allowed Lake View to run away with a 50-6 win on Monday.
Jamera McLeod scored the lone touchdown for the Mustangs (0-2) on a 60-yard run to tie the score at 6-all, but from there the Wild Gators (2-1) ran away with the game. Lake View’s Deonte Bridges had four touchdown passes and Biggie Bethea scored three touchdowns.
South Robeson plays at West Columbus on Friday.
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