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Published in Sports on October 23, 2011 12:49 PM

James Kenan 27, Trask 7

ROCKY POINT -- James Kenan head coach Ken Avent Jr. was afraid his team would start slow against Tri-County 1-A Conference opponent Heide Trask.

On Friday night his fears were realized as the Tigers took a while to get rolling. Eventually the visitors got on track and completed a 27-7 victory. The Tigers have won six consecutive outings.

"Trask went right down the field on the opening drive and scored on us," Avent Jr. said. "Then we ran the kick back for a touchdown, but it was waived off due to a penalty."

James Kenan tied the score on the team's third possession when Devon Best raced seven yards for a touchdown. Jeffrey Bautista added the extra point and made the score 7-7.

The Tigers took their first lead late in the third quarter when Raheim Phillips broke free for a 29-yard run. Dominique Barnes added an insurance touchdown on the Tigers' next drive and best finished the scoring with a 44-yard scamper in the closing moments.

Best finished with 124 yards on 11 carries. Phillips added 95 yards and Marcellias Sutton tallied 93 yards on the ground. The Tigers did not attempt a pass in the victory.

James Kenan (6-3 overall, 6-3 TCC) plays host to archrival Wallce-Rose Hill on Oct. 28 with the conference championship on the line.

"I never thought after an 0-3 start that we would be in this position," Avent Jr. said. "It's a big rivalry game next week and I think our guys believe that they can go in and compete and that they have a chance to win the game."

Goldsboro 40, Spring Creek 0

Goldsboro's defense pitched it's third consecutive shutout in a 40-0 win over Spring Creek on the Carolina 1-A Conference football scene on Friday night.

The Cougars scored 27 points in the opening quarter as they jumped all over the Gators.

Julius Murphy opened the scoring with a one-yard plunge on the first Goldsboro possession. Devante Harris added a pair of touchdowns to make the lead 21-0 less than eight minutes into the game. Murphy connected with Moses Ramsey for a six-yard touchdown pass to cap the first quarter.

Rasheed Mallette added a 36-yard scoring run in the second quarter and Bernard Cannon scored from two yards out in the third period to finalize the Cougars' total.

Mallette led the Cougars with 84 yards on the ground. Murphy completed three passes for 51 yards. Rodney Cook hauled-in two receptions for 45 yards.

Goldsboro (6-3 overall, 4-0 CC) travels to state-ranked Ayden-Grifton on Oct. 28. The winner will claim the Carolina 1-A Conference championship. Spring Creek (1-8, 0-4) plays host to North Duplin the same night.

Ayden-Grifton 42, Princeton 0

PRINCETON -- Ayden-Grifton raced out to a 20-0 lead and never looked back in a 42-7 beating of Princeton on Friday night.

Brandon Larry scored three touchdowns for the state-ranked Chargers, including two in the first quarter.

Princeton's only touchdown came in the second quarter when Brad Williamson hit Tyler Craft for an eight-yard score that cut the visitor's advantage to 20-7. The celebration did not last long however as Larry raced back into the end zone less than two minutes later and essentially put the game away.

Kariym Ghent led the Ayden-Grifton attack with 156 yards on 13 carries. Tyree Blount added 99 yards and a touchdown. Larry finished with 66 yards rushing and 13 passing in the win.

Javontae Davis paced Princeton with 94 yards on 17 totes. Williamson finished with 107 yards passing, most of which went to Craft who caught four balls for 50 yards.

Princeton (3-6, 1-3) is the guest of Rosewood on Oct. 28.

SW Edgecombe 20, Greene Central 14

SNOW HILL -- SouthWest Edgecombe scored the go-ahead touchdown with less than three minutes to play and knocked off Greene Central 20-14 on Friday night.

Trailing 14-0 at the intermission, the Rams battled back during the third quarter. Rasheem Shackleford got the home team on the scoreboard with a 22-yard run. Rashad Yelverton tied the game late in the period with a 23-yard jaunt.

The Cougars proved too much too handle in the fourth period as Milon Ransom capped a long drive with a six-yard touchdown run to seal the victory.

Shackleford paced the Greene Central offense with 89 yards on 13 carries. Yelverton added 77 yards on 13 totes. The Rams did not complete a pass in the loss.

Greene Central (4-5 overall, 1-4 EPC) concludes regular-season play on Oct. 28 when they play host to Farmville Central.