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Labor Day will not be a day of rest for varsity football teams from Hunt High and Greenville Rose. Instead, an entire weekend will stand between each squad and a coveted 3-0 start to the 2018 season.
With Hunt trailing 14-6 at the start of the second quarter inside Warrior Stadium on Friday night, lightning in the area forced the teams off the field. After a delay of over 90 minutes, the decision was made to postpone the resumption of play until Monday at 6:30 p.m., when the 3-A Big East Conference Warriors will have possession 1st and 10 from their 35-yard line.
In three combined first-quarter possessions, the teams did not punt. Rose, a 3-A member of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference, took the opening kickoff and went 65 yards for a touchdown in 12 plays.
Facing a fourth-and-1 from Hunt’s 27-yard line, senior quarterback Grant Jarman got the Warriors to jump into the neutral zone for a first down. Four plays later on fourth down, Jarman dropped back and found senior wide receiver Jake Rogers for an 18-yard touchdown. Wesley Shade added the extra point to put the Rampants up 7-0. Rogers snagged three catches for 35 yards in the drive.
Behind the running of junior back Tiquez Taylor, Hunt matriculated the ball back down the field. Taylor touched the ball seven times on the 12-play drive, which ended with a 1-yard sneak from senior quarterback Nathan Lemons. The extra point missed, leaving Hunt down 7-6. Lemons, by way of the short passing game, was 2 of 2 for 24 yards in the drive.
Fourth-down defense let the Warriors down again on the next possession. Rose quickly marched to the Hunt 6-yard line, but swift pressure up the middle on first down forced Jarman into an intentional grounding call. The penalty moved the ball back to the 24, and Hunt’s defense forced a fourth-and-goal from the 18. But Jarman dropped back and found a wide open Zane Noles over the middle. Noles scampered untouched into the end zone with three seconds left in the quarter. Shade tacked on the PAT to leave Hunt down 14-6, and once the kickoff ended the first quarter, lightning arrived and ushered both teams into the locker room.