Nov 13, 2010
Rocco Scarfone recovered from a broken hand in time to spark Northern Guilford to a 43-7 first-round 3-AA playoff win at Triton on Friday night.
Scarfone, who has committed to East Carolina, had been playing receiver and defensive back since the injury in the third game of the season. His 33-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Downing on the Nighthawks' first series set the tone.
"Daniel made a great play on the ball and the line gave me good time just to get it off," said Scarfone, who completed 8 of 11 passes for 163 yards and two scores.
Northern Guilford (10-2) will travel to Cape Fear Valley Conference champion Gray's Creek in the second round after dispatching the Hawks (8-4), who claimed a share of the Eastern Carolina Conference crown with a 40-34 win over South Johnston last week.
"Our guys are hurting, but we would have had to play a perfect game to beat them," said Triton coach Joe McCullen. "They have a great football team."
Downing, who extended for a diving grab on Scarfone's first pass, made plays throughout the game. His 22-yard gain with a Scarfone toss on a fourth-and-11 set up a 2-yard scoring run by Mohamed Khellah for a 14-0 lead. Downing had a 10-yard touchdown run and ran for a 2-point conversion for a 22-0 lead with 7:20 left in the half.
Alan Hart went 70 yards with an interception return to give Northern Guilford a 29-0 lead at the break.
The outcome was obvious after Downing took the second-half kickoff 75 yards for a score. About the only thing that stopped Downing was a leg cramp after a 20-yard reception later in the third quarter.
Scarfone's 10-yard pass to Maurice Harris finished the scoring with 3:11 left in the third quarter.
"We were able to get on them real quick, and make some passes and that was a big part for us," said Northern coach Johnny Roscoe.
"We played good but next week is going to be harder," Scarfone said. "We've got to step it up and keep it up."
Triton avoided a shutout with a 66-yard drive against the Nighthawks reserves that was capped by Dedrick Stacker's 2-yard run with 5:45 to go.
"They accomplished something this year that no other teams have been able to do here (share of league championship)," McCullen said of his 2010 edition. "I'm proud of them to win eight games with as many seniors as we lost."
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