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Running back Avante George (3) tries to pick up a first down as receiver Logan Merritt blocks an opponent during the Eagles game against the Rebels Thursday.

The Rosewood Eagles remain undefeated after clinching a 47-0 victory against the North Duplin Rebels Thursday night.

Rosewood started off the game strong by scoring two quick touchdowns. The first touchdown came with 7:38 remaining in the first quarter on a 2-yard run from running back Avante George. The next touchdown came less than a minute later when linebacker Elijah Joyner recovered a fumble and ran it into the end zone to make the score 14-0.

In the second quarter, the Eagles found the end zone two more times. The first came from George on a 55-yard rushing touchdown with 7:44 remaining, and the second came from a 25-yard rush from running back Terquavis Butler with 1:54 remaining. This made the score 27-0 at halftime with the Eagles relying on George to carry the ball to gain most of their yardage in the first half.

George scored his third touchdown of the game at the start of the second half on a 9-yard run that made the score 34-0.

The rest of the game continued to remain one-sided with Rosewood using ball control to run out the clock on offense. The Rosewood defense also contributed in a major way not allowing North Duplin to score a single point in the game.

Head Coach Robert Britt said he was impressed by the way his defense played.

“Any time you can keep a team out of the end zone, it’s good,” Britt said. “It boosts morale. This is the second game in a row we have kept the opponent out of the end zone and even when we had some young guys (in the game), there at the end they made a play to get them to put the ball on the ground and recover the ball.

“So, you know, that’s just something that every defense strives for week to week — to keep the other team out of the end zone, and so the kids did a really good job.”

Britt said he has been impressed by George’s performance on the field.

“Avante has had an unbelievable season, and I’m so happy for him because the kid is such a hard worker,” Britt said. “He’s put in the work in the weight room.”

After the win on Thursday, the Eagles remain undefeated at 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the Carolina 1A Conference. North Duplin falls to 3-3 overall and 2-2 in Carolina 1A conference play.

Rosewood plays again on Friday at home against Princeton in a game that will decide which team will become the Carolina 1A Conference champion. The Princeton Bulldogs are also undefeated 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the Carolina 1A Conference.