BY JOHN H. WALKER
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
LEGGETT — It didn't take long to see that Rocky Mount's game plan was, to say the least, untraditional, as the Jaguars (1-6, 0-1) looked for a way to knock off North Edgecombe (4-2, 1-0) in the Two Rivers Conference opener for both teams here Friday night.
After opening the game with an onsides kick, Prep was hammered on a seven-play, 51-yar short field drive that featured six runs and a great reception when a NE receiver fought off a defender, batted the ball in the air, then came down with it for a 34-yard gain to the Prep 7.
Three plays later, (3) crashed over the goal off left guards to give North a 6-0 lead with 8:41 left in the opening quarter.
But while the Warriors looked unstoppable on offense, so did the Jaguars, as Prep put together 52-yard, seven-play drive to the North 14, taking advantage of arm tackling and missed tackles to reach the red zone with a first down.
And that's where the Warriors got more than a little bit of luck as wide-open Prep receivers dropped back-to-back passes — the first in the end zone and the other on a crossing pattern.
Prep took themselves out of scoring position after that, as a high snap in shotgun formation resulted in an eight-yard loss and a fourth-down fumblerooskie lost three more.
North Edgecombe started what turned out to be a 13-play, 75-yard drive after getting the ball on downs, capping it with a seven-yard run by Antwoin Pittman with 8:27 left in the half.
The Warriors defense set up the next score with an interception and 17-yard return put them on the Rocky Mount nine.
The Warriors had 275 yards rusing and 86 yards passing. Pittman had 127 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries and Conyers was 2-2 passing for 86 yards and a touchdown.
North Edgecombe is on the road Friday at Williamston Riverside.