August 29, 2007

Scouting New Hanover at Southeast Raleigh

On Aug. 17, high school teams across the state had a chance to start their seasons with endowment games. A good one locally was New Hanover at Southeast Raleigh. The Wildcats from Wilmington featured top offensive line prospect Nick Becton, while the Bulldogs' prized player was Maryland-bound linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield.

The Game

For about 47 minutes this was not much of a football game (high school game feature 12-minute quarters). Both teams managed third quarter touchdowns, and the score was tied 7-7 going into the final minute. That is when the drama began.

With less than 50 seconds remaining, Southeast Raleigh quarterback Gabe Henderson floated a long third-down pass along the sideline. New Hanover corner Darryl Pulliam had one-on-one coverage with receiver Carlten Glover and seemed to have the play covered. But Pulliam mistimed his jump for the football, and instead of knocking it down he tipped it into the air. While Pulliam was falling to the ground, Glover hauled in the pass and ran untouched into the end zone for a 38-yard score with 43.2 seconds remaining on the clock.

The Bulldogs missed the extra point, giving New Hanover some slim hope. On its opening play of the following possession, the Wildcats threw a lateral to the receiver who then fired a pass downfield. The completion gave New Hanover several cracks at the end zone from around the 25-yard line, but they were never able to complete a pass and turned it over on downs. Southeast Raleigh won the game 13-7.

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