Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 21, 2013
CLIMAX — Jareke Chambers scored a school-record six touchdowns and ran for 232 yards as top-ranked North Rowan improved to 5-0 with a 52-7 win at Providence Grove.
The Cavaliers held PG to three first downs and amassed 482 yards on the ground. North was named the No. 1 2A team in the state’s AP poll Tuesday and showed why Friday night. Chambers, in his third game starting at quarterback, scored on runs of 41, 37, 30, 20, five and two yards to set a North record for touchdowns in a game.
“That speaks volumes about the type of player Jareke is,” North coach Joe Nixon said. “Once he gets loose, he’s trying to find the end zone.”
North’s Mike Steele scored five times in 1961 and J.R. Neely matched the feat in 1997. The six TDs also tied a county record. West Rowan’s K.P. Parks scored six times in 2007 and 2009.
Andre Cowan added to the onslaught with 128 yards on 17 carries. North built a 13-0 lead after one quarter and led 38-0 at halftime.
Chambers, a running back who replaced injured QB Alexis Archie in Week 2, also threw for 83 yards.
Kasaun Coney and Cowan also ran for touchdowns. North is 5-0 for the first time since 1994.
“I’m really pleased with the effort,” Nixon said. “It was a good night defensively and we put up some big numbers offensively.”
North receiver Sakil Harrison caught three passes for 35 yards while Coney ran it three times for 51 yards. Mike Robinson collected an interception and Jim Herndon collected a fumble recovery. North held Grove (1-4) to 66 yards of total offense.
“I’m happy with our maturity,” Nixon said. “We practiced hard all week and kept focus and it paid off tonight.”
North faces Forest Hills on the road next week in its final non-conference tune up.