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NEWTON GROVE — The Princeton High football team wasted no time taking a lead on Hobbton in a 1-A Carolina Conference game the Bulldogs took over and won 63-20.
Receiving the kickoff to start the game, Princeton (7-0, 2-0) scored on an eight-play, 60 yard initial drive that was capped off by a 3-yard touchdown by Deviyeh Simmons.
With the defense leaving little room for the Wildcats’ (4-4, 0-2) offense to work, the Bulldogs finished the first quarter with a 20-0 lead that quickly grew to 28-0 when Blake Raynor completed a 51-yard touchdown to Scott Vollgrebe for a touchdown with nine minutes in the second quarter.
By the waning seconds of the half, Peyton Mitchell intercepted a Hobbton pass deep in Princeton territory, holding the home team to just one score as Princeton took a 35-6 lead into the half.
Out of the half, Hobbton narrowed the deficit with 11 minutes left in the third quarter on a touchdown pass, then converted the two-point try to bring the game to 35-14. After a pair of unsuccessful drives, Princeton took control of the lead again when Seth Blevins scored a 90-yard touchdown and McKinley Uzzell hit the point after.
When Hobbton answered with a 67-yard touchdown pass, the Bulldogs marched right back down the first and Jaydon Brooks took in the score from 2 yards out to take a 48-20 lead.
Simmons scored once more on a 13-yard run; then Paul Edens finished out the game with his own touchdown to keep the Bulldogs undefeated.
Princeton will play North Duplin at home on Friday.