The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

September 23, 2013

Pittman's ground work leads Warriors

North Edgecombe 28, Weldon 8

By VAN HOLLAND
Sports Correspondent

LEGGETT — LEGGETT – North Edgecombe sophomore running back Antwoin Pittman put on a show Friday night. He rushed for 198 yards on 18 carries and scored four touchdowns. The performance was good enough to help his Warriors defeat the Weldon Chargers 28-8.

North Edgecombe (2-2) compiled 274 yards of total offense and put the game away early on. They scored on three of their first four possessions and the only possession that they didn't score on was a questionable call. Pittman crossed the goal line with the ball and it was knocked out by a Weldon defender and was ruled a fumble. It didn't matter though, because the Warriors forced a turnover four plays later when Warrior defensive back Jarius Collins intercepted a pass at the 38-yard line and returned it to the Chargers 20-yard line.

On the Warriors ensuing possession, Pittman punched it in from 5-yards out in just three plays to give the Warriors the 14-8 advantage.

"Antwoin just keeps working and working and he is going to do nothing but get better," Warriors coach Keith Parisher said. "He is still young, but he has great work ethics and has put in plenty of hard work to get to where he is at."

Pittman's longest run of the game was a 78-yard blast where he went untouched through the left side of his offensive line for his fourth TD of the game. He also had TD runs of 4 and 5-yards.

"My offensive line did a great job blocking for me and others tonight," Pittman said. "When they open the holes up for me like they did tonight it makes things go a lot easier on offense for all of our running backs."

North Edgecombe's defense on the other hand wasn't as superb in their first series as the offense had been. Weldon took the ball and pounded it right down the field. The Chargers put a 14-play drive together, which consisted of all their plays being run to the same side of the field. They also had help from the Warriors' defense, because they were called offsides twice and had a 15-yard face mask penalty, which put the Chargers in good field position. Weldon was able to punch it in from 1-yard out which knotted the score at 8-8.

Parisher and his staff made some adjustments on defense in the Chargers second series, which turned out to help the Warriors defensively because they didn't allow another score and didn't allow Weldon to advance past the 50-yard line but once more which was late in the fourth quarter. On the Chargers next to last series of the game, North Edgecombe was able to turn up the pressure on defense and forced them to fumble while facing a fourth-and-15 and the Chargers lost 41 yards on the play.

"As we continue to work on defense each week with some changes we have made then we will get better," Parisher said. "We are a work in progress at linebacker right now. I'm bringing a couple guys along slowly, especially some of the younger guys."

Trequez Johnson was instrumental for the Warriors defensively. He recovered two fumbles, which gave the Warriors good field position both times and they turned them into points.

North Edgecombe will host Kipp Pride Friday in their final non-conference game of the season.