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Corinth Holders’ offense shines early in win over Smithfield-Selma

cbest@newsobserver.comNovember 2, 2013 

South Johnston quarterback Garrett Smith (3) runs into Cleveland's Malik Vick (9) at the line of scrimmage during Cleveland's 34-12 win Friday night.

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Corinth Holders scored on its first six possessions and downed Smithfield-Selma 39-7 Friday night at Tucker Stadium. The Pirates (7-3, 2-2) broke a two-game losing streak with the victory.

“We did the things I thought we needed to do as a football team in the first half tonight,” said Corinth Holders coach Barry Honeycutt. “I’m very happy that these guys could put those two straight losses behind them. … The weather was really a disadvantage for SSS I thought. We were able to take advantage of a short field several times.”

The Pirates scored 25 first-quarter points with Dymon Walker catching a 59-yard TD pass and returning a punt 47 yards for a touchdown during that span. Cole Sakowski and Butler Collins also ran for first-quarter TDs.

Sakowski threw for 166 yards and completed 75 percent (9-of-12) in the rain.

Smithfield-Selma’s Chris Samuels led all runners on the night with 67 yards on 16 carries. Tyler McDougle ran nine yards for a TD for the Spartans (0-10, 0-4) in the third quarter.

Rams are Two Rivers 3A champs: Cleveland won its first conference football championship in school history Friday night, downing South Johnston 34-12 in a rainstorm.

The Rams, by virtue of their win over Triton, have wrapped up the league’s No. 1 playoff seeding for the state playoffs and no worse than a share of the Two Rivers 3A Conference championship.

Cleveland (7-3, 4-0) can win the title outright next week with a win over Western Harnett.

Teams are seeded for the playoffs by their finish in their respective conferences, then by their overall records. Hence the Rams’ desire to get that eighth win next week.

The Ram backfield tandem of senior running back Isaac Martin and junior quarterback Aaron Farmer both topped the 100-yard mark on the night and ran for multiple touchdowns. But it was the Cleveland punt return unit that swung the game early.

Clayton game postponed: Clayton will visit West Johnston at 6:30 Monday night for a Greater Neuse River 4A Conference battle.

Jay Mumford contributed.

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