Northwood quarterback Jerrick Peterson stole the spotlight from heralded Green Oaks quarterback Tre’Davious White Friday night at Jerry Burton Field as the Falcons flew past the Giants 55-37 in a non-district game.
The Falcons (3-0), leading by 35-7 at halftime and 55-13 after three quarters, kept White in check until coach Jim Gatlin emptied his bench in the fourth quarter.
White, a commitment to LSU, was held to just 35 yards rushing while he completed 11 passes for 160 yards late.
Peterson passed for five touchdowns when it counted, completing 11 of 17 throws for 156 yards. He also rushed for 56 yards.
“When you have No. 10 (Tre’Davious White) back there, you know they (Green Oaks) can score in a hurry,” Gatlin said. “But our defense was able to contain him and keep in the pocket for the most part. It helped for us to get a big lead. Of course, the kickoff return helped too.”
Gatlin was referring the opening kickoff when Kennie Dixon caught the ball at his 10-yard line and raced through the Giants defenders for a 90-yard touchdown. That would be one of two kickoff returns for touchdowns as teammate Raysean Brooks brought one back 77 yards to close the scoring in the third quarter.
“I told our kids at halftime we are going to come back and battle,” Green Oaks coach Spencer Heard said. “They (Falcons) are going to have some success this year. But our want our kids to get better every day. That’s our goal.”
White finally got things going late in the third quarter and the fourth period. He found Ralphielle Johnson for a 28-yard slant in the end zone and also scored on a 6-yard keeper himself. In between, Johnson scored on an 18-yard run and a 21-yard reception from White.
Trey Walker was also a huge help to the Falcons. Walker was the game’s leading rusher with 93 yards on 13 carries, including a 35-yard run. Walker also had TD receptions of 35 and 5 yards from Peterson.
“He (Walker) has a lot of toughness to him,” Gatlin said. “He’s one of our better ones.”
Northwood got a break in the second quarter when an alert Aaron Varelas dove for a tipped pass in the end zone. Varelas came up with it with his hands outstretched across the turf for a 11-yard TD catch. Varelas also scored on an 11-yard run.
The Giants (1-2) made the score look better in the fourth quarter with the running and throwing of White and the running and catching of Johnson. White was his team’s top rusher with 69 yards on 10 carries.