MAXTON — Purnell Swett was dominated by Pine Forest in a 30-0 loss Friday in both teams’ season opener.
The Rams entered the second half with a 14-point deficit that Pine Forest added to almost immediately. A direct snap went through the hands of Luke Brooks and the Trojans tackled him in the endzone for a safety.
“What I saw were some errors mentally, on the coaches’ standpoint and the players’ standpoint, so we got to clean that up,” said Purnell Swett head coach Jon Sherman.
Willis Anthony ran in a score on the following possession to put the Rams in a 23-0 hole. Anthony later added another rushing score, but this time on a lateral from his quarterback Julian Hill.
Purnell Swett allowed 14 points in the opening quarter. The first score of the game was a touchdown pass from Julian Hill to Anthony Pearson. The Rams offense wasn’t able to move the ball at all on their first possession, and the punt was returned 64-yards for a touchdown by Caleb Fuller.
The Rams offense was held in check the entire game. The Rams’ lone big play came on a 51-yard run by quarterback Lucas Oxendine. The offense was very inefficient when moving the ball through the air, but this was made worse by several drops by the receivers.
“We, offensively, have to execute to keep the ball so that we aren’t on defense a lot,” Sherman said.
Purnell Swett’s defense allowed 30 points, but all of those points came in the first and third quarters. They were able to keep Pine Forest’s offense in check for decent stretches of the game.
The Ram’s defense forced three turnovers in the second half. Quinton Brayboy caught an interception but fumbled on the return. The Trojans capitalized on Brayboy’s fumble and got the ball back right away.
Brooks added an interception as well.
Cody Parker is a sports correspondent for The Robesonian.