Vikings Shut Out at Douglas Byrd
The Douglas Byrd Eagles put on an imposing display of team football in Fayetteville Friday, defeating Union Pines 61-0 in a Cape Fear Valley Conference contest and all but extinguishing the Vikings' postseason prospects in the process.
Led by quarterback Junior Williams, the Eagles scored early and often as they jumped out to a 28-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Williams finished the game with three touchdowns to his credit. He had 90 rushing yards on six carries, including a 43-yard score on the ground, and threw for two touchdowns while completing 4 of 5 passes for 45 yards.
Byrd's offensive onslaught started on its first play from scrimmage. After Union Pines fumbled the opening kickoff, the Eagles took over at the Viking 25-yard line and Williams promptly connected with Rashaad Short, his 6-10, 280-pound tight end, for six points on the first pass of the evening.
By the conclusion of the first quarter, the Eagles had used rushing scores of 43, 21 and 55 yards to build a hefty 28-0 lead. They soon tacked on two more rushing touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 41-0 advantage at the half.
Douglas Byrd scored on its first seven possessions of the night and on all but one of its 10 possessions in the game. Eight different Eagles found paydirt on a night that saw Byrd rush for 214 yards in the first half and finish with 346 total yards on the ground on 27 carries.
While the Eagles' offense dazzled, their defense simply dominated the first two periods of play, forcing the Vikes to turn the ball over four times in the opening half. Byrd held Union Pines to just 2 yards on the ground on 19 first-half attempts.
Union Pines' sole offensive highlight of the first half came on its fourth possession of the game when junior quarterback Taylor O'Neil completed a 50-yard pass to senior Zach Rodriguez.
O'Neil, who had been sidelined with a hand injury for the past three weeks, saw his first action in 10 quarters on Friday. He finished the night 4 of 12 passing for 67 yards and three interceptions.
Union Pines finished the game with 111 yards on 32 plays from scrimmage, while Douglas Byrd totaled 409 yards of offense.
The Eagles, who were 4A state runner-ups after winning the East Region last season, improved to 7-4 and 4-2 in league play with the win.
Gray's Creek clinched the Cape Fear Valley Conference championship Friday with a 44-0 win against Overhills to finish 9-2 overall and 6-0 in league play. Westover (9-2, 5-1) claimed second place, while Douglas Byrd (7-4, 4-2) finished in the third spot. The remainder of the final league standings are as follows: Western Harnett (4-7, 3-3); Overhills (2-9, 2-4); Union Pines (4-7, 1-5); Southern Lee (0-11, 0-6.)
According to head coach Ryan Riggan, the Union Pines football program will hold its annual awards banquet in approximately two weeks. Check back for a complete season recap, including individual stat leaders and the announcement of player awards and conference honors.
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