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ROLESVILLE — The last time Rolesville High football met Broughton on the field, the Rams were knocked out of the 4A state playoffs. Last Friday, the revenge-minded Rams almost ran the Caps out of their own stadium, 41-21.
Rolesville rushed for 385 yards on 46 carries, averaging 8.3 per pop. It piled up record highs in total yards (585) and first downs (27), despite drawing a staggering 21 penalties costing them 202 yards.
The Rams converted their first drive into points via plenty of senior tailback Josh Pullen (29 totes, 263 yards, four touchdowns). He went fort 29, 2, 14 and the final 4 yards on the trip. Devin Versteegen supplied the PAT.
A stalemate ensued until the second quarter, when Zemir McKoy intercepted a Cap pass in Ram territory. Overcoming two personal fouls, Rolesville still traveled forward 80 yards on nine hikes.
Quarterback Byrum Brown (10-of-20 passing, 200 yards, one passing touchdown; 12 keeps, 63 yards, one rushing touchdown) bootlegged from 10 away with 4:03 left in the half. Versteegen provided the 14-0 margin.
Broughton whiplashed a six-play, 56-yard response in less than two minutes. A 26-yard pass and PAT cut the deficit in half at 14-7.
The Rams countered that lightning strike in 44 seconds. Brown hit Noah Rogers on a seam route for 28, then lofted to Jashaun Patterson (five touches, 100 yards), Patterson used one paw to haul the pigskin in, broke a tackle and carted the ball the rest of the 36 yards to paydirt. Versteegen thumped the 21-7 halftime bulge.
It grew in the third period after Pullen capped consecutive 82- and 50-yard voyages to the end zone from 1 and 3 yards out. The gap maxed at 34-7.
In the fourth, Broughton bagged back-to-back scores on a quarterback sneak and a 7-yard toss on fourth-and-goal. The difference was 34-21 with 4:55 remaining.
The Rams reaped the last word, though, as Pullen ripped 8, 16, 14, 7 and 8 until he plowed across with a personal-best production.
“We may not be as good as we think we are,” Rolesville head coach Martin Samek cautioned afterward, citing the double-digit citations and the surrendered late rally. “Yet.”
Broughton nailed 13-of-22 throws for 165 yards, but amassed just 63 ground yards on 32 tries. Leading the Rolesville resistance were Darius Robinson and Jalen Butts with 13 tackles each. O.C. Ford (11), Robert Sarravia (nine), Jacorrey Bible (seven) and Oluswein Adewumi (seven) also snared a shared of bringdowns.
The Rams (5-0) will host Terry Sanford tonight at 7 p.m.