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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Wolverines romp in opener
It certainly wasn’t the state championship North Stafford High School football coach Joe Mangano had in mind for his team this fall after near misses in each of the last two seasons.
But Friday’s 63–7 pasting of visiting Petersburg may have been a good start towards that end.
The Wolverines were impressive in every phase, scoring touchdowns on six of their seven first-half possessions while playing relentless defense from the outset to assure the lopsided outcome in the season opener for both teams.
Senior tailback Von Purvis accounted for four touchdowns before the break, while freshman quarterback Pat Ayala tossed for two more in his varsity début as North Stafford (1–0) rolled to the 43–0 halftime advantage and never looked back.
Purvis, who finished with 84 yards on 15 carries, rushed for three first-half scores
and added a touchdown reception of 20 yards to power a Wolverine offense that totaled 308 of its 448 yards of total offense before the break.
“I thought we played well,” Mangano said afterwards. “But our goal is to win each week. If we win every Friday night, things will work out for us. So we don’t try to put the horse before the cart.”
So far, so good.
NS-V. Purvis 6-yard run (kick failed)
NS-V. Purvis 20-yard pass from P. Ayala (J. Slye kick)
NS-J. Sarratt 13-yard pass from P. Ayala (J. Slye kick)
NS-C. Watkins 54-yard run (J. Slye kick)
NS-V. Purvis 32-yard run (J. Slye kick)
NS-V. Purvis 1-yard run (J. Slye kick)
NS-A. Hamilton 64-yard pass from P. Ayala (J. Slye kick)
NS-M. Hamilton 40-yard interception (kick failed)
NS-J. Woodard 35-yard interception (J. Slye kick)
P-J. Noggin 80-yard run (J. Dugger kick)
Rushing: North Stafford—Von Purvis 15-84, 3TD; Cedrick Watkins 2-59, TD; Denzel Opoku 13-38; Cameron Myers 1-(-1); Jaurren Edmonds 1-(-11). Petersburg—Jordan Noggin 4-97, TD; Chris Thompson 4-19; Markice Street 5-18; Resean Bolton 1-14; James Dugger 3-8; Daquan Smith 3-7; Gemonta Jackson 3-(-3); Khalid Morris 6-(-16); Levi Jones 5-(-17).
Passing: North Stafford—Pat Ayala 8-13-0 224, 3TD; Von Purvis 1-20-0 0. Petersburg—Levi Jones 5-8-0 22; Khalid Morris 3-6-2 21.
Receiving: North Stafford—Cedrick Watkins 4-120; Andre Hamilton 2-71, TD; Pat Ayala 3-5; Von Purvis 0-0, TD. Petersburg—Chris Thompson 3-12; Gemonta Jackson 2-8; Lonzie Jones 1-7; Daquan Smith 1-2.
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