10/08/06 — Rams hammer Panthers in EPC action

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Rams hammer Panthers in EPC action

By Rudy Coggins
Published in Sports on October 8, 2006 2:22 AM

BETHEL -- State-ranked Greene Central launched defense of its Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference crown with a 55-6 thrashing of North Pitt at McNair Field on Friday evening.

The Rams, rated No. 10 in the latest Associated Press 2-A poll, forced four fumbles and held the Panthers to just two first downs and 24 yards of total offense on 30 plays. Greene Central (6-1) extended its EPC winning streak to six games.

J.J. Thompson roamed for three touchdowns on runs of 1, 9 and 7 yards in the opening half.

A 6-foot, 215-pound running back, Thompson finished with a game-high 89 yards on a mere 12 carries.

Quarterback Cameron Shelton, Tyrell Lane, Reggie Edwards and Aaron Harper each contributed a rushing touchdown. Darrin Gorham returned a third-quarter fumble two yards for a touchdown.

Overall, the Rams piled up 296 yards on the ground and finished with 358 yards of total offense. Shelton completed 5 of 10 passes for 62 yards, including two for 41 yards to Harrison Walston. Walston is leading receiver in the News-Argus coverage area.

Greene Central plays host to Goldsboro next Friday, while North Pitt is the guest of Farmville Central. Each game kicks off at 7:30 p.m.