Lightning forces Rose to make return trip to Wilson on Monday; Rampants lead 14-6

Grant Charles Jarman scrambles for a first down on Rose's first possession. (252Buzz photo by Mike Grizzard)

By Mike Grizzard

WILSON -- J.H. Rose's challenge next week just got a bit tougher.

Lightning caused the postponement of Friday night's varsity football game at Wilson Hunt after one quarter, forcing the Rampants to return to Warrior Stadium on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in its bid to start 3-0. Rose then will have a short week to prepare for a home game against powerful Havelock on Friday.

Offense ruled the opening 12 minutes on a muggy Friday before lightning prompted officials to remove the teams from the field at 7:31 p.m. As lightning persisted, the stadium was cleared, and the decision to postpone the game was made about 9:15.

Rose scored on each of its two possessions, with 18-yard touchdown passes from Grant Charles Jarman capping a pair of 11-play drives. Jarman completed 5 of 9 passes for 61 yards but had three passes dropped.

Five Rose running backs combined for 75 yards rushing on 12 carries, led by junior Shaquan Perry (3 carries, 28 yards) and senior Grant Humphreys (4 carries, 24 yards).

Jake Henry Rogers leaps to snare an 18-yard touchdown pass from Grant Charles Jarman. (252Buzz photo by Mike Grizzard)

Rose converted two fourth downs on its first drive. Hunt's defense jumped offside with the Rampants facing a fourth-and-1 at the 27, then Jarman zipped an 18-yard strike to Jake Henry Rogers on a fourth-and-6 play. Rogers had three catches on the opening drive for 35 yards.

Hunt (2-0) answered with a 12-play, 60-yard drive, converting a fourth-and-2 from the 3 and scoring on a 1-yard sneak by senior quarterback Nathan Lemons, but missed the point-after kick. Lemons completed both of his pass attempts for 23 yards. Junior running back Tiquez Taylor picked up 26 yards on seven carries.

Perry and Humphreys each ripped off 16-yard runs to help Rose march 64 yards and extend it lead to 14-6. Jarman converted a third-and-9 play from the Hunt 36 with a 13-yard pass to senior receiver Ben Harris.

The Rampants overcame an intentional grounding call that backed them up to the 24 after a first-and-goal from the 7, scoring when Jarman found senior Zane Noles open in then middle of the Warriors' defense on fourth down from the 18.

The first flash of lightning after Wesley Shade's kickoff on the final play of the first quarter sent both teams to the locker room and postponed the game.

The Rampants' defense looks on intently at a measurement for a Hunt first down near the goal line. (252Buzz photo by Mike Grizzard)

Mike Grizzard of Winterville has more than 30 years of experience as a writer for both print and digital publications in the areas of sports, business, news, faith and personal profiles. Contact Mike at 252-916-4206.