The high school football season started Friday night in northeastern North Carolina with a trio of area teams pulling out wins.
Camden topped Pasquotank in a high-scoring contest, while Northeastern shutout Southern Vance and Edenton went on the road and rallied for the victory at West Craven.
Perquimans lost at home to South Creek and Currituck, fearing the threat of rain, postponed its home game against Manteo until Monday at 7 p.m.
Camden 40, Pasquotank 30
CAMDEN — Jamar Cowell scored five touchdowns as the Bruins held off a pesky Panthers team in a successful coaching debut for Chris McGee.
Cowell opened the scoring with a five-yard run to finish off a seven play, 71-yard drive.
The Panthers responded with a David Henne four-yard pass to Jordan Ownley to make the score 7-6 after Henne’s extra point attempt sailed wide.
The Bruins scored on touchdown passes from Noah Tuttle to each of his running backs to start and end the second quarter.
Tuttle found Cowell in the left flat and the All-Area standout scampering 51 yards for a score with 13 seconds gone in the second quarter. Then, with 0.3 seconds left in the quarter, Tuttle found Joyner over the middle for a 27-yard pass and score. In between, Panthers sophomore Marcus Cowell scored on a 32-yard run.
Each team scored a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter, with Jamar Cowell scoring on runs of 31 and 56 yards for Camden, and Henne connecting twice with sophomore Michael Cowell on scores of 80 and 71 yards.
The second of Henne’s throws to Michael Cowell cut Camden’s lead to 33-24. And after he threw to Jared Williams for another score about five minutes into the fourth quarter, the Panthers were within three and just needing a stop.
They didn’t get it.
The Bruins went back to Joyner and Jamar Cowell, taking 4:40 off the clock before Cowell finished off the scoring on a six-yard run.
Edenton 29, West Craven 21
VANCEBORO — Cordareous Pierce scored the third of his three touchdowns on a 37-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-2 play with 7:53 left in the fourth quarter and the Aces converted the 2-point attempt to break the deadlock, holding on for a come-from-behind win at West Craven.
Pierce also scored on a 10-yard run with 3:29 in the third quarter after the Aces convered a fourth-and-4 play with a 23-yard Tyheim Privott run to keep a drive going. Pierce also scored on a five-yard run in the first half, with the extra point failing after a bad snap.
Trey’l Beasley scored on a 73-yard run to cut, which after the 2-point conversion cut the West Craven lead to 21-14 at the half after the Aces had trailed 14-0 after the opening quarter.
Northeastern 40, Southern Vance 0
Ge’Dari Liverman did any and everything Friday night as the Eagles cruised in their season opener at home.
The preseason All-State senior began the scoring with a 41-yard punt return for a touchdown and later threw two touchdown passes, both to Tyleik Overton.
Liverman also booted two punts and a kickoff, had rushing carries while at quarterback, caught a pass and ran in a two-point conversion.
Ahead 18-0 at halftime, a 22-point third quarter sealed the deal.
The Northeastern defense held Southern Vance to just 17 yards of offense in the first half.
Jamel Foster and Clarence Jones had rushing scores while starting quarterback Devonte Rountree threw a 19-yard TD strike to Tivis Vaughan.
In the teams’ last two meetings, the Eagles have outscored the Raiders 83-0.
South Creek 35, Perquimans 13
HERTFORD — Visiting South Creek piled up 376 yards rushing and bolted to a 21-0 lead before the Pirates made a game of it for a brief time in the second half of the season opener for both teams Friday.
Perquimans closed to 28-13 early in the fourth quarter behind the passing of Nate Gardner, who hit on 7 of 11 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns after going 0-for-7 in the first half.
Raheim Kee caught six passes for 123 yards and a TD.