Sean Bowman tops 2,000-yard mark in S. Granville rout
By the time Sean Bowman took the handoff and zipped 49 yards for a touchdown with under four minutes to play it was getting to be old hat. But that fourth rushing TD was his favorite, and put him over 2,000 yards rushing for the season.
“I just kind of like long ones,” Bowman said in explaining why that dash down the muddy field stuck out in his mind during the Vikings’ 62-12 romp over visiting Warren County. But he wasn’t aware he had broken the 2,000-yard mark until told by a reporter.
“I know I was close to it, but I didn’t know I had made it yet. I’m glad that I did. It was great,” said Bowman, who ground out 225 yards on 19 carries. He actually picked up more yardage than the entire Eagles offense, which, when it wasn’t sputtering, was getting punished by a bruising South Granville defense.
Greg McCalop got South Granville on the board with a 4-yard run in the first quarter.
Then Bowman scored his first of the four TD’s, an 18-yard carry. He also scored on runs of 15 yards in the third quarter and 48 and 49 yards in the fourth quarter.
Tight end Abraham Barron hit paydirt on a 9-yard reception from quarterback Matt McCutcheon in the first period. McCutcheon finished the night 13 for 22 for 160 yards.
Vikings fullback Earl Green scored twice in the second quarter, once on a 1-yard rush and again on a 33-yard reception. Defensive back Spencer Allen galloped down the sideline on a 40-yard interception return in the period.
“It was a tough game. It was all muddy out there,” said Bowman, a 5-11, 160-pound junior. “Towards the beginning of the game I didn’t do too good, but towards the end of the game I just started running straight.”
And he ran through some gaping holes created by the beefy linemen in front of him.
“I can’t do anything without that offensive line up front. They did great,” Bowman said. “They’re all seniors. I’m going to miss them when they’re gone. They’re one of the best lines we’ve ever had.”
“He’s done a great job. He’s a junior and he’s got some size and he’s got some speed,” Vikings coach Mike Hobgood said of his star running back. “He’s got a lot of seniors to open big holes for him and he takes advantage of it.”
Bowman also benefits from part two of the South Granville one-two punch — Green, a 5-10, 180-pound sophomore.
“Earl plays fullback, but he’s a real good running back for us too,” Hobgood said. “He’s a real good dual threat. He can block for us, but also be a second ball carrier in the backfield.”
Hobgood also praised Barron, a 6-4, 170-pound junior tight end.
“He’s getting better and better. A good route runner and he’s a good tall target for us,” Hobgood said.
Barron had an impressive 55-yard pass reception in the first period to set up the Vikings first score, a 4-yard plunge by senior Greg McCalop, before he got his own scoring reception.
“We threw the ball early and that was good, and we ran it after that. We established the pass so we could go to the run,” Hobgood said.
“The defense played well after that first play particularly,” he said of Eagles running back Jaquan Jones’ 52-yard rushing touchdown in Warren County’s first series of plays. Jones had 14 carries and 88 yards to lead the Eagles offense. “I thought we hit hard” throughout the game.
The Vikings were faced with what Hobgood called “a real unique offense,” a single wing. “We’ve been studying them on film, but it is different because you don’t see it every day. So just practicing with it for one week it’s going to be tough, but the defense did a great job with it.”
The defense came up with a number of big plays, including freshman Allen’s interception TD.
Despite the blowout, Bowman was not completely satisfied.
“We could have done better,” he said. “We can always improve.”
S. GRANVILLE 62, WARREN 12
Warren County |6 |0 |0 |6 — 12
S. Granville |21 |20 |7 |14 — 62
SG — Greg McCalop 4 run (Kaleb Chamberlain kick), 10:53
WC — Jaquan Jones 52 run (conversion failed), 10:27
SG — Sean Bowman 18 run (Chamberlain kick), 6:24
SG — Abraham Barron 9 pass from Matt McCutcheon (Chamberlain kick), 2:44
SG — Earl Green 1 run (Chamberlain kick), 9:19
SG — Green 33 pass from McCutcheon (Chamberlain kick), 7:14
SG —Spencer Allen 40 interception return (kick misses), 10:23
SG — Bowman 15 run (Chamberlain kick), 1:17
SG — Bowman 48-yard rush (Chamberlain kick), 10:23
WC — Dennis Waddell 2 pass from Jaquan Jones (conversion fails), 4:47
SG — Bowman 49-yard rush (Chamberlain kick) 3:47
RUSHING — Warren County, Dyami Wortham 14-88, Jaquan Jones 7-63, Kaelan Evans 21-50. S. Granville, Sean Bowman 19-225, Earl Green 8-53, Craig Wilkie 2-41.
PASSING — Warren County, Kaelan Evans 1-14-1 13, Jaquan Jones 1-2-0 2. S. Granville, Matt McCutcheon 13-22-0 160.
RECEIVING — Warren County, Dennis Waddell 2-15. S. Granville, Abraham Barron 4-75, Earl Green 5-55, Craig Wilkie 1-19, Sean Bowman 3-11.
Records — Warren County 5-5, 1-3 Northern Carolina 2-A; South Granville 8-2, 3-1 Northern Carolina.