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By Shannon Leslie
BOILING SPRING LAKES—In a rematch from the BB&T Football Jamboree, the South Brunswick Cougars played host to a Laney Buccaneers’ team, led by Tariq Lane, who had shut out South 13-0 in the scrimmage in August.
This time around, South managed to avoid the shutout in the fourth quarter, when Damani Johnson burst past the Buccaneers’ defense on a 39-yard touchdown run. The run allowed Johnson to surpass the 100-yard mark, leading all rushers with 106 yards on 16 carries. It was one of the only bright spots on the night for the Cougars, as they lost to Laney, 42-7.
The Cougars’ defense held strong in the first quarter, allowing Laney to reach the end zone only once on a quarterback keeper by Lane, but in a 6-minute stretch in the second quarter Laney exploded for 21 points.
Lane, a sophomore, dominated the Cougars as he reached the end zone one more time and connected with David Miller for two touchdown passes, one for 10 yards and another for 34 yards. Lane also connected with Kelly Jared for a 10-yard touchdown pass. Lane finished with 225 total yards and five touchdowns. His 225 yards were 3 more yards than the entire Cougars offense.
The Buccaneers controlled both sides of the football throughout the game, but South did not allow a 100-yard rusher. South struggled gaining momentum offensively, which kept its defense on the field, and that paved the way for quick Buccaneer touchdowns against the tired defenders.
With the loss, South Brunswick falls to 1-2. It will play its third straight Class 4A opponent on Friday when it travels to Durham to face the Southern Durham Spartans. The Spartans are 0-3 and they have been outscored 142-58 against three 4A opponents. This will be the last non-conference showdown for the Cougars.