10/02/11 — Princeton shuts out Spring Creek

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Princeton shuts out Spring Creek

By Andrew Stevens
Published in Sports on October 2, 2011 12:04 AM

PRINCETON -- Not even a lengthy thunderstorm, a pair of delays or Spring Creek's defense could slow down Brad Williamson and Princeton's offense late Friday night.

Williamson threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns in the Bulldogs' 44-0 rout of Spring Creek. It was the Carolina 1-A Conference opener for both teams.

A storm front blowing through North Carolina delayed the game for nearly an hour. The teams returned to the field, ran one offensive play and lightning struck, which sent the teams off the field for another 30-minute delay.

A second lightning delay suspended play until 9:45 p.m. The contest ended around midnight.

Javontae Davis' 3-yard touchdown run put Princeton in front 7-0 with five minutes remaining in the first quarter.

Williamson's 50-yard touchdown pass to Austin Hinton early in the second quarter extended the lead to 14-0. Dakota Smith's 63-yard interception return fewer than two minutes later stretched the margin to 20-0 as Dillon Pace's extra point was no good.

TJ Williams also picked off a pass in the first half for the Bulldogs.

Ryne Woodard's 32-yard field goal pushed the lead to 23-0 with 6 1/2 minutes left in the first half. Williamson added a 34-yard touchdown pass to Forrest Stewart just before halftime.

Princeton held a 304-6 edge in total offense in the first half.

Williamson tossed a 38-yard touchdown pass to Hinton five minutes into the third quarter. The Bulldogs' junior quarterback finished 12 for 17 passing and added 63 yards rushing.

"Our offensive line did a great job tonight of pass blocking," Williamson said. "Austin Hinton made some great catches. I noticed some things on their defense. Our receivers are just good, they're fast."

Princeton's JD Howard provided the Bulldogs' third interception in the fourth quarter. Phillip Haire's interception, Princeton's fourth of the game, set up Kameron McDougald's 7-yard touchdown run.

Gators' quarterback James Lancaster was 8 for 23 passing for 42 yards with three interceptions. Spring Creek finished with minus-22 yards rushing and 20 yards of total offense.

"Our defense has played well the last two games," said Princeton head coach Russell Williamson. "The defensive coaches have done a great job with the kids. We're using a different philosophy this year but they've done a great job all year."

Princeton (3-3 overall, 1-0 CC) travels to North Duplin on Friday. Spring Creek (1-5, 0-1) plays host to state-ranked Ayden-Grifton the same evening.