The James Kenan Tigers had only played one close game all season before Friday's battle with Union and you had to wonder what the Tigers would do if the Spartans jumped out to a lead.
The Tigers scored first early in the second quarter.
The Spartans answered right back with a bubble screen that went for nearly 50 yards for a touchdown.
The Union got the ball back inside their own 10 before Dezmond Faison would break one for 93 yards to give the Spartans a 14-7 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff Union tried an onside kick and it appeared as if the Tigers came up with it in a series of fumbles.
The officials took nearly 5 minutes to rule that Union had in fact retained possession and the Tiger bench erupted.
Coach Ken Avent was trying to plead his case with the officials at midfield when Union Coach Doug Burley walked out toward the group.
Avent became so upset his players had to keep him away from Burley who continued to point and talk in Avent's direction.
Once things calmed down the Spartans did take possession and drove down the field before missing a long range field goal.
Union led 14-7 at the half.
The second half was all Tigers as they scored 21 points to advance to the third round with a 28-14 victory.
Marcellas Sutton had 178 yards rushing and Jacquan Williams added 151 on the ground.
They will host Red Springs in the quarterfinals.
Ayden-Grifton 20 SW Onslow 41
The Stallions had no problem dispatching the Chargers with their running game on a foggy night at the Corral 41-20.
Next up for Southwest will be #3 seed Goldsboro in round 3.
Kinston 14 Tarboro 48
Quentin Roberson helped set up a Travonne Marshall touchdown to get the scoring started for Tarboro.
Radja Bobbitt also had a score for the home team.
VeQuain Joyner hit Qwari Ham for a 30 yard touchdwon strike but is wasn't enough to keep up with the purple people eaters and Tarboro wins it 48-14.
They will host Northeastern next week.
Southside 6 Plymouth 60
The Vikings cruised past the Seahawks for the second time this year with a 60-6 victory.
Next up for Plymouth is a rematch with Manteo in the quarterfinals.
Jones Senior 17 Rosewood 42
Jones Senior got a safety from Rosewood but the Eagles would fly by the Trojans 42-17.
Javon Andrews had a nice kick return and Nihkee Jones had a big hit in the losing effort.
Hoggard 17 New Bern 41
The New Bern Bears hosted Hoggard in round two and the second game looked a lot like the first one between these two squads.
Josh Taylor hit Bra Lon Cherry and Mike Hughes for touchdowns.
Taylor also had a big runs of 35 and 60 yards for scores to give him more than 400 yards of total offense onthe night as the Bears advance with a 41-17 win.
They will host New Hanover next week.
DH Conley 25 Cleveland 47
Bam Staton had a touchdown plunge and Montrell Johnson picked off a Ram pass in a losing cause for the Vikings.
They fall in the second round to Cleveland 47-25.
Jacksonville 0 Havelock 46
Pharoh Cooper had a highlight reel punt return for 80 yards in the scorebook.
In reality he ran close to 120 yards as he went from one side of the field to another to get behind his wall and once there he had enough gas to outrace everyone else to the endzone.
Derrell Scott had 3 rushing touchdowns and 1 receiving touchdown in the first half alone in a Ram blowout 46-0.
Havelock will host Washington in the quarterfinals.
North Pitt 26 Northside-JAX 41
The Monarchs used Josh Cabrera's size and skill to score one touchdown.
Then they gave Blair Adams the ball and he reached paydirt.
The Panthers would fight back and Brian Stanton would take one more than 70 yards for a score.
But Cabrera would take a punt back to the house and Northside moves on to the 3rd round with a 41-26 win.
They will host Bunn next week.
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