PIKEVILLE — Since the Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference realignment five years ago, Charles B. Aycock had never beaten New Bern.
Golden Falcons head coach Steve Brooks and his squad made sure history didn’t repeat itself a sixth time Tuesday evening.
They buried it deep underground.
Behind outstanding performances from running back Tae Jackson and quarterback Alijuan Moore, the Golden Falcons flew over the Bears 50-14 at Hardy Talton Stadium.
“Tonight was all about our seniors,” Brooks said. “There’s people in our building that don’t believe in us. For years we’ve been told we’ll never beat New Bern and tonight we did it on our senior night.
“It was about our kids and nobody else.”
Throughout the game the Golden Falcons made sure their senior night crowd had plenty of reasons to jump for joy.
In the first quarter, after blocking a New Bern punt, Aycock started at the Bears’ 10-yard line. The Golden Falcons quickly made the score 7-0 on a 10-yard touchdown run by Moore.
In the second quarter, the Golden Falcons tallied two TDs. The Bears mixed in a TD run by Dimtrell Tucker to make the score 22-8 heading into halftime.
Six minutes into the second half, C.B. Aycock found itself up 28-8 after Moore connected with Seth Shepard for a 10-yard touchdown pass.
Then Moore hooked up with Tyrie Artis, who caught the ball in stride and broke off a 67-yard TD catch. Early in the fourth quarter Moore called his own number again and ran in a 2-yard TD.
With eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, Moore scored his sixth touchdown of the night, but this time on the defensive side of the ball when he picked off New Bern quarterback Kahmaad Scriven and ran 46 yards to the house to put the Golden Falcons up 50-8.
Scriven threw a 28-yard touchdown pass the Chandler Smith to make the 50-14
In total, C.B. Aycock closed the second half on a 28-7 run and had 345 yards of total offense.
Jackson — the junior leader of the Golden Falcons — rushed for 133 rushing yards on 29 carries and one touchdown.
Moore, also a junior, added 20 rushing yards and two TDs. He completed 9 of 20 passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns, and the pick six.
“He’s starting to figure it out,” Brooks said. “In the second half he made some reads on his own, tremendous effort. I can’t tell you how proud of him I am.
“He’s taken a long time to get here and he deserves it.”
After the game the players and coaches celebrated like they’d won the Super Bowl. They took pictures in front of the scoreboard. The players dumped water on coach Brooks.
“This was about Aycock blue and white. I think we could have beat the New York Giants tonight, our kids had so much motivation and we weren’t going to be denied tonight,” Brooks said. “They deserved something great to happen to them.”