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The Beddingfield High varsity football team discovered from the opening kickoff that a wise option would be to keep the football away from difficult-to-tackle junior quarterback Samien Burwell and the offense of the first-year Vance County team before a turnout of some 250 on a sweltering Thursday night in Beddingfield’s stadium.
The Bruins answered Vance County’s scoring march on the opening drive with touchdowns their first six possessions en route to a 55-20 nonconference victory in a clash of 2-A rivals.
Beddingfield matched its 3-0 start of last season, while the Vipers, competing in 2-A this season before moving to 3-A in 2019-20, lost for the third time in as many outings despite Burwell denting the Beddingfield defense for 132 yards and a TD on 14 rushes. Burwell also passed for two TDs.
Vipers’ junior Rhadol Jordan opened the game by returning the kickoff 85 yards for the TD. However, a block-in-the-back penalty nullified the score. Nonetheless, Vance County responded with a 51-yard TD march that culminated with Burwell’s 12-yard toss to senior Shaquon Allen. The same combo clicked for the two-point conversion.
Trailing 8-0, Beddingfield quickly thundered 64 yards to an 8-8 tie. Bullish sophomore Raekwon Batts pounded the final five yards and quarterback Zion Hinnant tossed a two-point conversion pass to junior William Wilder.
The Vipers gambled on fourth down in their territory their next possession and Beddingfield took over at Vance County’s 27-yard line. Disdaining the punt started the Vipers’ downfall.
The Bruins capitalized with junior Jalil Hutcherson’s 7-yard TD trot. Hinnant lofted a pass and junior Davallice Raseberry ran under it for a 28-yard TD play. Bryan Rico kicked the extra point. Still in the second quarter, Hinnant scored on keepers of 1 and 4 yards. Rico kicked another PAT. Beddingfield led 42-14 at halftime.
Second-half TDs came on Batts’ 1-yard plunge and Braxton Wiley’s 11-yard burst. Rico kicked a third PAT.
Beddingfield did not commit a turnover and Hutcherson amassed 129 yards on 11 rushes until being injured on a sideline play in the second half. Batts added 62 yards on 12 rushes. The one-two punch was complemented by effective running from Hinnant and junior Jaquez Artis as the Bruins amassed 475 yards total offense.