Hunt battered by Eastern Wayne 34-15 in opener

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A late-game rally boosted morale for the Hunt Warriors despite their 34-15 loss to Eastern Wayne inside Warrior Stadium on Friday night.

Hunt of the 3-A Big East Conference battled back late, thanks to touchdowns from junior Christian Phaby on special teams and junior quarterback Nathan Lemons. However, the 34-point deficit proved insurmountable for Hunt.

Senior running back Anthony McNair scored two touchdowns for Eastern Wayne, a 3-A member of the split 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference, in its dominant five-touchdown performance.

“All we’re doing is trying to grow as a team and stay together,” McNair said. “We won. Every day, get better and better.”

The Hunt Warriors only managed two first downs in the game. Their first touchdown came when Phaby recovered a muffed punt by Eastern Wayne in the end zone, which was followed by a successful two-point conversion.

On their following possession, which started on Eastern Wayne’s seven-yard line after a couple personal foul penalties following a turnover, Lemons ran it into the end zone to score Hunt’s second and final touchdown. In the final minute of the game, Hunt once again got good field position and a chance to end the game with a touchdown, but the game ended with an incomplete pass.

Hunt’s running game combined for 97 yards and one touchdown on 30 carries, while they combined for 25 yards of passing yardage in seven completed pass plays. Hunt will remain at home next week as it hosts Hertford County.