It might have been a little too-close-for-comfort in the first half, but in the end, Veterans did what it needed to do to pull away from Bleckley County Friday on the road.
The Warhawks scored first on a LeBron Fields touchdown – he had two and 95 yards rushing – to get things started in the first quarter.
The Royals, aided by a turnover, answered with a pass from Dominic Sasser to Marcus Brown to tie it.
Fields’ 17-yard score put Veterans back out front before Treg Corner connected on a field goal to make it 14-10. That’s where it stood at the half.
The Warhawks in turn shut their host out in the second while adding a pair of touchdowns.
Julian Barnes also had 107 yards rushing and quarterback Blake Ethridge was six-for-10 passing for 92 yards and two touchdowns.
All told, Veterans compiled 361 total yards to Bleckley’s 234. It also improved to 2-0 while the Royals dropped to 1-1.
Northeast made it interesting, but it was pretty much all-Perry in a 36-20 win Friday at home.
Most of the evidence for that came in the first half. The Panthers held the Raiders to minus 10 rushing and 28 total yards. They on the other hand put up 148 yards on the ground and 174 total while lighting up the scoreboard for 29 points.
Perry’s first points came on a safety. That was followed up – on its third possession – by a long drive and a short run and score by Tyrell Owens.
Makeil Kendrick also had a couple of scores before the horn sounded and the Panthers appeared ready to entertain the thoughts of a running clock in the second half.
Those plans – not that those were the plans – were stalled with two quick scores by Northeast in the third quarter. It also added one in the fourth – Perry also added one in the third – and lined up for an onsides kick trying to draw even closer. It was unsuccessful. The Panthers took possession and went on to put their first win of the season in the books – with one loss – while dropping the Raiders to 0-2.