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Wolfpack has its way again with Bulldogs

Posted: September 13, 2017 - 1:15am
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Greenbrier’s Ayden Panzella tries to break free from Harlem’s Brendan Maddox during Friday’s game at Greenbrier. The Wolfpack beat the Bulldogs for the sixth consecutive time.

For the second week in a row, Greenbrier will play host to a battle of unbeaten teams at its place Friday night.

The 3-0 Wolfpack will face a 3-0 Richmond Academy team after holding off Harlem in the second half last week.

JQ Brown posted another big game and the Wolfpack made two huge defensive stands in the second half for a 34-7 victory.

"Harlem's got a good team," Greenbrier coach Tony Kramer said. "Coach (Todd) Booker does a great job with those guys, and I knew they weren't going to quit. Maybe we felt a little overconfident. Maybe the coach made a couple calls that were overconfident. But I believe in our kids. I believe in our defense and offense."

Brown recorded his third consecutive contest with 100 or more yards as the Wolfpack improved to 3-0. Brown rushed 18 times for 155 yards and three touchdowns - he now has 10 scores on the season.

Just before halftime, Brown bounced off a tackler at the line of scrimmage, scampering 17 yards for the touchdown. Greenbrier went into halftime with a 27-0 lead.

Harlem (2-1) lost its sixth consecutive contest against Greenbrier. The Bulldogs recorded 46 yards on its first two drives of the games, but the Bulldogs scratched out just two yards on their final four drives of the half.

At intermission, Har­lem's two main running backs - A.J. Brown and Cameron Garnett - had to put their stamp on the game, combining for 58 yards on 15 carries. The Bulldogs found their running game in the second half, though, with Brown finishing with 93 yards on 22 carries, while Garnett - who was helped off the field midway through the fourth quarter and not putting any pressure on his right foot - added 86 yards on 12 rushes.

After a 22-yard run by Brown earlier in the third, Garnett broke off a 42-yard touchdown run to give Harlem new life. The Bulldogs established a long drive on their next possession, moving all the way to the Greenbrier 19 as the fourth quarter began. But after three runs worth just two yards, quarterback Chase Pennington failed to connect with Brown in the end zone on fourth down.

Harlem, which plays host to Glenn Hills on Friday, threatened again later in the fourth quarter. Harlem faced first and 10 from the Greenbrier 13, but a holding penalty pushed them back. Later, Pennington rolled to his right on fourth down from the 13, throwing incomplete on the run.

Quarterback Hayden Harrison placed the exclamation point on the contest. After a 36-run by JQ Brown, Harrison darted around the right side for a 11-yard touchdown for the final score with 1:27 to go.

The Wolfpack got off to a slow start to the contest, punting on their first two possessions. Greenbrier finally got going, though, late in the first quarter. On the final play of the opening frame, Brown sliced a path up the middle for a 20-yard touchdown. He wasn't done. On the next Wolfpack drive, Brown took it around the right side for a 9-yard touchdown. Greenbrier scored on its final four drives of the first half. John Waters, who posted runs of 58 and 6 yards in the second quarter, added a 12-yard scoring run in the second quarter.

 

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