Golden Falcons roll past Southern Wayne
By Ryan Hanchett
Published in Sports on October 28, 2012 1:50 AM
DUDLEY -- Charles B. Aycock faced a must-win situation Friday evening.
The Golden Falcons rose to the occasion.
Jeremy Hooks rushed for three touchdowns and C.B. Aycock dropped archrival Southern Wayne 26-0 in Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference play at the Doyle Whitfield Athletic Complex. The Golden Falcons (5-5 overall, 3-3 ECC) put themselves in position for a state playoff berth.
"We knew what we had to do and our guys came in and got it done," C.B. Aycock head coach Randy Pinkowski said. "I think we have shown this season that we can play with good teams and I think that bodes well for us in the playoffs."
As a cold rain settled in over the field and the wind stiffened, both teams struggled to move the ball. The first quarter featured just one combined first down and the game remained scoreless.
The Golden Falcons finally got their offense rolling in the second quarter. One big play got them on the scoreboard when Hooks broke free for a 57-yard touchdown. Jacob Harrison made the extra point and put the team ahead 7-0.
"Big plays were kind of the story of the night," Southern Wayne head coach David Lee said. "I thought our defense played well most of the game,, but a couple of lapses led to big plays for (C.B. Aycock) and it cost us."
Aycock pulled ahead 14-0 midway through the third quarter when Austin Snowden connected with Austin Westbrook for a 13-yard touchdown. Hooks broke the game open on the Golden Falcons' next drive with a 72-yard scoring run.
Hooks scored his third touchdown on a nine-yard run in the fourth quarter and iced the win for C.B. Aycock.
"We got behind the chains a little bit early and we put ourselves in bad spots as far as field position," Pinkowski said. "In the second half we turned it around and we played most of the game on our opponent's side of the 50-yard line."
Hooks paced the Golden Falcons with 181 yards on 13 carries. Snowden completed three passes for 19 yards.
Brion Kornegay led the Saints (1-9, 0-6) with 26 yards on the ground. Jacob Hollingsworth added 89 yards passing on three completions. Thomas Kelly also completed three passes for 40 yards.
"You have to give a lot of credit to coach Pinkowski's defense," Lee said. "We had some chances to score but we got into the red zone and stalled. When Aycock needed a play, they made a play."