Tar Heels turn back Hurricanes in title game

Second-half TDs by Coleman, Jackson, Hood cap perfect season

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

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HAMLET —It could have been worse.

Jaron Coleman was credited with two second-half touchdowns Thursday night for the Tar Heels in his team’s game against the Hurricanes, who squared off for the Hamlet Parks and Rec League championship in the 9-and-10-year-old division. Two others were called back, and yet another by Kellan Hood, in the Tar Heels’ 33-8 route of the guest Hurricanes.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Kellan Hood (1) runs for a fourth-quarter touchdown to close out the Tar Heels' win over the Hurricanes.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Kellan Hood (1) runs for a fourth-quarter touchdown to close out the Tar Heels’ win over the Hurricanes.

The Tar Heels finish the season with a perfect 7-0 record.

Lahsaad Lindsey scored for the Hurricanes in the first quarter and Jude Howard completed a pass to Tremel Jones for the two-point conversion.

The Tar Heels took a 13-8 lead early in the second quarter when Coleman took the pitch left and ran down the home team’s sideline for a score with five minutes and 47 seconds left in the six-minute quarter. The Hurricanes almost gave the ball right back when it fumbled on its first play of their next possession, but they recovered it.

On the Tar Heels’ next possession, Coleman ran right, again all the way to the end zone with 4:12 left in the second quarter. This time, though, it was called back. Sixty-eight seconds later, Coleman tried the same play and ended with the same result, a potential scoring run negated due to a flag on the field.

The Tar Heels gave up the ball on downs and went into halftime with a slim 13-8 lead.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com The Tar Heels finish the season 7-0 in the 9-10 division of the Hamlet Parks and Rec Youth Football League.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
The Tar Heels finish the season 7-0 in the 9-10 division of the Hamlet Parks and Rec Youth Football League.

The Hurricanes again tried to give the ball to the Tar Heels on their first possession of the third quarter, but they recovered their own fumble. One play later, though, the Tar Heels’ J.D. Lampley scooped it up to complete the turnover. Only 41 seconds later, Coleman took the ball into the end zone for another score and a 19-8 Tar Heel lead.

Micah Jackson opened the Tar Heels’ scoring in the fourth quarter with a touchdown scamper and a 26-8 advantage. The Hurricanes again nearly fumbled away their next possession but turned it over on downs. Still, the Tar Heels had great field position and Lampley, giving his team a 32-8 lead. On the one-point conversion run, Lampley walked into the end zone nearly untouched by a defender to round out the Tar Heels’ scoring.

Both teams gathered just beyond the end zone on the concession stand side of the field for the post-game trophy presentation to the winning team. It’s true, said Jerry Lamont, interim director for the city’s Parks and Rec Department, that only the Tar Heels received trophies. But both teams earned their spot in the title game.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

“You ought to be proud of yourselves,” he said as members of both teams took a knee to listen.

Staff writer Nick Beggs contributed to this report.
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