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Rebels rally late, down Lejeune 42-35

By From staff reports
Published in Sports on September 22, 2012 11:22 PM

JACKSONVILLE -- North Duplin overcame a fourth-quarter deficit and rallied past Lejeune 42-35 on Friday night.

With his team down 35-28 and just eight minutes left in the game, Rebels' quarterback Tyler Royal broke free for a game-tying 43-yard touchdown run. After a Lejeune possession stalled inside the North Duplin red zone, Royal once again responded and led the game-winning drive which culminated in a 38-yard touchdown run with four minutes to play.

Royal finished the game with 200 yards on 20 carries and four touchdowns. The North Duplin quarterback did not complete a pass in three attempts but did make his presence known on special teams with an 83-yard return touchdown.

Julio Mora added 240 yards and one touchdown on 30 carries for the Rebels.

North Duplin (4-1 overall) opens Carolina 1-A Conference play at Goldsboro next Friday.