BUNN'S DEAUNDRA MOSES
BUNN -- For one half, the latest Bunn-South Granville football grudge match closely resembled last year's contest -- a low-scoring affair destined to turn on the outcome of one or two plays.
But that wasn't the case during what would prove to be a prolific second half of offensive action.
First place in the Northern Carolina Conference standings was at stake last Friday -- a regular occurrence in the clubs' meetings over the past handful of campaigns.
But unlike last fall's disappointing loss, South Granville left Bunn with a 37-26 victory that kept the Vikings undefeated and in the top spot outright in the NCC.
With two games remaining in the regular season, South Granville is 9-0 overall and 6-0 in conference action.
Bunn, which entered on a five-contest winning streak, dropped to 6-3 and 5-1.
The first half was a defensive standoff as South Granville took the lead on a 2-yard rushing touchdown from Allajah Mitchell at the 9:03 mark of the second quarter.
After an exchange of punts, Bunn put together a 62-yard, penalty-aided drive that was capped by Deaundra Moses 3-yard TD plunge just 1:42 in front of intermission.
Bradley Hill tacked on the PAT, and the score was even at 7-7 -- a mark that would hold up going into the break.
It took South Granville only two snaps to score in the third period as Mitchell took an option drive and raced untouched through the line on his way to a 77-yard touchdown that gave the Vikings a 14-7 margin.
Bunn countered later in the frame on a 6-yard scoring run from Quentin Perry, but the point after was unsuccessful.
Robert Torrence gave the Vikings a 17-13 advantage with a 32-yard field goal at the 2:10 mark of the third stanza, but Bunn would stun South Granville with a drive that would advance into the fourth quarter.
Moses 5-yard touchdown run had the Wildcats in front at 19-17 with 9:54 left, but the Vikings would show their veteran savvy down the stretch.
Senior quarterback Tucker Brown gave SG the lead for good with a 25-yard touchdown sprint with 4:12 left.
Less than two minutes later, Mitchell struck again with a 10-yard TD run before the Vikings quickly got the ball back -- and found the end zone once again on a 14-yard scamper from Brown.
Suddenly, and in a stretch of just over two minutes, South Granville had broken the game open at 37-19.
Bunn was able to score on the final play of the game courtesy of an 18-yard connection between quarterback Cody Collier and senior Dylan Timberlake.
South Granville would finish with 363 total yards, compared to 196 for the Wildcats.
Mitchell (185) and Brown (100) both broke the century mark in rushing for SG, while Moses rushed for 36 yards and passed for 37 more to spark the Wildcats. Moses also boasted 152 kickoff return yards -- including a 79-yard effort in the second half.
Bunn will remain at home this Friday for a meeting with ultimate rival Louisburg.
Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at the BHS Football Field.
Tickets for the annual showdown will be available at the gate.