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SMITHFIELD — The visiting Beddingfield High varsity football team got on the scoreboard via a pass play, a kickoff return, a safety, a running play and a flukish recovery of the football in the end zone after a muffed field-goal try in posting a 30-0 nonconference win against Smithfield-Selma of the 3-A Greater Neuse Conference on Friday night.
The Bruins, picked as the team to beat in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference, upped their record to 2-0. The Spartans fell to 0-2.
After a scoreless first quarter, Beddingfield struck on quarterback Zion Hinnant’s 20-yard pass to Jaquez Artis.
The 6-0 margin stood at halftime.
But Bedddingfield opened the second half with junior Jalil Hutcherson’s 90-yard kickoff return for a TD. Bryan Rico kicked the extra point.
The margin became 15-0 in the third quarter when a trio of onrushing Beddingfield defensive linemen sacked the Smithfield-Selma quarterback in the end zone for a safety.
The Bruins padded the margin in the fourth quarter on Hutcherson’s 2-yard TD plunge and Rico’s kicked extra point.
The final TD occurred in the last 90 seconds. The Bruins unsuccessfully attempted a 35-yard field goal. However, the officials apparently ruled the football was touched by a Spartans player or players and Beddingfield was awarded a TD when lineman Willie Bridgers fell on the football in the end zone. Jalen Harris added the two-point conversion.
Beddingfield’s defense recovered three Spartans fumbles.
Hutcherson led the Bruins’ running attack with 73 yards on 13 carries. Raekwon Batts plowed for 62 yards on nine rushes and Harris amassed 57 yards on three carries. Quarterback Hinnant connected on 3-of-5 tosses for 58 yards, a TD and no interceptions.
The Bruins return home to oppose Vance Charter next Friday evening at 7.