09/12/10 — North Johnston blows out Princeton

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North Johnston blows out Princeton

By Rudy Coggins
Published in Sports on September 12, 2010 1:50 AM

PRINCETON -- Aggressive and defensive-minded North Johnston just simply overwhelmed county rival Princeton on Friday evening.

The Dawgs never got a chance to run or pass.

The Panthers, meanwhile, ran all night.

Jacques Alston rushed for 155 yards and four touchdowns, and North Johnston dealt Princeton a 65-7 loss before a standing-room-only crowd at the Fred Bartholomew Jr. Athletic Complex.

"We couldn't establish a running game," said Dawgs head coach Russell Williamson. "They pinned their ears back and came at us in our passing game. They're a good football team and you have to give them a lot of credit.

"We didn't play well."

North Johnston (4-0 overall) stacked the box with as many as 10 defenders throughout the opening half, and constantly harassed Princeton quarterback Brad Williamson. The Panther defense logged four sacks, forced two turnovers and held the Dawgs to minus-56 yards of total offense during the first two periods.

Princeton (1-3) finished with 71 yards of total offense with most coming on a 16-play, 92-yard scoring drive that lasted nearly nine minutes in the second half. Sophomore Javontae Davis, who churned out a hard-earned 68 yards on 21 carries, capped the possession with a 2-yard plunge.

The Panther defense recorded 14 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

"Our defense, all year, has played very well and has been aggressive," said North Johnston head coach Tom Nelson. "They (Princeton) have a young team and their offensive line is young. They'll get better and they really didn't do well with the pressure (tonight), so we took advantage of that a little bit."

The Panthers compiled 469 yards of total offense, including 394 on the ground.

Alston accounted for the visitors' first-quarter scoring and added a second-quarter, 54-yard romp, which boosted his season touchdown total to 11. Malik Adams added three touchdowns -- one rushing, one receiving and a 62-yard kickoff return after the Panthers tackled Williamson in the end zone for a safety.

North Johnston tallied three second-half touchdowns on just 10 offensive plays.