Sep 29, 2012
E.E. Smith was set to kick another extra point against Terry Sanford, but an officials' timeout delayed the snap.
Wide receiver Ismail Williamson, who had just scored his second long touchdown, needed more time as he slowly walked from one side of the field to the other, crossing through the PAT formation on his way to the Golden Bulls' bench.
E.E. Smith's offense enjoyed an explosive and exhausting night in a 41-14 victory against the visiting Bulldogs on Friday. Phillip Bell accounted for 372 total yards and six touchdowns, including three on first-half passes. His two TD connections with Williams covered 65 and 73 yards.
By the time Williamson reached the sideline after his second score, he removed his helmet and put his hands on his knees. He said he felt ill because he hadn't eaten much the previous two days.
"I focused on this game the whole week, have been excited for it, and I guess I forgot about eating," said Williamson, who finished the half and game with three receptions for 171 yards. "Watching the (Baltimore) Ravens play (Thursday), I just fell asleep."
Bell passed for 182 yards and rushed for 190 on only eight carries as the Golden Bulls (6-1, 3-0) remained unbeaten in Mid-South 4-A Conference play, setting up an important showdown with defending league champion Jack Britt next Friday at the Boneyard.
Bell's 10-yard scoring toss to Jalen McKnight with 3:19 left in the opening quarter started the rout, and McKnight's interception on a tipped throw preceded Bell's 1-yard keeper that pushed E.E. Smith ahead 27-0 before halftime.
When Terry Sanford (3-4, 1-2) took over at its 34 with 1:23 remaining in the half, it had gone three-and-out on each of its first five possessions, totaling 10 yards on 15 plays. Darryl Bonner then picked up two first downs on quarterback scrambles, but Williamson made a leaping interception on a deep throw to the end zone.
"We never got back on track offensively to do things like we had intended," Terry Sanford coach Wayne Inman said.
The Bulldogs began the third quarter with Bonner throwing a 33-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Blackmon, but Bell responded with scoring runs of 25 and 85 yards. His three second-half rushes netted 157 yards.
In the first half, he did more damage through the air.
Terry Sanford forced E.E. Smith to punt twice in the early going, but the Bulldogs muffed the second one, and the Golden Bulls capitalized on a short field. They moved ahead 13-0 when Williamson caught a quick screen and broke three tackles on his long sprint to the end zone.
Harley Court boomed a 60-yard punt to the E.E. Smith 2 early in the second quarter, and the Golden Bulls were ready to kick from their own end zone on fourth-and-9 when Terry Sanford was penalized for having too many men on the field. Another 5-yard infraction, this one for offsides, gave E.E. Smith a first down, and it advanced to its 27 before Bell hit Williamson in stride on a stop-and-go route along the left sideline.
Williams caught the ball at Terry Sanford's 45 and avoided two tackles as he weaved his way toward the right sideline.
"If people are going to pinch, try to stop us from countering, try to contain (running back) Sulaiman (Mustafaa)," E.E. Smith coach Duran McLaurin said, "they'll have to keep giving up Ismail and Bell, and we'll continue to take that."
The Bulldogs limited Mustafaa to 35 yards on 14 rushes, but their encouraging start to conference play came to a screeching halt. Last week, they edged South View at home. Before that, they hung tough with Jack Britt in a 30-24 loss.
The Buccaneers and Golden Bulls go head-to-head next, possibly with a league championship at stake.
"Hopefully," Bell said, "if they try to stop the run, we can go to the pass, and if they try to stop the pass, we can go to the run."
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