Byrd Thumps Vikings in Football
Douglas Byrd captured the Cape Fear Valley Conference regular-season title Friday in Fayetteville, with a dominating 52-0 victory over visiting Union Pines.
The Eagles (11-0, 6-0 CFVC) scored touchdowns on their first five possessions in building a substantial 35-0 lead with 5:02 left in the first half of the senior night football game at Bob Paroli Stadium.
Junior quarterback Breon Davis and senior running back Lorenzo Pooler combined to set the pace for the fast-striking Eagle offense.
With 7:04 left to play in the opening period, Pooler scampered 43 yards to pay dirt on his second carry of the game, scoring the first of three first-quarter touchdowns for the home team.
Davis had a hand in the next two scoring plays for the Eagles, with touchdown tosses of 34 and 36 yards. Pooler next provided a bookend, with a rushing score on a 60-yard trap play.
Place kicker Siar Zaragoza followed by converting one of his six extra points on the night, bringing the score to 28-0 in favor of Byrd.
Then with 5:07 left in the half, Davis and Pooler joined forces on a 17-yard pass play that was the third touchdown for both players and fifth overall for the Eagles in the half.
After punting on their only scoreless drive of the frame, Zaragoza connected from 31 yards out for a field goal as time expired, giving the home team a 38-0 halftime edge.
In contrast, Union Pines punted four times, lost three fumbles and turned the ball over once on downs in its seven first-half possessions.
The Eagles amassed 125 yards on the ground and 112 yards through the air in a dazzling offensive display in the first two quarters.
Pooler touched the ball four times in the half for Douglas Byrd, totaling 125 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns, while Davis finished the night seven-of-12 passing for 163 yards, including three touchdown throws.
The Vikings managed seven first downs through the first two quarters and had 23 rushing attempts for 18 of its 86 first-half yards.
One Eagle player that helped constantly halt Viking drives, was 6-foot-3, 260-pound defensive end Chris Jones.
The senior captain tallied 11 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles for Byrd, demonstrating why he is among the top college recruits at his position in the state.
The final two quarters were played under a running clock, as Eagle head coach Russell Stone was quick to clear his bench when action resumed in the third quarter.
For Union Pines (2-9, 0-6), the result marked its 13th consecutive conference loss. The Vikings finished the season with a seven-game losing streak.
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