Northern gets first win in thrilling fashion
Northern Durham tied the game up twice in the final quarter and made two big plays in overtime to rally past Roxboro Person 21-14 in County Stadium for its first win of the season.
Knights’ powerback Kendrick Bailey scored from 3 yards out with 22 seconds to play to cap off a dramatic drive to force overtime.
Northern quarterback Zaaqhai Mann competed three passes on tying drive, including connecting with Jalon Nixon on a huge reception on fourth-and-8.
The Knights’ signal caller rushed for 145 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown up the middle on the first play of overtime.
Northern defensive back Micah Sessions ignited the celebration when he intercepted a jump ball in the end zone intended for Person tight end LeRon Cash.
Rocket quarterback Trevon Tapp connected on 10-of-17 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns, including a 7-yard strike to Corey Young to give Person a 14-7 lead with 3:12 to play.
Person will be back in action next Friday when it hosts Jordan, while Northern welcomes East Chapel Hill.
NORTHERN DURHAM 21, PERSON 14, OT
Person |7 |0 |0 |7| 0 — 14
Chapel Hill |0 |0 |0 |14| 7 — 21
P — LeRon Cash 37 pass from Trevon Tapp (Jacob Oakley kick) 8:38
N — Kendrick Bailey 3 run (T.J. Milby kick) 10:58
P — Corey Young 7 pass from Tapp (Oakley kick) 3:12
N — Bailey 3 run (Milby kick) 0:22
N — Zaaqhai Mann 10 run (Milby kick)
RUSHING — Person, Corey Young 1-21, Taymon Smith 8-17, Trevon Tapp 10-9, Marquis Torain 6-2, Francisco Jimenez 2-(-1). Northern, Zaaqhai Mann 25-132 TD, Alphonso Gbojueh 15-86, Marcus Starr 3-9, Kendrick Bailey 2-6 2TDs
PASSING — Person, Trevon Tapp 10-17-1 167 2TDs. Northern, Zaaqhai Mann 6-14-1 57.
RECEIVING — Person, Corey Young 4-48 TD, Marquis Torain 4-71, LeRon Cash 1-37 TD, A.J. Cash 1-11. Northern, Jalon Nixon 3-33, Dejuan Graham 2-21, Marcus Starr 1-3
Records — Person 2-5, 0-1; Northern Durham 1-6, 1-0.