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LEGGETT — While the SouthWest Edgecombe offense put up 47 points Friday night against county rival North Edgecombe, the Cougars’ defense again proved to be the story in pitching its second straight shutout to start the season.
SouthWest, which produced three defensive scores in a season-opening 54-0 thrashing of Pasquotank County last Friday, only had one touchdown on the defensive side this week — Kedar Darden’s 57-yard scoop-and-score on a fumble recovery in the third quarter.
“We saw a lot of improvement in our run defense tonight from what we saw in our scrimmages and against Pasquotank,” Cougars head coach Jonathan Cobb said. “I thought we did a real good job on defense tonight, except for one possession.”
Darden had a big night with six solo tackles and two assists while senior Jelan Smith posted identical numbers to go with a caused fumble. Larry Taylor notched six solo tackles, including sack, as the Cougars had six tackles for loss of yardage.
On offense, Cortezz Jones had an 87-yard TD run while quarterback Jayden Lewis finished with 71 yards. Lewis turned a third down and 30 into a 50-yard TD scamper on the Cougars’ first possession of the second half.
Fullback Jordan Clayton scored a pair of TDs while Zykei Callahan added another.
Lewis found Keishon Porter on a 31-yard TD pass in the first quarter, part of a 5-of-12 night for 84 yards for Lewis, who also threw two interceptions.
The 1-A Tar-Roanoke Conference Warriors exited 0-2. The 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Cougars will visit 4-A South Central of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference on Thursday in a battle of 2-0 teams.
“Things are about to heat up on our schedule!” assured Cobb. “We’re really going to find out over the next four weeks what we’re made of.”