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GOLDSBORO — If the Charles B. Aycock High varsity football team was a stock, it may be high time to invest.
After a tough defeat last week at the hands of Greene Central where the Golden Falcons gave up 16 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, CBA blitzed Wayne County rival Eastern Wayne for 26 second-half points as it pulled away for a 40-20 victory Friday night.
Although the teams are 3-A rivals in the split 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference, this first meeting between the teams will serve as a nonconference affair. The conference game is scheduled for Nov. 4 in Pikeville at Hardy Talton Stadium.
Leading 14-13 at the half, CBA (2-1) expanded its lead with a 2-yard run from Seth Shepard to take a 21-13 edge entering the fourth. There, junior running back Taevian Jackson scored on a 27-yard run and sophomore quarterback Clay Matthews tossed a pair of TD passes, one to sophomore Hunter Robinson and another to senior Jaylan Robinson to give the Falcons a commanding 40-13 advantage in the fourth.
Marcus Rouse hauled in a 39-yard pass from Desmond Vaughn to cap the scoring for Eastern Wayne (1-2).
Matthews finished with three TD passes, going 13 for 22 for 214 yards. One of those strikes was a 60-yard bomb to Robinson in the second quarter. Robinson, who entered play as the leading wide receiver in The Wilson Times readership area, finished with six receptions for 138 yards.
Jackson had 134 yards on 27 carries. His 1-yard plunge helped send CBA into halftime with a 14-13 lead, and his fourth-quarter jaunt put the Falcons up by a pair of TDs.
Both teams were guilty of two turnovers, with CBA outgaining Eastern Wayne 391-294 in total offense. The Falcons steadily kept drives alive with 20 first downs.
Junious Tyson led the Eastern Wayne rushing attack, leading all ball carries with 169 yards on 23 carries. He added a pair of first-quarter TDs.
CBA returns home next Friday to face Goldsboro.