In basketball-mad North Carolina, a 77-67 score is not out of the ordinary.
If those 144 points are scored on a football field, though? Now that’s rarefied air.
Greenville rivals J.H. Rose and D.H. Conley played such a “save your ticket stub” game Friday night, totaling more points than in any other football game in the history of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association as Rose held off Conley for a 77-67 home victory.
According to The Daily Reflector, the 144 total points topped the previous record of 142, set when Windsor beat Creswell 142-0 in 1930. The teams also matched when Cardinal Gibbons defeated the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf 100-42 on Oct. 26, 1995.
A fun little footnote to history is that there were electrical problems at the field all night. The scoreboard stopped working with 39 seconds to go, an appropriate development if there ever was one for such a high-scoring affair.
Earlier in the game, the lights went out, delaying the game for 20 minutes.
The statistics from this contest, predictably, are simply silly. Rose running back E.J. Harris rushed 25 times for 315 yards and six touchdowns. Quarterback Ryan Goodwin, who returned after missing last week’s game with a concussion, went 11-of-16 for 361 yards (32.8 yards a completion!!) and four touchdowns. Oh, and he ran for another. Wide receiver Caleb Edwards caight three TDs.
As for the losing team? Conley junior quarterback Holton Ahlers set a state record for total TDs in a single game, scoring nine — five passing and four rushing — before leaving with an injury after throwing an interception late in the fourth quarter. The previous record of eight was set in 1960 and matched four times. Ahlers was 29-for-45 for 507 yards. Duce Fuller caught four touchdown passes for Conley.
Heading into the contest, the game was billed as “The Crosstown Showdown” by Pirate Radio 1250 AM. The game more than lived up to such a top-notch graphic.
Rose is now 2-3 (1-0 Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A), with Conley falling to 3-3 (0-1). The jury is still out on how many “basketball scores” the teams have left in them this fall.