Coastal 3A News
Conley Overcomes Turnovers For Victory
September 21, 2013D H Conley High School
The D.H. Conley defense kept things close during the first half, and then Johnathan Shrock and the defense helped Conley pull away from West Craven after halftime on Friday night.
DHC shrugged off a slow start in which it committed four first-half turnovers by dominating the final two quarters for a 28-14 victory to improve to 4-1 heading into next week’s home showdown with undefeated J.H. Rose.
The Vikings fumbled the opening kickoff and ended up putting the ball on the ground six times, three of which were recovered by the visiting Eagles (3-2). But Shrock ended the game with 25 rushes for 173 yards and a touchdown and Myles Taylor added 99 rushing yards and a TD to guide DHC’s rushing attack.
Shrock, Taylor and two others — quarterback Drew Buck on a short run and Bam Staton on a 38-yard pass from Buck — scored for the Vikes, who out-rushed WC 338-44.
“The defense did it over and over again,” DHC coach Brian Paschal said. “And no turnovers in the second half. We eliminated that and were able to sustain some drives, so that was good.”
With the game tied 14-14, West Craven went three-and-out on the first possession of the second half. On fourth down, the snap to the Eagles’ punter was errant and he was brought down on his team’s 3-yard line.
Shrock scored three plays later for a 21-14 Conley edge.
DHC stretched its lead to double digits about halfway through the fourth on the 38-yard, play-action scoring pass from Buck to Staton, which came on a first-and-10 play.
West Craven went three-and-out on its first two possessions of the second half and only had four first downs after halftime.
The Eagles’ offense was clicking early and the visitors led 14-6 after a wide receiver pass for a TD early in the second period. But Conley ended the game with a 24-12 advantage in first downs.
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