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Just how odious was the performance of the Beddingfield High varsity football team in its 48-7 loss to Jacksonville Northside on Friday night?
The Bruins attempted 16 passes and threw three interceptions. They completed one pass for two yards in the second quarter.
But even that lone completion had disastrous ramifications.
Northside’s Jireh Wilson, bound for East Carolina University, ripped the ball out of the hands of the Beddingfield receiver and sprinted 51 yards for the touchdown, essentially taking any remaining life out of Bruins Stadium en route to the 41-point margin of defeat.
Beddingfield, which opened the season at 3-0, dropped its third straight game to end the nonconference portion of its schedule. The Monarchs (4-2) reached the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-AA title game last season but moved up to the 3-A Coastal Conference after NCHSAA realignment.
“Passing game? We don’t have a passing game,” first-year Beddingfield head coach James Ward lamented in the aftermath. “Now we’ve got to revamp Beddingfield for real. We’ve got to run the ball. Our passing game is horrible. It was horrible. I can’t describe it.”
With senior Marcus Parker out due to serving a one-game suspension for a targeting call last week, there was a void on both sides of the ball for the Bruins. Sophomore Jalil Hutcherson attempted to step in, rushing 16 times for 106 yards including a 40-yard dash to bring the Bruins within 14-7 in the second quarter.
However, Beddingfield also had no answer defensively for the Northside combo of quarterback Elliot Dangerfield and wide receiver Demetrius Jones. The duo connected on four TD tosses, including a 43-yard strike just before halftime to put the Monarchs up 34-7 at the half.
Jones, who will play college football at Navy, ran a pass route that he will likely see many times as a Midshipman — a wheel route down the sideline where he was wide open.
Dangerfield finished 8 of 14 for 204 yards and his four TDs, while Jones hauled in five grabs for 115 yards.
“We told them last week that it was going to be a business trip,” Northside head coach Kendrick Pollock said. “We went to the state championship last year, and our goal is to go back. This time, we’re trying to go back and win it.”
The Bruins helped the Northside cause immensely, accounting for five turnovers. Northside fumbled twice, one of which set up Hutcherson’s TD dash in two plays.
One of the biggest cheers of the night came when the Beddingfield press box announced the Hunt-Havelock halftime score, which was a lopsided 49-0 margin for the Rams, who won 56-0.
“We’ve still got people that don’t know what they’re doing, and that’s sad,” Ward said. “We’ve got to be one thousand percent sure of what we’re doing as far as job wise.”
When asked if it that issue was due to coaches or players, Ward immediately took responsibility.