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September 2, 2013WARSAW - It was not the usual cold late October night, but a hot and sticky late August kickoff for this annual rivalry game between 1A powerhouses James Kenan (2-0) and Wallace-Rose Hill (1-1) football teams. Despite the timing of the game these two teams played in a defensive thriller, with James Kenan pulling out the one point victory 19-18.
James Kenan struck first with a one yard touchdown run by QB Dominique Barnes near the end of the first quarter. Wallace-Rose Hill used a great defensive surge to block the PAT, 6-0. Half way through the second quarter Kenan's QB Barnes then found Antonio Smith for an important 27 yard touchdown pass as the PAT on this touchdown will be only make of the game for either team, 13-0.
Wallace-Rose Hill's offense and defense would wake-up after the second James Kenan touchdown with Sophomore Keyshawn Canady putting Wallace-Rose Hill on the board with a 24 yard rushing touchdown, PAT blocked, 13-6. During the next James Kenan offensive series, Johnnie Glaspie intercepts a Barnes pass, which sets up Sophomore Alex Lisane to then scores a 41 yard rushing touchdown, 2-point conversion fails, leaving Wallace-Rose Hill trailing 13-12 at the half.
Wallace Rose Hill comes out of the half and drives down the field allowing Canady to rush 23 yards for his second touchdown and Wallace-Rose Hill's first lead of the game, 2-point conversion fails, 13-18. That lead would last just 13 seconds as JaQuan Williams takes the kickoff 90 yards to the house for the final score of the game, 2-point conversion failed, 19-18.
Both Wallace-Rose Hill and James Kenan would threaten to score in the fourth quarter but a combination of good defense, Kenan ball control and penalties would deny any more scores. Kenan's Marcelias Sutton did not have the greatest offensive game with 13 carries for 40 and no touchdowns on the night, but he was pivotal on the defensive side with six big solo tackles.
Last year both these teams battled to a one point game in which James Kenan also won, 21-20. That battle was held on the last week of the regular season for the Tri-County Conference title and final playoff positions on the line. This year the conditions for the game were very different, no conference title on the line, non-conference game, this lost could be dropped by either team going into the playoffs. Despite all that the intensity was there on both sides and it felt a lot like playoff football.
James Kenan: 6-7-6-0-19
JK: Barnes 1-yard run, PAT Blocked
JK: Barnes 27-yard pass from Smith, PAT Good
WRH: Canady 24-yard run, PAT Blocked
WRH: Lisane 41-yard run, 2-pt Conv Failed
WRH: Canady 23-yard run, 2-pt Conv Failed
JK: Williams Kickoff return 90 yards, 2-pt Conv Failed
Next Week Games: (09/06/2013)
James Kenan (2-0) @ Union (0-1)
East Duplin (1-1) @ Wallace-Rose Hill (1-1)
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