Cape Fear football knocks Purnell Swett from unbeaten ranks
By V. Lee Spruill III,2023-09-22
On a crisp Thursday night, high school football fans gathered to witness an exciting showdown between the Cape Fear Colts and the Purnell Swett Rams, both teams having displayed their toughness this season so far. The Colts came out on top 36-14.
The game started with a twist as the Rams (4-1, 1-1 All American) received the opening kickoff only to fumble inside their own end zone. Fortunately for them, they recovered the fumble but conceded a safety, putting the Colts (4-1, 2-0) ahead 2-0. The Colts seized momentum after a kickoff out of bounds and a remarkable reception by Wake Forest commit Jeremiah Melvin. Despite their efforts, they settled for a 35-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Francisco Rodriguez, extending their lead to 5-0.
The Rams struggled to find their offensive rhythm throughout the first half, with the Colts' defense standing tall. The Colts' next drive was a testament to their versatility, led by running back Favour Murtala, who powered his way into the end zone, increasing the lead to 12-0 in the second quarter.
Rodriguez added two more field goals from 30 and 42 yards, capping the scoring at 18-0 by halftime. The Colts' dominance and the Rams' offensive struggles set the tone for what would prove to be a challenging night for Purnell Swett.
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The second half started with both teams struggling to gain momentum, but the Colts managed to break through with another field goal by Rodriguez, extending their lead to 21-0. The Rams, however, faced another setback when the Colts' defense forced a fumble inside the 10-yard line, and Landon Sargent seized the opportunity, scooping up the loose ball and sprinting into the end zone. With a successful 2-point conversion, the score rose to 29-0.
The Colts continued their dominance as King Faison executed a remarkable drive right through the heart of the Rams' defense, culminating in another touchdown, making it 36-0.
Despite the uphill battle, the Rams displayed resilience, with quarterback Raymond Cummings connecting on a 70-yard touchdown pass, putting them on the scoreboard at 36-6. They didn't stop there and sealed the night with a short touchdown run by Tristan Dial, successfully converting for two points to conclude the game at 36-14.
Coach Thomas emphasized the need to adapt to the unique Thursday night schedule, praising the team's big plays while emphasizing the importance of improvement for their upcoming clash with the undefeated Seventy-First Falcons.
“It’s a different environment, different night and a different time,” Thomas said of playing a night early. “You have to get your mind right and win that mental battle. We made some mistakes but made plays when we needed to.”
Next week promises an exciting showdown as the Colts aim for the conference's top spot against the undefeated Falcons at Loyd Auman Field, while the Rams hit the road to face Jack Britt (2-3, 2-0).
This article originally appeared on The Fayetteville Observer: Cape Fear football knocks Purnell Swett from unbeaten ranks