C.B. Aycock handles Goldsboro
By Andrew Stevens
Published in Sports on September 12, 2009 11:58 PM
Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference peers considered Charles B. Aycock a darkhorse before the season started.
The horse has found its stride.
The Golden Falcons reeled off 23 second-quarter points and rolled past county rival Goldsboro 44-8 at Cougar Stadium on Friday evening. C.B. Aycock (4-0 overall) has won five of its last six meetings against the Cougars.
In its most-complete performance of the season, Aycock compiled 388 yards of total offense, forced four turnovers and dominated the line of scrimmage all night.
"My hat's off to coach (offensive coordinator Jay) Westbrook," said Golden Falcons head coach Randy Pinkowski said. "He's been working on some different things offensively to really sure up our package. I saw a lot of things come to fruition tonight."
The Golden Falcons took the game's opening possession 73 yards on five plays and capped the drive with Tyler Farmer's 46 yard touchdown pass to Tyheim Pitt.
Goldsboro marched to the Aycock 12-yard line on its ensuing possession, but couldn't convert on fourth down. The Cougars also had a drive end when quarterback Cortez Sprangle was intercepted by Antonio Applewhite. The pick set up the Golden Falcons' next scoring drive that ended on Marcus Cobb's 3-yard touchdown run.
After the margin grew to 16-0 on a Goldsboro safety, Sprangle was intercepted again, this time by Shepard Whitfield. The Cougars turned the ball over four times, gained just 66 yards rushing and managed to get just six first downs.
Goldsboro was forced to play without tailback Andre Montgomery, who missed the game for reasons head coach Eric Reid described as "school related."
"We just didn't execute plain and simple," said Reid. "Aycock wanted it more than us tonight. We stunk the place up tonight. This is either going to be a wake up call or a knock out blow."
Cobb's 1-yard touchdown run with three minutes to go in the first half gave the Golden Falcons a 23-0 cushion. The area's leading rusher, Cobb finished with a 147 yards on 21 carries.
"We were able to create some cracks and crevices, and when you have a good back like Marcus you don't have to give him much," said Pinkowski. "Marcus has unlimited potential. He's developing that very workman-like attitude."
Farmer hooked up with Craig Murdock on a 59-yard scoring strike just before halftime to stretch the advantage to 30-0. The junior quarterback connected with Murdock on a 5-yard touchdown pass midway through the third quarter. Farmer was 5-of-8 passing for 124 yards and three touchdowns.
Marquis Bryant's 7-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter capped Aycock's offensive outburst.
Goldsboro got on the board late on Sprangle's 31-yard touchdown pass to Chris Gray.
Pitt recorded five tackles and a fumble recovery, and Lester Faison also had five stops for the Golden Falcons.