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Rogers, Harlem race past J-Hawks
Posted By Staff On October 6, 2010 @ 5:57 am In Online Exclusives | No Comments
By Matt Nestor
The start was slow for Harlem on their homecoming night. The Jefferson defense was strong early, and a strong kick return helped the J-Hawks get deep into Harlem territory.
But the Huskies’ defense held, and quarterback Brandon Rogers helped Harlem (4-2) put up 24 points in the second quarter on their way to a 41-7 victory over Jefferson (2-4).
“Offensively, I’m just really proud of the way we bounced back,” Harlem coach Jim Morrow said a week after his team was shut out against Hononegah. “We were very seldom penalized. Our football IQ really seemed to go up this week.”
Harlem did get a first-quarter touchdown from senior Keith Purifoy on a 3-yard run in the first quarter to take an early lead. In the second quarter, Rogers took over.
The senior quarterback completed 13 of 22 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns on the night, both in the second quarter. He also ran for 49 yards.
The team really seemed to take off after a 35-yard strike to Brandon Stout over double coverage in the end zone put them up 14-0. Rob Hyde followed up with a 1-yard plunge, and then Rogers hit Kevin Witcik on a 22-yard pass for another score. A 35-yard field goal helped Harlem claim a 31-0 lead at the half.
“Our football team was solid,” Morrow said. “That is the second week in a row I felt our defense did really well. We tried some things that we practiced, and we made the right decisions.”
The Harlem defense was strong all night, especially in the first half. The Huskies held Jefferson to 18 total yards in the first half on seven possessions, with the J-Hawks’ only first down coming on a 15-yard, dead-ball penalty.
Harlem will look to continue their drive to a playoff berth against Guilford. Harlem has come up short against the other two top teams in the conference, and will be looking to play their best game against the Vikings.
“We want to play our football,” Morrow said. “We want to put it all together.”
In other NIC-10 action:
→ The Guilford Vikings (4-2) were flawless for three quarters in building up a 24-6 lead against Hononegah. But the Indians (6-0) didn’t give up, scoring 26 straight points, including 20 in the fourth quarter, for a 32-24 comeback victory. Senior quarterback Chase Robinson finally broke out with a big statistical game when Hononegah needed him most, throwing for 208 yards as well as running for 69 yards and two touchdowns. The Vikings got 109 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Dontrell Chance in the loss.
→ Belvidere (2-4) jumped out to an early lead behind Marcus Gooden against East (1-5). Gooden ran for touchdowns of 64 and 21 yards on his way to 134 yards rushing. Then, the defense held strong, preserving a 19-14 win. Andrew Lantz completed a 51-yard touchdown to Matt Mallon in the E-Rabs’ loss.
→ Boylan (6-0) continued to roll, getting 199 rushing yards from Tyries Thomas in a 41-7 romp over Belvidere North (1-5). Not only did the Titans continue to roll on offense, but the defense also held Blue Thunder star Austin Smaha to a season-low 58 yards rushing.
→ Freeport (4-2) got three touchdown passes from Alex Bennett and Tevin Person ran for more than 100 yards as the Pretzels topped Auburn (0-6) by a score of 53-6.
From the Oct. 6-12, 2010 issue
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