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August 29, 2012By Cavalier Dave Forrester of Hugh M Cummings High School
And then they all pull away
E. Alamance jets past Cummings
MEBANE — Eastern Alamance turned what was a tied game at halftime into a second-half rout against Cummings High School with a 47-35 victory in non-conference football action Friday night.
Tied at 21-21 after a half, the Eagles (2-0) went 68 yards in six plays to open the second half. Senior running back Josh Jurgevich capped the drive with a 26-yard touchdown sprint.
“I really got onto the (offensive) line and the receivers (at halftime) and then came out and blocked a little better,” said Jurgevich, who carried 16 times for 180 yards and two touchdowns. “I really think they did a good job. Without them, I wouldn’t have had so many yards.”
Eastern Alamance scored the first 26 points of the second half. After Jurgevich’s touchdown, senior quarterback Josh Long delivered a pair of touchdown passes to Malik Wilson from 15 and 31 yards in the third quarter.
Long was 8-for-19 before throwing touchdown passes on three straight passes between the third and fourth quarters.
Senior J.T. Kirby was on the receiving end of another touchdown pass by Long on the first play of the fourth quarter, providing breathing room for the Eagles.
“We had all the momentum in the world, and they battled back,” Eastern Alamance coach John Kirby said. “When it’s 21-21 at halftime. … We told our guys, we knew we were going to be in a dogfight. The hope was that we were going to be in better condition than they were in the second half.”
The Eagles’ defensive line put consistent pressure on Cummings senior quarterback Keith McAdoo, who was 26 of 49 for 356 yards and four touchdowns.
But he was sacked four times and never had much time to set his feet under fire from Ali Lamot, Thomas Sykes, Tyler Green and Eric Deacon.
“I thought they did an outstanding job of rushing, but also containing the run as well. I’m glad those four are on our team,” Coach Kirby said.
Eastern Alamance started the game with a touchdown by Aaron Clay after forcing Cummings to punt on the first possession of the game. Then Jalen Riley blocked a punt on the Cavaliers’ next possession, setting up the Eagles at Cummings’ 8-yard line. Jurgevich scored two plays later for a 14-0 jumpstart.
But Cummings battled back, scoring on a 32-yard pass from McAdoo to Mosi Williams and a 9-yard touchdown run by Tevin Smith.
“The thing I was proud of my kids was that they didn’t quit, they just kept coming,” Cummings coach Steve Johnson said. “We got down 14-0 early in the first quarter, came back. They came out and got the momentum going and we couldn’t stop them.
Smith starred for the Cavaliers, carrying 13 times for 106 yards and catching five passes for 147 yards and four total touchdowns. Williams racked up 10 catches for 116 yards.
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Eastern Alamance’s Ryan Woods, front, and Cummings’ Quae Pinnix battle for the ball on a pass play Friday night. For a photo gallery from the game, visit www.TheTimesNews.com
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Eastern Alamance’s Eric Deacon and Cummings’ Oscar Arechiga scramble for a loose ball after Eastern Alamance blocked a punt during Friday night’s game