Firebirds smash Bunn, 55-14

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BUNN — So far in 2018, the Southern Nash High varsity football team hasn’t required too many touches to do its damage.

That script continued to play out Thursday night on the road at Bunn.

Although the Firebirds fell behind for the first time all season late in the first quarter, it lasted all of 14 seconds.

Junior Quinton Cooley promptly ran 70 yards for a touchdown to give the Firebirds the lead, and it was the beginning of a 49-0 surge that brought forth a running clock in a resounding 55-14 Southern Nash win.

The Firebirds only needed five first downs to roll up 335 yards rushing, with Cooley running for 127 yards on just four carries. Cooley added a 54-yard dash in the second quarter.

His fellow wingback in senior Zonovan Knight? He wasn’t too shabby. Knight accounted for 155 yards and three scores on just six totes, capping the scoring with a 91-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter to give him four total TDs.

Indeed, it was the Cooley and Knight show in the first half, as the duo traded scores back and forth in the first half after the opening 1-yard plunge by Bunn’s Quentin Perry.

But Cooley scored on his 70-yard jaunt just 14 seconds later, and Knight’s 49-yard dash made it 14-6 Firebirds in the second quarter.

Southern took a 28-6 lead into halftime on Cooley’s second TD and Knight’s 26-yard dash.

Junior fullback Daylon Whitley got in on the act to open the third quarter, rumbling 24 yards to make it 35-6. Junior kicker Evan Barnes converted on the fifth of his seven PATs.

Before the end of the third quarter, Knight added his third and final rushing touchdown on a 55-yard sprint. Senior Desmon Vick’s 2-yard plunge made it 41-6 Southern Nash with 10:25 to play.

Bunn (1-2), a 2-A member of the 1-A/2-A Northern Carolina Conference, scored its final TD against the Firebirds’ reserves, using a 34-yard run from Raekwon Dunston. Knight’s kickoff return and the seventh PAT from Barnes completed the scoring.

Southern Nash, which did not punt, plays host to West Johnston next Friday.