By the numbers: St. Pauls, Fairmont lead week’s top football performers


By Jonathan Bym - [email protected]



Rodd Baxley | The Robesonian St. Pauls running back Chris Graham shakes off a tackle. Graham and quarterback Noah Wheeler led the Bulldogs’ offense in the rebound win over West Columbus.


Two Robeson County teams remain in the battle for the Three Rivers Conference crown courtesy of blowout wins from Fairmont and St. Pauls on Friday night.

With Fairmont’s win over East Columbus and St. Pauls’ victory over West Columbus, the two join Whiteville and South Columbus in a four-team race for the conference title. The race intensifies for the final two weeks with all four teams on a collision course playing each other.

In other Three Rivers games this past Friday, Red Springs fell short against South Columbus and Whiteville ran past South Robeson.

This week, Lumberton and Purnell Swett meet and one team will come away with their first Southeastern Conference win of the season. A late kickoff return from Hoke shocked the Rams as they attempted to win their first conference game and Scotland ran over Lumberton on Friday.

TEAM OF THE WEEK

St. Pauls: In a rebound performance following its first conference loss of the season, the Bulldogs downed West Columbus 44-0 with lockdown defense and its offense clicking on all cylinders.

Noah Wheeler had a part in a touchdown in each quarter in the win and made West Columbus pay from the pocket and out in the open field with his legs. After allowing 35 points to South Columbus last week, St. Pauls’ defense tightened up to hold the Vikings scoreless and under 100 yards of total offense. The secondary picked off West Columbus three times in the game.

EYE-POPPING PERFORMANCES

Noah Wheeler, QB, St. Pauls: The junior quarterback threw for three touchdowns and accounted for two more rushing in the Bulldogs’ win at West Columbus. With his athleticism that he brings to the quarterback position from being a wide receiver in the past, he has made opponents pay in the read option with Chris Graham giving St. Pauls two legitimate running threats. He accounted for 317 of the 418 yards of total offense for the Bulldogs on Friday.

Halijah McLean, RB, Fairmont: McLean racked up one of his better games of his senior season with 126 yards of total offense in the win against East Columbus. For the fifth time this season he had a multi-touchdown game with his two rushing touchdowns in the 58-0 win.

OTHER TOP PERFORMERS

Julius Caulder, QB, Fairmont: Accounted for five touchdowns and 266 yards of total offense.

Jordan Burch, WR, Fairmont: Hauled in four grabs for 61 yards and a touchdown.

Eric Graham, RB, Red Springs: Rushed for two scores and 88 yards.

Toddrick Lockhart, QB, Red Springs: Passed for 298 yards.

Michael Govan, WR, Red Springs: Had a team-high 10 catches for 144 yards.

Chris Graham, RB, St. Pauls: Had one rushing touchdown and 93 yards on the ground.

Caleb Inman, WR, St. Pauls: Catch five passes for 108 yards and a score.

Zondre Graham, DB, St. Pauls: Intercepted two passes.

Jessup Oxendine, DB, Purnell Swett: Had a 96-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Rodd Baxley | The Robesonian St. Pauls running back Chris Graham shakes off a tackle. Graham and quarterback Noah Wheeler led the Bulldogs’ offense in the rebound win over West Columbus.
http://robesonian.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_Graham_cmyk-1.jpgRodd Baxley | The Robesonian St. Pauls running back Chris Graham shakes off a tackle. Graham and quarterback Noah Wheeler led the Bulldogs’ offense in the rebound win over West Columbus.

By Jonathan Bym

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Contact Jonathan Bym on Twitter @Jonathan_Bym.

Contact Jonathan Bym on Twitter @Jonathan_Bym.

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