GC loses on last-second FG at Eastern Wayne
GOLDSBORO -- Greene Central lost a stunner to Eastern Wayne 35-32 on a last second 38-yard field goal.
“It was one of those nights that just wasn’t our night,” Greene Central head coach Allen Wooten said. “Every time something big happened, we got a penalty.”
The Rams (2-2) started slow, scoring their first touchdown late in the first quarter.
After B.J. Corbitt escaped pressure to throw a 45-yard pass to Knowledge Branch, A.J. Dupree ran it in for a 1-yard touchdown.
On the first play of the second quarter the Rams went up 14-0 when Corbitt threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Jabari Barnes.
Eastern Wayne cut into Greene Central’s lead off a 1-yard touchdown run by Desmond Vaughn.
The Rams, on their next possession, got great field position after the Warriors were called for a personal foul. Greene Central took advantage driving down the field to go up 20-6.
Dupree ran in from 3 yards out to score his second touchdown of the night.
Greene Central kept trying to put the game away but Eastern Wayne refused to go down quietly.
Junious Tyson scored a 1-yard touchdown run the make the score 20-13.
The Rams were up 26-13 at halftime.
Eastern Wayne came out and dominated the third quarter. Thanks to some Greene Central penalties, Eastern Wayne made the score 26-20 when Tyson scored a 4-yard rushing touchdown.
“They have good players in the secondary,” Eastern Wayne head coach Leander Oates said of GC. “So for the second half, we flipped the script and pounded the ball.”
On the Rams’ ensuing drive Dupree fumbled giving the Warriors the ball at Greene Central’s 47-yardline. Four plays later Tyson tied the game 26-26 off a 10-yard rushing touchdown.
The lone bright spot for Greene Central came when Vaughn threw an interception to Jaylin Speight, who retuned it 40 yards for a touchdown putting the Rams up 32-26.
Eastern Wayne tied the game again early in the fourth quarter off another rushing touchdown by Tyson.
With three minutes left in the fourth quarter Corbitt threw an interception to J.J. Murray.
As Eastern Wayne lined up a 48-yard field goal Greene Central was called offsides twice giving Eastern Wayne a much easier field attempt.
Angus Dove kicked the ball perfectly giving Eastern Wayne the win.
“Things just didn’t go our way tonight,” Wooten said.
Aviel Smolka, Goldsboro News-Argus