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By From staff reports
Published in Sports on September 19, 2011 1:49 PM

Southern Wayne erupted for several explosive plays on its way to racking up 370 yards of total offense at county rival Goldsboro.

Tailback Jamie Dove had a 55-yard carry and an 80-yard touchdown run while gaining 142 yards on just four carries. The Saints totaled eight plays that went for 10 or more yards. Three of those plays went for 40 or more yards.

Reason to believe

Southern Wayne has won four consecutive games for the first time since the 2007, when it won the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference championship and advanced to the third round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs.

The Saints have won 10 of their past 13 games.

Southern Wayne opens ECC play Friday at Triton, which is the preseason favorite to win the league.

"I think confidence is very important," said Southern Wayne head coach David Lee. "I think the kids are starting to believe in themselves. It's good to go into the game against Triton with some momentum. I think we're going into with a good mindset."

Bigger is better

In Charles B. Aycock high school's 49-0 loss to Triton on Friday night, the Hawks constantly pounded the ball on the ground behind a huge offensive line.

Triton's two top running backs, Dedrick Stacker and Kendrick Harris, combined for 280 yards on nine carries and scored four touchdowns. The Hawks tallied 406 yards of offense -- all on the ground.

"Triton has some fast guys and just as importantly they have some big guys up front," said C.B. Aycock head coach Randy Pinkowski. "I had a 250-pound lineman trying to hold up a 330-pound tackle all night. There isn't much that can be done to scheme around that kind of size."

Points off big plays

On a night when its offense struggled to find a rhythm, the Princeton defense provided some clutch plays to open up a tight game.

Jake Sullivan's interception set up a 30-yard pass play from Brad Williamson to Forrest Stewart just before halftime. His second INT led to Javontae Davis' first touchdown of the night -- a 2-yard dive in the third quarter.

Tyler Craft's second pick of the night led to Davis' 1-yard plunge late in the final quarter.