Currituck vs. Bruton (Video Still: Jay Parchman/recruit757)
Bruton’s struggles continue as the program rebuilds
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
2018 was a season full of fits and starts for Bruton. Coach Tim Smith is in rebuilding mode as his squad is able to play a full schedule this year, as opposed to last year when lack of depth and a rash of injuries forced forfeits.
The schedule for Bruton is a little easier than taking on a full Bay Rivers District schedule. Even though the Panthers have played more Class 1 and Class 2 competition, wins have been hard to come by.
Friday night’s game against Currituck (NC) was no exception.
Jayden Calloway had a huge game for Currituck, rushing for 356 yards and three touchdowns in the Knights’ 48-0 win. His three touchdown runs were 95 yards, 76 yards and 46 yards, giving him over 200 rushing yards in his three scoring plays alone.
“We had a great week of practice. We came out Monday…we executed… we got quality reps… we worked hard. Running back Trevion Powell is back so the energy that he brings helped us come out (strong). The offensive line performed. The holes wouldn’t have been there for me if the offensive line didn’t work. I feel like the entire team worked hard. The coaches came up with a good game plan for this week. We executed perfectly and came out with a W,” said Calloway after the game.
Currituck head coach Paul Bossi was pleased with his team’s performance.
“We executed well in all phases of the game tonight,” said the coach. Their game plan worked. “We were worried. We saw Bruton on film. They’ve played some tough teams. They have some big bodies over there and we weren’t sure how we were going to match up. We wanted to come in and play gap control football, do the best that we could do. It worked in our favor tonight.”
The game against Bruton was the last non-conference game for the Knights and they’ll now move into a series of games against more familiar teams. Currituck is just south of the state line between Chesapeake and North Carolina. The 757 is closer than many schools that would be considered regional for them.
“We’re trying to play more 757 schools and keep it closer to home,” Bossi explained. “Elizabeth City or First Flight are actually close games for us. Hertford County is two hours away. Last year, we played Croatan which is three and half hours away in the first round of the playoffs. Bertie is almost an hour and a half away. Edenton is over an hour away. Those games definitely change your game plan a little bit in terms of preparing for it. The boys are used to it.”
Calloway certainly shined on Friday night. He reported to recruit757 correspondent James Benn that while he holds no offers, he is drawing interest from Appalachian State, Elon, North Carolina A&T and Lenoir-Rhyne. The senior quarterback is working on his reads and becoming a more well-rounded athlete. What he showed against Bruton is that he’s a legitimate dual-threat who can run the ball just as well as he throws it.
Enjoy the video from James Benn and recruit757 videographer Jay Parchman. As James says, we’ll see you at the games!
– Andy Hilton