High School Football: Jacksonville-Area Week 4 Roundup

Jacksonville defeated West Carteret 48-7 on Friday night to improve to 3-0.

Jacksonville 48, West Carteret 7

Quarterback Josh Benton ran for 172 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries and threw for another score in the Cardinals’ home win over the Patriots.

Benton had a 61-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to give Jacksonville a 7-0 lead, had a 49-yard scoring run that extended the Cardinals’ lead to 20-7 and added a 5-yard touchdown run with 1:34 left in the second quarter to make it 27-7.

All of Benton’s rush attempted came in the first half. He also had a 50-yard touchdown pass to Shawn Jones early in the third quarter to make it 34-7.

Christian Constant added 87 yards on six carries, scoring on runs of 7 and 4 yards while Damari Gnatt added a 7-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter. Curtez Echols Jr., added 62 yards rushing on seven carries while Tristan Shapiro had four receptions for 87 yards for Jacksonville.

West Carteret’s score came Jamarion Montford threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Aidan Cooper with 5:52 left in the second quarter to bring the Patriots to within 14-7.

Jacksonville (3-0) kicks off Big Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference play next week at J.H. Rose. West Carteret (1-2), which topped Jacksonville 24-19 last season, plays host to East Carteret next week.  

East Duplin 34, Croatan 7

Avery Gaby rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries to help leading the visiting Panthers to a win over the Cougars.

This was the first meeting between the teams since

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High School Football: Jacksonville-Area Week 2 Roundup

Jacksonville's Christian Constant runs for a big gain in the Cardinals' 48-6 win over White Oak on Friday night.

Croatan 20, West Craven 14

Croatan scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to rally past host West Craven on Saturday.

The Cougars trailed 14-0 after three quarters.

Alex Barnes rushes for 76 yards on 16 carries, including a 3-yard touchdown run for the Cougars. Caden Barnett added a 1-yard scoring run and Anthony Bentz had a 20-yard touchdown run for Croatan.

West Craven’s scores came when Taqundre Cherry threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Nihkel Rush and when Brayden Manley ran for a 1-yard touchdown.

Croatan (1-1) visits East Carteret on Friday while West Craven (0-1) plays host to New Bern.

Jacksonville 48, White Oak 6

Quarterback Josh Benton ran for 161 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries and threw for 91 yards and two more scores to lead Jacksonville to its 11th consecutive victory over White Oak.

Benton had a 17-yard touchdown run and a 90-yard score, both in the third quarter as the Cardinals extended their 20-0 lead at halftime to 48-0 entering the fourth quarter.

He also threw scoring passes 40 and five yards to Tristan Shapiro, the first coming with 24 seconds left in the second quarter.

Camren Rivera added 78 yards on four carries, including a 23-yard touchdown run, that gave Jacksonville a 6-0 lead with 8:44 left in the second quarter. Christian Constant added 71 yards on three carries, including an 18-yard scoring run. Andrew Spicer added a 29-yard fumble return for a touchdown for the Cardinals.

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High school basketball: Breaking down the Riverside-Brookfield and Normal West Summer Shootouts

After highlighting 10 players who really helped raise their stock on Tuesday, there is still so much to get to from a busy weekend of high school basketball.

There is no other place to start this rewind of last weekend than with Glenbard West. Let the superlatives begin.

If there is any suburban team that’s going to supplant any of the Chicago Public League powers at No. 1 when the preseason rankings come out in November, it’s Glenbard West. Yes, the Hilltoppers are that good.

Glenbard West took apart Simeon. They beat a very talented and likely top 10 team in New Trier in what was arguably the highest level game with serious shot-making that was played all weekend long. They also knocked off highly-regarded St. Rita and drilled Westinghouse.

There is Division I talent, including a legitimate high-major player in Braden Huff who has difference-making talent and size. There is the Swiss Army knife in 6-5 Cade Pierce and the high-level shooting of 6-5 Bobby Durkin. There is the athletic and physical big in 6-7 Ryan Renfro. There is the hard-nosed veteran in Paxton Warden.

You can go on and on … There is endless size, experience and, most importantly, a familiarity and unselfish aspect that is clear to see when watching this team play together.

That starts with having two unselfish stars in Huff and Pierce. They set the tone with their demeanor, leadership and unselfishness.

Huff is a basketball unicorn at the high school level, a 6-10

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