By: Bradley Cole
North Henderson beat Swain County last year for the first time in school history, beating their non-conference foe 31-28.
It was deja vu on Friday in Glenn C. Marlow stadium for the two teams. The Knights and the Maroon Devils played another tight game. For the second straight year, North Henderson won, this time by a slim score of 34-28.
It all started with a Alquann Waters 2-yard rushing touchdown, after a Daquane Washington interception set up the offense.
North’s defense came up big again as Brodey Mitchell recovered a fumbled ball, which set up a leaping Darren Lammons touchdown catch thrown by Nasiah Henderson in the back corner of the end-zone, putting up the home team 12-0.
After a Swain touchdown, the Knights responded with a Darren Lammons pick-six, which was his second touchdown of the night.
“They like to run the out-rout, so we’ve been working on it at practice. We got a call for that from the coaches, I heard the safety call for it. So I went down and it was right in my hands,” the senior said on the game changing play.
North went into halftime with a comfortable 20-7 lead.
The third quarter was a quiet one, but the Knights added a rushing touchdown from Alquann Waters making it 26-7 at the end of the quarter.
After two Maroon Devil touchdowns to start off the fourth quarter, North faced some adversity. However, thanks to a explosive 68-yard rushing touchdown from Quitin Wright, North put Swain in a tough spot.
“We fought hard, we were facing adversity. We gave it all we got,” Wright said. “[Coach Wilkins] told us to go in the fourth quarter like it was 0-0, so we did.”
Swain responded with one more touchdown, but it wasn’t enough to stop the now 2-1 Knights.
With the win, North makes up their second straight win, after beating East Henderson 44-41.
North will be off next week, but will return to action September 15th against Tuscola. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Stay tuned for a Photo Gallery from tonight’s game.