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The host Beddingfield High varsity football team was simply overwhelmed by a state-championship tradition on a cold Friday evening in Bruin Stadium in the second round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A playoffs.
Wallace-Rose Hill, the No. 5 seed among 16 East Region qualifiers and in quest of a fourth consecutive state title and sixth in the last nine years, scored every possession in ousting the Bruins, 56-0, and moving into next week’s third round or East semifinals.
The Bulldogs, in their first year in 2-A after seizing the past three 1-AA state crowns, piled up 424 yards total offense as compared to 84 for the Bruins, tri-champs from the Eastern Plains Conference and seeded No. 4.
Beddingfield, which exited at 8-5 and lost in the second round for the second time in the last three years, never threatened and never crossed midfield until reaching the Bulldogs’ 39-yard line when the second half moved briskly because of a continuous clock prompted by Beddingfield falling behind 42-0 at halftime.
“They were the best team we have played, no doubt about that,” commented Beddingfield senior Marcus Parker. “They had the best backs we have seen and had good schemes.
“It’s tough to lose your last game like that. But we had a lot of blown assignments and missed tackles that needed to be made. They had people that needed to be covered that were not covered and we had plays coming in late.”
The Bulldogs, East Central Conference runners-up, boosted their record to 11-1 with their seven consecutive win and travel again next Friday to oppose No. 1 Elizabeth City Northeastern.
“This is the best I have seen us play and execute as a whole since the (3-A) Havelock game (dealt Havelock its only 2017 loss),” assessed first-year head coach Kevin Motsinger
“The so-called experts felt like 2-A ball would be a little different, and the outside world was thinking the Dogs were dead. Everybody wanted some Dog! So, we loaded up the whole kennel and drove north on two white dragons. Retribution may be coming — but not this year.”
The Bulldogs never stopped barking. They did not commit a turnover and recovered two Beddingfield fumbles that led to touchdowns. A defense anchored by senior Patrick Farrior and senior Rarkell Simmons swarmed, punished and kept senior Buins’ quarterback Sean Jones under duress. Parker and other Beddingfield ball-carriers were subjected to big-time hits.
“They had good schemes and put themselves in the right places,” Parker iterated.
Wallace-Rose Hill struck first on junior quarterback Michael Basden’s 6-yard rollout and sophomore Juan Vargas kicked the first of his four extra points. Basden’s 29-yard toss to sophomore Nick Dobson set up the TD. Still in the first quarter, senior Javonte Williams’ 57-yard gallop set up Basden’s 9-yard keeper.
By halftime, the Bulldogs owned a 42-0 margin. Scoring second-quarter TDs were senior Javonte Williams on a 13-yard scamper, senior Malcolm Gray on a 63-yard jaunt, senior Desmond Newkirk on a 29-yard dash and Gray on a 45-yard pass from Basden. Senior Devon Harper’s fumble recovery set up Newkirk’s TD.
With the Bruins trailing 42-0 at halftime, the clock ran continuously the last two quarters. And in a span of 30 actual minutes, the Bulldogs growled twice more on Basden’s 34-yard bomb to Dobson and sophomore Cameren Dalrymple’s 11-yard burst.
Beddingfield’s advance into Wallace-Rose Hill territory was keyed by Jones’ 18-yard pass to freshman Devin Roesch.
Basden notched two rushing TDs and threw for two more. Williams rushed for 95 yards on just six carries, Newkirk for 68 yards on 10 rushes and Gray for 63 yards on two carries.
The Bruins were opposing Wallace-Rose Hill for the first time in the programs’s 40-year history.
And as Motsinger noted: “For anybody that doubted how Wallace-Rose Hill was going to be, Wallace-Rose Hill is still Wallace-Rose Hill.”