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Washington and Northside renew football rivalry

January 25, 2007
By iHigh Staff of North Carolina



By KEVIN TRAVIS, Sports Editor

WASHINGTON - Maybe it’s that seven-year itch.

After having put the series on hold in 2000, Washington High School and Northside High School will renew their football rivalry this year. The Pam Pack and Panthers, who played for the Anchor Bowl from 1989 to 2000, will meet Aug. 31 in Week 3 of the prep football season.

“Coach Sawyer and I got together and felt like it would be good for the county and both schools,” Northside coach Keith Boyd said. “Now you have so many schools driving two or three hours to games and we’re just 20 minutes away. We felt it was a good situation for money at the gate and to get the student bodies fired up about football again. We wanted to get some local stuff going.”

Pam Pack coach Sport Sawyer, who played sports against Boyd in high school, said he hopes fans will embrace the renewed rivalry.

“I like the (Beaufort) county rivalry,” Sawyer said. “There’s good sportsmanship between the teams. I like coach Boyd and I think he’s a good coach. The kids know each other. I think it will be a good game between each other.

“We’re hoping to have a good Friday Night Lights game. We want to get more people in the area to support both schools and the young men who are involved.”

This year’s game will be played at Northside High School. Washington will host the game in 2008.

Thus far, the schools have agreed on just a two-year deal.

While Boyd, also the athletic director at Northside High School, said some people have called him “crazy” to sign the deal because of the size difference between the schools, he’s excited about the opportunity.

Washington is a Class 3-A school and Northside is among the 1-A ranks.

“If all goes well and we can be competitive, we might do it long term,” Boyd said. “I know the size looks lopsided and some people told me I was crazy, but I’m willing to try anything. If we can be competitive, feel like it’s good for the program and the kids, I’ll keep it going. If it’s a lose-lose (situation); if the kids don’t get anything out of it, I’ll go back and evaluate my decision.

“I just don’t see how it can be a lose-lose. I know the kids will be excited. They grew up playing against one another and they know one another. To me, it’s a friendly rivalry. You go out and play your best, play your hardest, then go back to being friends. It gives some bragging rights to the winner and that’s what the kids enjoy. It’s just good for football in the county.”

The game will not be an Anchor Bowl. Southside replaced Washington in the Anchor Bowl series in 2001.

As of now, no hardware will be on the line for the game.

“We haven’t talked about that,” Sawyer said. “I’m not sure if we’ll do anything.”

Washington holds an 8-4 mark over Northside in the series. The Pam Pack took a 30-0 win over the Panthers in the first game, played at Kugler Field in 1989. The game was scheduled to be played at Northside High School, but the school’s football field wasn’t finished in time. Damien Moore ran for two touchdowns to lead the Pam Pack.

The Panthers picked up their first win in the series the following season, taking a 31-12 victory at the then-newly constructed J.G. “Choppy” Wagner Stadium in 1990, behind Jerome Bailey’s two touchdown runs.

Northside also won the next two games, 30-14 in 1991 and 42-6 in 1992. Mitch Satterwhite and Ralph Burgess each ran for two scores for the Panthers in the 1992 victory.

Washington started a string of seven consecutive victories with an 18-6 nod in 1993 behind two touchdown passes from Brandon Alligood. The Pack followed that up with a 29-16 win in 1994. Asim McGill, now the head coach at Williamston High School, ran for one score and passed for another for Washington. Eric Oden ripped off a pair of long scoring runs for the Pack.

McGill led Washington to a 17-14 victory in 1995. He threw for one touchdown and scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter for the game-winner. That offset two scoring runs by Northside’s Chris Credle.

Washington benefited from two big defensive plays to earn a 20-6 win in 1996. Robert Taylor had a 74-yard interception return and Kondwani Lodge had a 31-yard fumble return for scores.

Terrance Copper hauled in a pair of scoring tosses from Zack Courson in a 53-0 win for the Pack in 1997. Washington also got two scoring runs apiece from William Morris and Keddrian Bowen.

Marvin Lowe rushed for three touchdowns to lead Washington to a 32-7 win in 1998. Gilbert Rutledge had scoring passes to Copper and Brent Talley. Northside’s lone score came on a 95-yard kick return by Derrick Leathers.

Washington posted a 20-6 victory in 1999. Ponzie Gibbs had a 90-yard run, Copper a 49-yard scamper and Rutledge an interception return for a score.

The Panthers stopped Washington’s run with a 28-6 victory in 2000. Leathers had two touchdown runs to lead Northside.

Both Boyd and Sawyer have fond memories of those games.

“The last couple showcased a couple of great athletes, like Terrance Copper (at Washington) and we had Derrick Leathers here (at Northside),” Boyd said. “Terrance is doing well in the NFL (with the New Orleans Saints). Watching him and Leathers are one of my last memories.

“I’ve got memories of the stands being full and seeing people you’ve always known. It brings out people who normally don’t go to football games. It brings out people for at least one Friday night. Coach Sawyer and I talked that if we can get them out one Friday night, maybe a fan will come out every Friday night.”

Sawyer said he recalls the stadium full of fans for most of the games.

“I just remember an atmosphere of good football,” Sawyer said. “Coach (Bing) Mitchell and coach (Walt) Davis had good teams over there (at Northside) and we had good teams here with guys like coach (Bob) Hanna, coach (Greg) Thomas and coach (Brian) Paschal.

“The fans were out there supporting their teams. It was just a good high school game.”

Washington and Northside scrimmaged against one another in last year’s jamboree. Boyd said that’s when interest grew between the two head coaches about renewing the rivalry.

Washington will open the season Aug. 17 at North Pitt, then host Tarboro Aug. 24 in the Victory Bell Bowl.

“We’re looking to do some different things next season,” Sawyer said. “We have a lot of experience coming back in the backfield. We have to work on the offensive line and linebackers. We have some key spots to fill, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Northside starts the season Aug. 17 at First Flight and then plays at North Duplin on Aug. 24.

“Right now I’m very optimistic,” Boyd said. “We have a lot of young kids coming back. We have kids coming off our (junior varsity) team that went 4-1 in the conference and we feel good about that group. We have a lot of kids with more experience than last year so we’ re hoping that will pay off.”

Washington and Northside will clash for the 13th time on Aug. 31.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Boyd said. “I’ve known coach Sawyer for a long time. We played football against each other and grew up coaching against each other. We kind of grew up in athletics together and we’ve always been good friends.”

Washington vs. Northside

1989

Washington Northside

16 First Downs 8

47-207 Rushes-Yards 24-36

103 Passing Yards 60

14-10-2 Pass-Comp-Int 13-5-2

2-32.5 Punting 5-30

2-0 Fumbles-Lost 2-0

14-150 Penalties 6-40

Washington 7 10 13 0 — 30

Northside 0 0 0 0 — 0

Scoring Summary

W — Damien Moore 30 run (Derek Curtis kick).

W — Curtis 23 field goal.

W — Rod Gorham 8 pass from Brian Joynes (Curtis kick).

W — David Williams 12 run (kick failed).

W — Moore 6 run (Curtis kick).

* Northside was the home team but the game was played at Kugler Field in Washington, because Northside’s field was not ready.

1990

Northside Washington

15 First Downs 9

45-257 Rushes-Yards 28-128

67 Passing Yards 76

9-3-1 Pass-Comp-Int 22-7-0

3-27.7 Punting 5-35.2

2-1 Fumbles-Lost 1-0

11-135 Penalties 7-90

Northside 6 16 0 7 — 31

Washington 0 6 0 6 — 12

Scoring Summary

N — Delray Jennette 25 run (Jerome Bailey run).

W — Lamont Cox 3 run (run failed).

N — Bailey 10 run (Bailey run).

N — Marcus Bryant 39 pass from Gray Moore (Bailey run).

W — Arron Jones two run (kick failed).

N — Bailey 3 run (Jerry Body kick).

1991

Northside Washington

12 First Downs 15

55-256 Rushes-Yards 23-164

0 Passing Yards 96

1-0-0 Pass-Comp-Int 22-13-1

2-42.5 Punting 5-22

3-1 Fumbles-Lost 1-0

3-25 Penalties 3-25

Washington 7 0 0 7 — 14

Northside 6 16 7 7 — 30

Scoring Summary

W — Jules Marshall 3 run (Jenkins kick).

N — David Credle 5 run (Mackey run).

N — Delray Jennette 5 run (Jennette run).

N — Wan Gaynor 5 run (Moore kick).

W — Marshall 5 run (Jenkins kick).

N — Kelvin Mackey 2 run (Moore kick).

1992

Washington Northside

16 First Downs 17

24-62 Rushes-Yards 43-295

178 Passing Yards 120

6-4-0 Pass-Comp-Int 27-15-0

2-43 Punting 2-43

4-3 Fumbles-Lost 4-0

9-85 Penalties 2-10

Northside 17 7 14 7 — 42

Washington 0 0 0 6 — 6

Scoring Summary

N — Mitch Satterwhite 11 run (Moore kick).

N — Ralph Burgess 11 run (Moore kick).

N — Toshua Davis 1 run (Moore kick).

N — Burgess 42 run (Moore kick).

W — Danny Sadler 5 run (pass failed).

N — Satterwhite 76 run (Moore kick).

1993

Northside Washington

5 First Downs 13

39-49 Rushes-Yards 33-165

8 Passing Yards 123

1-9-0 Pass-Comp-Int 14-4-1

4-15.3 Punting 0-0

2-1 Fumbles-Lost 5-2

6-30 Penalties 10-75

Washington 0 18 0 0 — 18

Northside 0 0 6 0 — 6

Scoring Summary

W — Allan Griffin 84 pass from Brandon Alligood (run failed).

W — Patrick Scales 18 pass from Alligood (run failed).

W — Danny Sadler 6 run (kick failed).

N — Michael Lacy 1 run (kick failed).

1994

Washington Northside

6 First Downs 11

25-223 Rushes-Yards 60-261

71 Passing Yards 0

8-3-1 Pass-Comp-Int 4-0-1

3-36.3 Punting 4-23.3

3-3 Fumbles-Lost 4-2

7-60 Penalties 4-29

Northside 8 8 0 0 — 16

Washington 7 7 8 7 — 29

Scoring Summary

N — Jamie Corprew 62 run (n/a run) - second play from scrimmage.

W — Eric Oden 21 run (n/a kick).

N — Amos Wilson 75 run (n/a run).

W — Oden 75 run (n/a kick).

W — Asim McGill 11 run (n/a run).

W — Oden 64 pass from McGill (n/a kick).

1995

Northside Washington

13 First Downs 12

33-152 Rushes-Yards 37-153

56 Passing Yards 145

9-4-0 Pass-Comp-Int 15-9-0

1-20 Punting 1-27

3-2 Fumbles-Lost 5-3

3-30 Penalties 8-64

Washington 0 7 3 7 — 17

Northside 0 8 6 0 — 14

Scoring Summary

W — Corey Smaw 25 pass from Asim McGill (Stuart Dudley kick).

N — Chris Credle 7 run (n/a run).

N — Credle 8 run (run failed).

W — Dudley 21 field goal.

W — McGill 1 run (Dudley kick).

1996

Washington Northside

4 First Downs 9

26-83 Rushes-Yards 48-156

26 Passing Yards 5

7-2-1 Pass-Comp-Int 5-1-1

6-27.5 Punting 3-25.3

4-3 Fumbles-Lost 4-2

5-44 Penalties 1-5

Northside 0 6 0 0 — 6

Washington 0 14 0 6 — 20

Scoring Summary

W — Tony Peed 7 run (run failed).

N — Amos Wilson 31 run (run failed).

W — Robert Taylor 74 interception return (Zach Courson pass to Keddrian Bowen).

W — Kondwani Lodge 31 fumble return (run failed).

1997

Washington Northside

20 First Downs 6

32-123 Rushes-Yards 37-41

207 Passing Yards 0

12-11-0 Pass-Comp-Int 1-0-1

1-43 Punting 3-34.4

2-1 Fumbles-Lost 6-5

13-160 Penalties 5-50

Washington 12 27 14 0 — 53

Northside 0 0 0 0 — 0

Scoring Summary

W — Terrance Copper 18 pass from Zack Courson (kick failed).

W — William Morris 3 run (pass failed).

W — Dedric Griffin 3 fumble recovery (kick failed).

W — Keddrian Bowen 15 run (Ross McKernan kick).

W — Morris 5 run (McKernan kick).

W — Bowen 31 run (McKernan kick).

W — Robert Taylor 40 run (McKernan kick).

W — Copper 29 pass from Courson (McKernan kick).

1998

Northside Washington

10 First Downs 13

39-115 Rushes-Yards 38-200

16 Passing Yards 179

10-2-3 Pass-Comp-Int 16-8-1

2-25 Punting 2-36.5

5-3 Fumbles-Lost 6-2

11-66.5 Penalties 13-135

Northside 0 7 0 0 — 7

Washington 14 12 6 0 — 32

Scoring Summary

W — Terrance Copper 25 pass from Gilbert Rutledge (Abbott Tunstall kick).

W — Brent Talley 21 pass from Rutledge (Tunstall kick).

W — Marvin Lowe 7 run (kick failed).

W — Lowe 42 run (kick failed).

N — Derrick Leathers 95 kickoff return (James Woolard kick).

W — Lowe 62 run (pass failed).

1999

Washington Northside

7 First Downs 9

29-183 Rushes-Yards 44-68

23 Passing Yards 66

8-2-0 Pass-Comp-Int 14-5-1

3-31.7 Punting 4-34.8

0-0 Fumbles-Lost 4-2

42 Return yards 50

16-125 Penalties 8-58

Washington 7 7 0 6 — 20

Northside 0 0 0 6 — 6

Scoring Summary

W — Gilbert Rutledge interception return (n/a kick).

W — Phonzie Gibbs 90 run (n/a kick).

W — Terrance Copper 49 run (n/a failed).

N — Brad Nixon 33 pass from Tolan Raynor (n/a failed).

2000

Northside Washington

n/a First Downs n/a

47-363 Rushes-Yards 29-99

0 Passing Yards 90

3-0-1 Pass-Comp-Int 13-6-0

3-36.7 Punting 5-22.2

6-3 Fumbles-Lost 5-3

55 Return yards 25

11-85 Penalties 5-35

Northside 16 12 0 0 — 28

Washington 0 0 0 6 — 6

Scoring Summary

N — Derrick Leathers 36 punt fake (Michael Harris run), 8:38, 1st.

N — Brad Nixon 6 run (Antonio Corprew run), 4:19, 1st.

N — Maurice Collins 55 run (n/a failed), n/a, 2nd.

N — Leathers 43 run (n/a failed), 1:22, 2nd.

W — Rufus Wilson 63 run (n/a failed), 4:16, 4th.


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