Saturday, September 12, 2009

East Columbus mixes it up, buries North Brunswick

By Rachel George

Leland East Columbus’ road to its first win was a well-worn path up the middle of North Brunswick’s field.

Four Gators rushers combined for 317 yards as East Columbus topped the Scorpions 27-13 on Friday night.

“We were 0-3 coming in here and we led two of those games in the fourth quarter,” said East Columbus coach Travis Conner. “We played three quarters real good twice this year. Tonight, we were just able to put four quarters together and come out with the win.”

Playing a single wing offense without a quarterback, East Columbus (1-3) took direct snaps to the running backs. It worked, as all four backs each finished with at least 40 yards rushing.

TJ Wilson led the way, carrying the ball 12 times for 132 yards and four touchdowns.

His most impressive run came late in the first quarter as he ran 65 yards for a score on the first play of a drive, tying the game at 7-7 only 16 seconds after the Scorpions had scored.

“It works good ’cause nobody never know where the ball at,” said Wilson of the Gators’ offense.

The Gators broke the game open with two second-

quarter scores. Starting at their own 1-yard line late in the first, East Columbus finished a 17-play drive that took 6:01 with a four-yard Wilson touchdown.

Just more than six minutes later, Wilson scored from 25 yards out to put East Columbus up 21-7 at halftime.

Chris McClure had 82 yards on 20 carries for the Gators, while Garrett Howard finished with 40 yards and Demetri Anders had 63.

“We’re gonna run the ball off tackle. That’s what we hang our hat on,” said Conner. “We don’t have a quarterback on our roster. It’s our offense. … It’s a very flexible offense where we can do a lot of things out of it.”

North Brunswick, meanwhile, continued to struggle. DJ Graham finished with 136 yards and two touchdowns, but there were few other highlights.

The Scorpions (1-3) fumbled the ball four times, losing it twice, finished with 164 rushing yards, and suffered their worst start since 2003 when they went 1-4 and then fell to 2-7.

The Scorpions won’t be home again for the rest of September, heading to Lejeune next week and start conference play the week after at Whiteville.

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