FOX CREEK 48, NORTH 12
Fox Creek High School's Jaquan Williams returned the opening kickoff for 43 yards Friday evening, marking a sign of things to come, as his squad cruised to a 48-12 homecoming romp over North, in Region 4-A football.
The Predators (2-5, 1-2) were on the scoreboard with 9:44 left in the first quarter, en route to erasing some of the sting from the previous week's blowout loss against Williston-Elko.
North's passing game was non-existent, except for connections to the Predators' benefit, and Trey Mock dealt out two aerial touchdowns for the home team.
Russell Schneider, Fox Creek's coach, said he appreciated the chance to play a game while having most of his players in good health.
“At the level we're at, if you miss three starters on offense, usually it's the same kids and you're missing three on defense.”
The Eagles, whose side of the field had about 11 occupants in the stands, sank to 1-6 and 0-3 and were not able to mount a serious offensive threat until the Predators were assured of a lopsided win and were able to insert a variety of reserve players.
Fox Creek's next assignment will be considerably tougher. The Predators face a Friday road game against Wagener-Salley. The War Eagles smashed North by a similar margin (58-6) in their most recent action.
“Nothing's going to be given to us. We've still got to eliminate some mistakes,” he said, citing the example of fumbled snaps. “The defense played a lot better today. The main thing is, it was great to see the young kids get in. They practice all the time.”
He recalled excellent play from several players, including Mock with two touchdown passes, Zabian Adams with two touchdown runs, and Blake Crawford, as well as one Predator who had a particularly difficult week.
“Brandon Stallings had a funeral – a death in the family,” Schneider said. “He was out all week, and he gets a chance to scoop a fumble up and get an interception, so he was excited.”
Malik Hightower helped the home team get the last laugh, as he picked off a North pass on the Eagles' second point-after attempt, with 31 seconds left in the game, ensuring that the visitors would not connect on a single pass during the game.
N 0 0 0 12 – 12
FC 15 20 13 0 – 48
FC- Trey Mock 30 pass to Zabian Adams (kick failed) 9:44.
FC-Punter downed in end zone 3:07.
FC – Brandon Gladney 10 run (Dalton Swires kick) 1:58.
FC-Zabian Adams 1 run (Swires kick) 11:18.
FC- Adams 3 run (Swires kick) 7:40.
FC – Mock 12 pass to Gladney (run failed) 0:43.
FC-Gladney 50 punt return (kick failed) 10:09.
FC–Swires 22 run (Swires kick) 6:47.
N–Christian Savage 3 run (pass failed) 5:35.
N–Da'Quan Jones 35 run (pass failed) 0:31.
N–Malik Sanders 2-(-8), Christian Savage 7-61-1TD, Josh Harley 7-31, Andre Blackwell 1-10, Davion Livingston 7-14, Da'Quan Jones 7-69-1TD, Amond Corbitt 1-(-5) 1TD. Totals 35-172-2TD.
FC–Trey Mock 6-22, Blake Crawford 3-11, Zabian Adams 4-43-2TD, Brandon Gladney 3-29-1TD, Houston Lewis 1-0, K.J. Green 1-4, Javian Richardson 4-22, Dalton Swires 3-37-1TD, Jaquan Williams 1-6, Keli Lovett 2-17. Totals 28-193-3TD.
N–Josh Harley-0-1, Jones 0-8-1 INT.
FC–Brandon Gladney 1-12, Zabian Adams 1-30, Deondre Baskett 1-34. Totals 3-76-2TD.