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Avante George (3) outruns the Lakewood defenders to pick up a first down for the Rosewood Eagles.

The Rosewood Eagles defeated the Lakewood Leopards 63-21 at home on Monday night.

Lakewood received the ball first to start the game, but they were unable to pick up a first down and were forced to punt the ball.

After taking over on possession, the Rosewood offense drove down the field quickly to score first off of a 7-yard rushing touchdown from running back Terquavis Butler. This made the score 7-0 with 3:37 left in the first quarter.

Lakewood quickly answered back with a touchdown from their quarterback who ran straight through the Rosewood defensive line for a rush of over 50 yards with 2:30 left in the first quarter.

Rosewood scored on the first play of their next drive on a handoff to running back Avante George who ran it all the way to the end zone for a 57-yard touchdown run for a 14-7 lead.

After the score, Rosewood kicked off to Lakewood who fumbled on the return. The fumble was recovered by Rosewood, and the fumble recovery led to another rushing touchdown. The rushing touchdown came from Butler again who took the handoff up the middle for a touchdown less than a minute after George scored.

The touchdown gave the Eagles a 21-7 lead with 1:13 remaining in the first quarter.

The second quarter started off the same way the first one ended, with Rosewood scoring. The Eagles’ first touchdown of the second quarter came from their quarterback Will Harris, this time on a 5-yard touchdown run to make the score 28-7 with 10:45 remaining in the half.

Rosewood scored just two minutes later with yet another touchdown from George for 34 yards.

It finally looked like Lakewood might turn things around when they scored their second touchdown of the game with 3:30 until halftime to make the score 14-42.

The momentum swung back in the Eagles’ favor at the start of the second half when on the kickoff, George returned a touchdown for 85 yards. The kickoff return was his third touchdown of the game.

The touchdown by George sealed the game as the lead became too large, and Rosewood used a clock management strategy to run out most of the clock in the second half.

Rosewood went on to score two more rushing touchdowns as they slowly drained the clock. One came from Butler, which was his third for game with 11:11 remaining in the game, and the other came from running back David Lamm with 10:46 remaining in the game.

Butler, who scored three rushing touchdowns in the game, said that he thinks he and the team can play better.

“I think I did pretty good, but I feel like I can do better,” he said. “(The team) played pretty decent, but we are still not (performing) to the best of our ability yet.”

Butler also said that it was the outside zone runs that allowed them to run the ball so effectively as a team.

“It’s basically just the outside zone, because we have some of the fastest guys in the county, so we might as well use them,” he said.

Rosewood’s George, who scored three touchdowns, said the line deserves credit for his success in the game.

“I couldn’t really do it without my (offensive line),” he said. “I always have to give thanks to them. They are the ones blocking for me. They don’t ever really get the credit that they deserve. So that’s why I always want to help them as much as I can.”

With the win, Rosewood is now 4-0 overall, and 2-0 in Carolina 1A conference play. Lakewood drops to 0-4, and 0-2 Carolina 1A conference play.

Rosewood will take on Union in Rose Hill on Friday.