08/29/11 — Prep football notebook - Week 2

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Prep football notebook - Week 2

By Staff Reports
Published in Sports on August 29, 2011 1:47 PM

Goldsboro's defense turned in a solid performance while its offense piled up 34 points in the third quarter against Eastern Wayne.

The Cougars held the Warriors to 75 yards rushing and 120 yards of total offense. Eastern Wayne was 0-for-8 on third-down conversions and had six plays that resulted in negative yardage.

In its season opener, Goldsboro allowed 434 yards of total offense against Wilmington New Hanover.

"Our defense did a wonderful job," said Goldsboro High varsity head coach Eric Reid. "I said at the beginning of the year that was going to be one of our mainstays. They showed up tonight. Our coaches do a wonderful job with that group. I'm proud of them."

A week of rest

CALYPSO -- The open week comes at a good time.

Banged up North Duplin needs a few extra days to heal after back-to-back contests against physical opponents. Players gingerly walked off the field after the Lakewood game with a variety of ailments that included twisted knees and cramps.

"It's a good time for an open week for us as banged up as we are right now," said Rebels head coach Hugh Martin. "Hopefully we can heal up a little bit now. (It's) hard to simulate the games in practice as far as conditioning. I don't have a magic solution for that stuff."

Backfield mates Julio Mora (stomach) and Devin Oliver (cramps) missed several offensive plays in the second half. Oliver reeled off two big chunks of yardage to set up North Duplin at the Lakewood 9-yard line.

The Leopards held on downs, stopping quarterback Tyler Royal at the 1.

Oliver didn't play in the fourth quarter. Mora had just five totes in the second half. His last carry set up a 10-yard touchdown run by Mitchell Thigpen.

A couple of linemen needed assistance from their teammates as they hobbled toward the locker room after the game. Martin hopes the team can develop some depth at certain spots -- fill in some "pieces" on both sides of the ball when players either go down with cramps, or get a knee/ankle twisted on a tackle.

"Maybe we can find a little bit of depth here and there with people, get more reps in practice," said Martin. "We'll look at the tape and see how they did."