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September 14, 2013JACKSONVILLE - In a match-up of old Mid-Eastern Conference rivals, New Bern defeated Jacksonville 28-0 Friday night.
Jacksonville (3-1) came into this match up with a chance to make a statement about their football program. With big wins over Onslow County rivals SW Onslow and Northside, the Cardinals created a lot of buzz and hoped to beat a struggling New Bern team to add to their resume.
The defending state champion Bears (2-2) would have nothing to do with it. New Bern used a high powered rushing attack led by Cody Purdie and Mike Hughes and a stingy defense led by Sha'mond Squires to dominate Jacksonville from the opening kickoff.
The Bears would score on its first two possessions of the night and never look back. With 1:50 into the game, Hughes would score the first of his four touchdowns on the night from 5 yards out.
After the Cardinals had to punt, ECU recruit Cody Purdie would set up the next Bear score with a nice 40-yard run deep into Jacksonville territory. Hughes would score again with 3:45 left in the 1st Quarter on a 7-yard scamper.
Jacksonville was unable to get anything going at all in the first half as the Bear defense dominated the line of scrimmage and the Cardinals' vaunted offensive front. Both teams traded turnovers and penalties in the second quarter and the half would end 14-0 Bears.
The teams would come out the 3rd quarter and exchange punts. Jacksonville QB Exleman Adams, who was the Cardinals' primary offensive weapon got dinged on the first drive of the second half. His replacement sophomore Colt Allen was pressured all night by the Bear defense.
Hughes and the Bear offense moved the ball down to the eventually inside the Cardinal 10-yard line as the third quarter expired.
With 11:10 left in the fourth quarter, Hughes would score his third touchdown of the night as he raced untouched to the end zone on a 9-yard run to give the Bears a 21-0 lead. At the 8:10 mark, Hughes scored his fourth touchdown from 9-yard line to give New Bern a comfortable 28-0 lead.
Adams tried to return to the game, but left again after a physical tackle on the New Bern sideline. The New Bern defense would get 6 sacks on the night for -54 yards and hold the Cardinal offense to just 126 total yards.
Purdie would lead the Bear rushing attack with 22 carries for 188 yards. Hughes would add 11 carries for 64 yards and complete 7 passes for 97 yards. The Bears totally dominated the stats. New Bern would finish with 366 total yards to only 126 yards for Jacksonville (40 yards came on 2 fake punts, one planned and one not.)
New Bern Head Coach Bobby Curlings was very upbeat after the game. With a healthy Purdie, New Bern has a legit offensive attack and a steady defense that flies to the ball. With the win, the Bears hope to get back in the state 4A conversation.
New Bern hopes to continue their improvement next week at home versus Laney. Jacksonville looks to rebound from this loss on the road at Topsail.
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