By the Numbers: Mustangs, Pirates lead top football performers

By Rodd Baxley - [email protected]

The final week of the regular season for high school football yielded three wins for Robeson County teams, with Lumberton, Red Springs and South Robeson emerging as the victors.

The Red Devils capped their regular season on Thursday with a 75-19 drubbing of West Columbus. On Friday night, the Mustangs earned a 38-12 win over East Columbus and the Pirates won a 35-32 thriller over Hoke.

Fairmont lost its battle for the Three Rivers Conference championship, dropping a 48-26 contest at South Columbus. St. Pauls lost its second consecutive game with a 41-20 defeat at Whiteville.


South Robeson: Yes, the Mustangs only have two wins on the season. But their second win — a 38-12 rout of East Columbus — cemented a spot in the NCHSAA playoffs. Darrius Brown led the way with one of the best two-way performances of the season, finishing with three touchdowns, including one on defense. South Robeson hasn’t had much to celebrate this season, but a win on Senior Night is always sweet.


Braylan Grice, QB, Lumberton — The Pirates’ super sophomore capped his season with five touchdowns, including three through the air and two on the ground. He logged 310 passing yards and 65 rushing yards, helping Lumberton finish the year with back-to-back wins in Southeastern Conference play.

Darrius Brown, RB, South Robeson — One of the toughest players in the county, Brown showed his versatility on Friday, rushing for a pair of touchdowns and taking a 40-yard interception to the house for the Mustangs. He rushed for 154 yards on nine carries, scoring on runs of 2 and 90 yards.


Julius Caulder, QB, Fairmont — Passed for 347 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Jordan Waters, WR, Fairmont — Led his team with five catches for 146 yards and a touchdown.

Derrick Arnette, WR, Fairmont — Had five catches for 82 yards and a touchdown.

Halijah McLean, RB, Fairmont — Rushed seven times for 118 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Tyreik McCallum, WR, Lumberton — Finished with 203 receiving yards on six receptions and a pair of touchdowns.

Brandon Norris, WR, Lumberton — Hauled in seven catches for 111 receiving yards and a score.

Justin Lockear, RB, Red Springs — Rushed for three touchdowns.

Jerome Bass, DL, Red Springs — Returned a blocked bunt by Trinidy Mack for a touchdown.

Nichorie West, DB, Red Springs — Had an interception return for a touchdown.

Dakota Oxendine, RB/WR, St. Pauls — Scored on a pair of rushing touchdowns.

Chris Graham, RB, St. Pauls — Rushed for 136 yards.

Tre King, DL, St. Pauls — Had seven tackles, including two for a loss.

By Rodd Baxley

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Rodd Baxley can be reached on Twitter @RoddBaxley.

Rodd Baxley can be reached on Twitter @RoddBaxley.

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