North Buncombe’s quick-strike offense set the tone Friday at Ensley Stadium.
The only question was whether the defense could keep up.
Both sides of the ball worked in perfect conjunction for the Black Hawks who spoiled homecoming at Roberson, 32-14.
Bryce Myers had 134 yards of offense (72 receiving, 62 rushing) and three touchdowns, all of which the senior scored in the first quarter. Chase Parker passed for 230 yards (123 of which went to fellow junior Ricky Thrash) and one touchdown.
“Roberson is a good team. And any time you come out of here with a win in a tough environment, it’s a big deal,” North Buncombe coach Curtis Cagle said.
“I’m so proud of our kids. The offense made plays and defense is just awesome right now.”
The Black Hawks (7-1, 3-0) have won seven games for only the third time since 2000 and the first time in six years. They jumped out to a 22-0 lead after the first quarter Friday and were ahead, 25-0, at halftime.
Myers ran for a pair of short touchdowns (2 and 3 yards), but also did the majority of the work on a 68-yard touchdown pass from Parker at the 6:34 mark of the opening quarter.
Tommy Apostolopoulos’ sixth field goal of the season was from 28 yards with just 26.9 seconds to go in the second quarter.
Parker had 192 yards by halftime and Thrash was at 102.
As for the Rams (4-3, 1-1), they ran eight plays before one of them resulted in positive yardage.
Mikhail Simonovich tackled a Roberson ballcarrier for a safety with 6:52 to go in the first quarter and Logan Anderson had an early interception.
North Buncombe kept pulling away in the second half. J.T. Bateman’s interception set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Simonovich just 59 seconds into the third quarter.
The Rams finally got on the board when Kameron Gilliand capped off a 28-yard hook and lateral play at the 1:08 mark of the third. Chris Barnwell rushed for a 4-yard score in the game’s final five minutes.
Darrion Payne completed 21 of his 36 passes for 291 yards. Denzel Summey made three receptions for 128 yards.
“We got behind the eight-ball pretty quick tonight,” Roberson coach Chris Deal said. “We had some opportunities, we just didn’t take advantage. But the kids kept fighting in the second half. It’s definitely something to build on.”
North Buncombe is idle next week, while Roberson travels to Erwin.