CBA blanks Rosewood in opener, 12-0

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GOLDSBORO — Entering the 2018 season, Charles B. Aycock High head coach Steve Brooks mentioned that his defensive backs might be locked up in more man-to-man coverage this season.

So far at least, that approach has yielded a “no-fly zone” approach when it comes to the Golden Falcons secondary.

After a scoreless opening half versus Wayne County rival Rosewood, the Falcons put up touchdowns in each of the third and fourth quarters to salt away a 12-0 victory Friday night in the season opener for both teams.

Midway through the third quarter, sophomore quarterback Clay Matthews threw a 30-yard strike on to give CBA a 6-0 lead with under five minutes to go in the third quarter. The two-point conversion failed.

CBA snuffed out a Rosewood threat late in the third quarter with an interception, which led to its two-possession advantage. Matthews completed a long pass to senior wideout Jaylan Robinson to get the Falcons out from the shadow of their goalposts. Senior Tyrie Artis ripped off a gain on the ground to the Rosewood 30-yard line, which set up Matthews’ 26-yard scoring strike to Robinson.

Rosewood of the 1-A Carolina Conference threatened to avert the shutout late in the game by driving to the CBA 6-yard line. But a big sack by senior outside linebacker Tyler Parrish knocked the Eagles back out towards the 20, and Rosewood ultimately turned it over on downs.

CBA returns to Hardy Talton Stadium next week to face Greene Central.