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ROLESVILLE — On a Rolesville High “Senior Night” when those honored were superb, its sophomore quarterback shared the limelight during a 49-19 offensive scorching of Corinth Holders.

Rams football (9-2) celebrated its present winningest class in school history while unleashing the firepower of its future. Byrum Brown connected on 10-of-11 passes for 291 yards and four touchdowns as he brought the multidimensional attack back after a two-week losing streak vs. the top teams (No. 1 Wake Forest and runner-up Heritage) in the NAC 6 conference.

Last-term performers Josh Pullen (12 carries, 110 yards, two touchdowns) and Jashaun Patterson (four carries, 67 yards; three receptions, 162 yards, two touchdowns) did their own thing in a big way, as well. The combined efforts resulted in 44 plays generating 563 yards and points on Rolesville’s first four possessions.

Pullen dashed in from 24 yards out with 7:40 left in the first quarter to establish a lasting lead. Patterson kept and tallied the two-point conversion for an 8-0 count.

The visiting Pirates benefitted from a 30-yard kickoff return and a pass interference foul on Rolesville to ignite a drive. After seven plays ventured 46 yards, the possible tying deuce pass fell incomplete. So the Rams maintained an 8-6 edge.

It grew two scrimmage hikes later when Brown hit Patterson on a 75-yard toss. Devin Versteegen’s PAT pumped the margin to 15-6 with 2:58 left in the period.

After Corinth Holders punted, Rolesville required just another pair of snaps to further inflate the bulge. A Patterson 50-yard sweep corresponded with a Brown 27-yard strike to freshman Noah Rogers with just 12 seconds remaining in the stanza. Versteegen supplied the PAT for a 22-6 difference.

The Pirates next opportunity concluded with a fake punt failure at the Ram 38. Three cracks at it later, Brown lofted 50 yards to junior Ethan Harris for the score. The two-point conversion missed, but the gulf was 28-6 with 9:07 left before half.

Corinth Holders conducted an 11-play drive as far as the Ram 11 prior to coming up short on fourth-and-18. After getting the ball back by punt, it cashed in a 65-yard hook-and-lateral with 1:09 left till intermission. The deuce failed, leaving it 28-12.

The pesky Pirates (4-7 overall; 0-5 in NAC 6) recovered the ensuing kickoff and applied more late pressure. However, John Burch grabbed an interception to repel the invasion.

Just 1:34 into the third quarter, Brown again hooked up with Patterson on a 62-yard hail. Versteegen built the 35-12 gap.

Brown completed passes of 19, 3, 9 and 10 on the subsequent 75-yard drive which took 10 total plays. Brown (six keeps, 35 yards) bootlegged 11 yards to the 8 yard-line, then handed off to Pullen twice for the finishing totes. Versteegen made it 42-14.

James Cowan partially blocked the next Corinth Holders punt from the end zone, setting his offence up at the enemy 37. On the first hike of the fourth quarter, sophomore Jaedyn Fulton swept over from the 34. Damon Burton posted the PAT for the maximum advantage at 49-12.

The Pirates countered behind its own sophomore signal caller Isaiah Faulkner (16 keeps, 59 yards, one touchdown rushing; 7-of-19 passing, 134 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions). He ran five times for 47 yards, eventually smoking in from the 1 with 5:35 left in the contest. The PAT pasted the final.

“We’ve been through the first season --- the non-conference schedule. Now we’re done with the second season --- the conference,” Rolesville head coach Martin Samek said afterward. “From here, we focus on the third season --- the playoffs. Our work is not done. We are not finished yet.”

Rolesville finished the regular season undefeated at home at 6-0. The Rams will host the Panther Creek Catamounts tonight in the first round of the 4AA state playoffs at 7:30 p.m.