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WINTERVILLE — A season-high number of pass attempts signaled trouble for the SouthWest Edgecombe High varsity football team Thursday night.
Not accustomed to putting the football into the air more than four or five times per game, the Cougars unleashed 16 aerials Thursday night and were dealt their first loss after two wins by a 22-15 count by host South Central.
SouthWest of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference dropped to 2-1, while the 4-A Falcons of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference stand undefeated after three games.
Head coach Jonathan Cobb’s Cougars wound up with a season-high 165 yards through the air and also rushed for 198 yards. However, 363 yards total offense was not enough.
Junior Cortezz Jones tallied both SouthWest touchdowns on rushing plays and also had a two-point conversion. Senior Tanner Wittig kicked an extra point.
The Cougars registered a 61-43 margin in plays and, in time of possession, posted a 29:45-18:15 advantage. SouthWest was hurt by two lost fumbles.
The nonconference rivals battled to an 8-8 standoff after the opening quarter. South Central forged a 14-8 halftime lead and the situation of trailing forced the Cougars to throw more frequently. Both teams managed a fourth-quarter TD. South Central’s points were the first yielded by SouthWest this season.
Senior Darntrell Council emerged the Cougars’ top rusher with 89 yards on 12 carries. Junior Keishon Porter was the top receiver with two catches for 67 yards, while Council had a pair of 49 yards. Senior quarterback Jayden Lewis connected on 6-of-15 passes for 146 yards and no interceptions. Jones completed his only pass for 19 yards.
Lewis averaged 46 yards on three punts.