Brice Bizzell had over 100 yards rushing and two TD's in the Rampants' victory over Southern Wayne. (252Buzz file photo by Bill Hudson)
By Mike Grizzard
DUDLEY -- J.H. Rose blocked out all distractions on Wednesday night against Southern Wayne. Now it can turn its full focus to rivalry week.
With Tropical Storm Michael and a showdown with D.H. Conley bearing down, the Rampants took care of the job at hand in blowing past Southern Wayne 55-0 in an Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference game pushed up two days due to the threat of significant rain and wind throughout Thursday and into early Friday.
Rose (5-2, 2-1 ECC) piled up nearly 400 yards on the ground, getting rushing touchdowns from five different players as it won its second straight conference game and tuned up for next week’s home game against rival D.H. Conley. The Vikings (5-2, 3-0) also played Wednesday, rolling past New Bern 47-14 for their fifth straight win.
Senior Grant Humphreys spearheaded Rose’s season-high output on the ground by racking up a career-best 252 yards on just nine carries, scoring on runs of 15 and 67 yards. Six of Humphreys’ carries covered at least 20 yards.
Senior Brice Bizzell added 115 yards on 10 carries and also scored a pair of touchdowns. Senior quarterback Grant Charles Jarman ran for a 15-yard score, and his brother, sophomore Wade Jarman, threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Wesley Shade and scored on a 25-yard jaunt on the game’s final play.
Senior backup quarterback Bryson Brown, filling in late despite an injured thumb, added a 3-yard touchdown run.
Rose delivered a knockout of the Saints (1-6, 0-3) in a first half stalled by penalties and an apparent neck injury to Southern Wayne quarterback Demetric Wright, who was transported by EMS to a local hospital. The athletic 5-11, 170-pound junior directed two first-quarter drives before being injured, but the Saints could not capitalize.
A holding penalty on Southern Wayne’s first possession wiped out a 21-yard pass to the Rose 39 on fourth down. Wright exited with 42 seconds left in the first quarter after being forced out of bounds on quarterback keeper. Tashawn Philips took over and completed a 27-yard pass to the Rose 20, but the Saints came up short on fourth-and-2 from the 12.
The Rampants wasted a 60-yard return by Silas James on the opening kickoff and a 34-yard run by Humphreys, turning the ball over on downs after a holding penalty, but scored on six straight possessions for a 42-0 lead at half, putting the running clock into effect. Rose also found the end zone on both of its second-half possessions.
Bizzell’s 5-yard run gave Rose a 7-0 lead, capping a drive that featured a 22-yard run by Humphreys and 14-yard pass from Grant Charles Jarman to senior Ben Harris. Humphreys boosted the lead to 14-0, scoring from 15 yards just four plays after Rose stuffed the Saints on fourth down at Rampants’ 38.
Rose needed just two plays to score on its next possession with Humphreys ripping of runs of 18 and 67 yards.
Wade Jarman’s first touchdown pass as a varsity player put the Rampants up 28-0 with 5:32 left in the half, then Grant Charles Jarman scored on a 15-yard keeper for a 35-0 lead. Matthew Carlton’s interception set up a 13-yard run by Bizzell on an option pitch for a 42-0 lead.
With a running clock, Rose got just two possessions in the second half but scored on both. Brown capped a nine-play drive with a 2-yard run on the final play of the third period. Wade Jarman then tacked on his first rushing touchdown by weaving through traffic for 25 yards on the game’s final play.
The JH Rose Rampants had their first shutout since 2014 in their Wednesday night win at Southern Wayne. (252Buzz file photo by Bill Hudson)
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.