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By Jules Sacchetti
LELAND—It was Graham Rivenbark’s night as he put on a show in front of a record crowd for homecoming night. The North Brunswick High School football team played inspired football in beating the West Bladen Knights 53-8.
Rivenbark scored a school record six touchdowns. He also leads all county players with 19 touchdowns so far this season.
North’s first scoring drive began only 45 seconds in the first quarter when Randy Clark intercepted a West Bladen pass and returned it to the Knights’ 31. That set up Rivenbark’s first touchdown with 8:34 left in the first quarter on a 5-yard run up the middle. Armondo Lopez kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead.
DeVonta Robbins blocked a punt and rambled 12 yards in setting up Rivenbark’s second score. When the middle was clogged up, Graham bounced it to the outside for the score with 5:11 left in the quarter.
Kevon Perkins returned a punt an electrifying 62 yards for another score. Robbins blocked his second punt of the night, ending the first quarter, leaving North Brunswick with a 20-0 lead.
In the second quarter, North coach Garry Bishop decided to go for it on fourth-and- and it paid off when Rivenbark took a handoff and dove for the first down. On the next play, Rivenbark scored his third touchdown, barreling in over a defender, making the score 26-0.
A bad punt by West Bladen put the Scorpions of North Brunswick in good field position again, and three plays later “Rough and Tumble” Rivenbark plunged in from the 3.
With 10 seconds left in the half, Rivenbark struck again with his fifth touchdown of the night making it 39-0 at the end of the half.
With only 45 seconds into the third quarter, Rivenbark put on a show, galloping 41 yards for his school record sixth touchdown.
West Bladen did not give up and avoiding a shutout scored on a 58 yard run. Finishing the scoring, quarterback Emil Tilman ran an option and scampered 63 yards, ending the game 53-8.