Game of the Week: Goldsboro 48, Rosewood 0
By Rudy Coggins
Published in Sports on August 19, 2007 2:05 AM
A ceremonial Gatorade bath, little sideline jigs and big, toothy grins covering the players faces in their post-game huddle validated Goldsboro's long-awaited hunger to celebrate a football victory Friday evening.
Boy, that 12-game losing streak is certainly a distant memory now.
Hykeem Coley and Anthony Council carved up the Rosewood defense for a combined 368 yards rushing and seven touchdowns in the Cougars' season-opening, 48-0 romp at Branch Pope Field. The resounding outcome, determined before 1,000-plus fans, gave Goldsboro head coach Eric Reid his first-ever varsity win at his alma mater.
The Cougars claimed their first-ever, season-opening triumph in this decade. That sweet nectar of success temporarily replaced that bitter taste left from last year's 0-11 campaign.
Reid, drenched from head to foot, basked in the celebration.
"For the past year or so, these guys have been walking off the field with their heads down and some of them have been crying," said Reid. "It's great to see them walk off the field happy and laughing. I could have done without the Gatorade bath, but I can live with that.
"This is the best present I can ever see them have."
The defeat spoiled the debut of Rosewood head coach Robert Britt. The Eagles dropped to 7-8 in season-opening contests since 1993, including a 4-7 ledger against county opposition.
Coley rambled for a career-best four touchdowns on runs of 14, 4, 7 and 28 yards. Council clicked off two 35-yard scores and a 30-yard, fourth-quarter gallop to boost his career touchdown total to 48 in just 21 varsity games.
Goldsboro piled up 424 yards -- all rushing -- on just 39 offensive plays.
"It helps when you hand off to a back like number five (Council) and a back like number six (Coley). They're great athletes," said Britt. "We had a hard time containing them. The times we were able to shut down the gaps they wanted to run to, they were able to bounce out and we lost containment."
Rosewood wasn't as fortunate on offense.
The Eagles recorded their initial first down on their fourth possession of the game. The Cougar defense yielded just 25 yards of total offense in the opening half, and forced four turnovers -- two fumbles and two interceptions -- overall.
"Andrew Phifer and Antwon Greenfield did a wonderful job on defense," said Reid. "It's great to know they're remembering what they're told in practice. Everybody stayed with their assignments on defense and no one tried to jump over to be the hero.
"They were all disciplined tonight."
Rosewood penetrated the Cougars' red zone on two third-quarter possessions, but came up empty. Iveon Sprangle intercepted Eagle quarterback Sean Cornman to halt one drive at the Goldsboro 21.
The Cougar defense held a second time when Cornman misfired on a fourth-and-4 play at the 5.
The Eagles ripped off six first downs during those two drives and got a quality effort from injured back Eric Martel. Still bothered by a shoulder injury, the junior grinded out a team-leading 39 yards on seven carries.
"We've got good athletes. We just have to get kids believing in the system and doing what it takes to make the system work," said Britt. "I felt like, though, the kids did a good job -- that once we went to our spread package -- of fighting hard.
"They felt a little more comfortable with that and we were able to move the football. We've got a lot of improvement to do, obviously."
Goldsboro (1-0 overall) continues its early-season, three-game road swing at Eastern Wayne next Friday. Rosewood (0-1) plays host to Chocowinity Southside.
Goldsboro 14 20 7 7 -- 48
Rosewood 0 0 0 0 -- 0
G -- Coley 14 run (kick failed), 8:35
G -- Council 35 run (Council run), 3:49
G -- Coley 4 run (Greenfield kick), 7:50
G -- Council 35 run (Greenfield kick), 7:30
G -- Coley 7 run (Greenfield kick), 1:20
G -- Coley 28 run (Greenfield kick), 5:28
G -- Council 30 run (Greenfield kick), 3:32
First downs 16 12
Rushes-yds 38-424 32-75
Passing yds 0 48
Total yards 424 123
A-C-I 1-0-1 13-4-2
Fumbles-lost 1-0 4-2
Punts-avg. 0-0 3-28.7
Penalties-yds 7-70 3-20
RUSHING -- Goldsboro -- Hykeem Coley 17-194, 4 TDs; Anthony Council 15-174, 3 TDs; Iveon Sprangle 4-59; Dustin Uzzardo 2-(-3). Rosewood -- Eric Martel 7-39; Sean Cornman 13-23; Cody Richards 9-13; Josh Holmes 5-2.
PASSING -- Goldsboro -- Dustin Uzzardo 0-1-1 0. Rosewood -- Sean Cornman 4-13-2 48.
RECEIVING -- Rosewood -- Josh Holmes 1-21; Taylor Allen 1-10; Stephen McInytre 1-10; Holt Rains 1-7.
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