Rams Rout Mustangs! 46-0
September 17, 2011Purnell Swett High School
by Brad Crawford
ROWLAND — Mark Heil called it the best six minutes of football he’s seen since Week 1.
In the opposite end zone, Garron Warwick lingered in the huddle trying to pick up the pieces.
Purnell Swett handed South Robeson its 10th consecutive loss dating back to last season Friday night, a 46-0 drubbing in Rowland that broke open during an 11-play stretch to begin the third quarter.
Juan Jones scored three touchdowns, including a 65-yard reception and a 41-yard punt return in the first four minutes of the second half, helping Swett cruise in a much-needed breather before the Rams open Southeastern Conference play against Scotland on Sept. 30.
“This gives us motivation to get back and get ready for Scotland,” Jones said. “Everybody is doubting us right now but we want to prove everybody wrong. We don’t have anything to lose so we just want to go out and play Scotland hard.”
Senior tailback Travon Clark — Robeson County’s reigning Offensive Player of the Year — rushed for a season-high three scores on 13 carries to lead an offense that totaled 382 yards. Quarterback Chase Armstrong and the Rams (3-2) bounced back from consecutive disappointments against non-conference opponents on both sides of the ball.
After throwing four interceptions the last two games, Armstrong completed 9-of-16 passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns. His 11-yard strike to a wide-open Jordan Brooks gave Swett a 28-0 lead in the second quarter.
“I felt like we played with some tempo, and hopefully we can keep this up and start to enjoy playing football,” Heil said. “I think we’ve put too much pressure on ourselves and we need to have some fun. We want to win, but sometimes you try too hard and the fun goes away.”
Warwick wasn’t pleased with his team’s tackling, but noted the Rams’ skill players and their ability to make defenders miss. The Mustangs (0-4) only first down of the game came with 2:18 to play in the second quarter after a Swett defensive back was whistled for a personal foul. South Robeson had 12 possessions in the game and nine ended in a three-and-out.
“We couldn’t get much going on offense or defense,” Warwick said. “We had a few lapses (on defense) and maybe that’s my fault, but a good team like Purnell Swett does that to you.”
Thrust into the starting quarterback role this week, South Robeson freshman Jordan Swett struggled against constant pressure from the Rams, completing 5-of-19 passes with three interceptions. Heil blitzed nearly every play with a revised secondary, a mid-week game plan he wanted to try after Swett was gorged for 356 yards through the air against New Hanover.
Top wideout Tyrell McDonald spent most of the game at free safety while starting slot receiver Sikia Artis made a permanent switch to cornerback. Telvin Clark, Swett’s usual strong safety, played linebacker.
“We’ve got to give different looks to improve our defense,” Heil said. “Getting faster people off the edge is what we’ve got to do. We found that out against New Hanover.”
Warwick said Swett will be under center the next four weeks while his brother and starting quarterback — Jeremiah Swett — recovers from a dislocated collarbone.
“We’re confident that Jordan can get the job done,” Warwick said. “He rushed a few throws tonight but you can chalk that up to inexperience. He’s only a freshman. It’s tought to get your first varsity start against one of the county’s biggest schools.”
Staff writer Brad Crawford can be reached at (910) 272-6119 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Swett 46, South Robeson 0
PS 21 7 18 0 — 46
SR 0 0 0 0 — 0
PS — Travon Clark 7 run (Nakota Locklear kick)
PS — Juan Jones 40 pass from Chase Armstrong (Locklear kick)
PS — Clark 3 run (Locklear kick)
PS — Jordan Brooks 11 pass from Armstrong (Locklear kick)
PS — Jones 41 punt return (kick failed)
PS — Jones 65 pass from Armstrong (kick failed)
PS — Clark 5 run (kick failed)
RUSHING: PS — Clark 13-54, Hunt 5-53, Armstrong 3-8, Jones 2-34, Sampson 7-35. SR — Baker 8-13, Grissett 2-4.
PASSING: PS — Armstrong 9-16-0-198. SR — Jo. Swett 5-19-3-17.
RECEIVING: PS — Jones 2-105, McDonald 2-24, Hunt 2-35, Brooks 2-23. SR — Baker 2-9, McIntyre 3-9.
RECORDS: Purnell Swett 3-2. South Robeson 0-5.