Owens' five touchdowns lift ECH past Person
Without the services of injured starting quarterback Connor Stough, East Chapel Hill rode the big body of running back Colby Owens for its first PAC-6 victory of the season, a 42-35 win at Person.
Owens rumbled his way to 161 yards on 20 carries and five touchdowns, including the go-ahead score from seven yards away with 3:46 to play. The Wildcats’ bruising 235-pound back scored the final four times he touched the ball — twice on touchdowns and on the subsequent conversions.
The win snapped a five-game losing streak for East Chapel Hill. The Wildcats had a seemingly comfortable 26-14 lead after Owens’ third touchdown, with 8:30 to play, but the Rockets roared back.
Person quarterback Trevon Tapp hooked up with Corey Young for a 40-yard touchdown reception 7:40 remaining in the game.
After a Wildcat three-and-out, Person running back Taymon Smith broke a couple of tackles and raced down the sidelines for a 44-yard touchdown to lift Person to its first lead of the game, 28-26 with 5:30 to play.
After a long kickoff and late hit out of bounds gave the Wildcats the ball at the Rocket 32, East cashed in five plays later with an Owens 7-yard touchdown burst with 3:46 to play.
The Wildcats pushed the lead to 42-28 with less than two minutes to play, and Person scored a late touchdown with less than a minute to play, but failed to recover the ensuing onside kick.
The teams combined for six touchdowns in the final quarter.
Person will be on the road for its remaining two games, beginning next week at Riverside. East will host Hillside.
East Chapel Hill 42,
ECH|10|3|6|23 – 42
Person|0|7|7|21 – 35
ECH — Ellis Llewellyn 35 field goal 6:05
ECH — Colby Owens 6 run (Llewellyn kick) 2:50
ECH — Llewellyn 30 kick 7:05
PERSON — Taymon Smith 12 run (Jacob Oakley kick) 0:41
ECH — Owens 14 run (run failed) 6:34
PERSON — Trevon Tapp 6 run (Oakley kick) 1:13
ECH — Owens 5 run (Llewellyn kick) 8:30
PERSON — Corey Young 40 pass from Tapp 7:40 (Oakley kick)
PERSON — Smith 44 run (Oakley kick) 5:33
ECH — Owens 7 run (Owens run) 3:46
ECH — Owens 28 run (Owens run) 1:34
PERSON — Tapp 5 run (Oakley kick) 0:46
ECH — Colby Owens 20-161 5TDs, Nikita Orlov 8-45, Arkavious Parks 11-80, Sean Moore 12-(-11)
PERSON — Trevon Tapp 15-50, Taymon Smith 10-116, Corey Young 9-47, Francisco Jimenez 2-14, Jacob Oakley 1-(-21)
ECH — Sean Moore 5-5-0 105
PERSON — Trevon Tapp 2-8-1 58 yards TD
ECH — Jack Hankins 1-41, Arkavious Parks 2-19, Colby Owens 2-45
PERSON — Corey Young 1-40 TD, Zack Kavinsky 1-18
East Chapel Hill (2-7, 1-2), Person (3-6, 1-2)