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Devil Pups celebrate homecoming with a blowout victory over Hurricanes

By Lance Cpl. Scott W. Whiting | Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune | October 12, 2012

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Lejeune High School’s running back Jamaz Richardson runs the ball to the outside as fullback Stephen Dicenso looks for a defensive player to block against the Pamlico County High School Hurricanes during Lejeune High’s homecoming game aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Friday. Lejeune High School was able to effectively run the ball throughout the game, as Richardson rushed for 260 yards and three touchdowns. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Scott W. Whiting)

Lejeune High School’s running back Jamaz Richardson runs the ball to the outside as fullback Stephen Dicenso looks for a defensive player to block against the Pamlico County High School Hurricanes during Lejeune High’s homecoming game aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Friday. Lejeune High School was able to effectively run the ball throughout the game, as Richardson rushed for 260 yards and three touchdowns. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Scott W. Whiting) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Scott W. Whiting)


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Lejeune High School’s homecoming court stands in front of the crowd as they are each announced over the microphone at halftime during their homecoming game against Pamlico County High School Friday. The freshmen, sophomores and juniors each had four representatives on the court and the senior class had six representatives. Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Scott W. Whiting)

Lejeune High School’s homecoming court stands in front of the crowd as they are each announced over the microphone at halftime during their homecoming game against Pamlico County High School Friday. The freshmen, sophomores and juniors each had four representatives on the court and the senior class had six representatives. Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Scott W. Whiting) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Scott W. Whiting)


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Stephen DiCenso, fullback for the Lejeune High School Devil Pups, gets tackled by three Pamlico County High School defenders after running the ball during the Devil Pups homecoming game Friday. The Devil Pups, as a team, rushed for 370 yards during the game, and DiCenso scored a touchdown along with 53 yards on the ground. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Scott W. Whiting

Stephen DiCenso, fullback for the Lejeune High School Devil Pups, gets tackled by three Pamlico County High School defenders after running the ball during the Devil Pups homecoming game Friday. The Devil Pups, as a team, rushed for 370 yards during the game, and DiCenso scored a touchdown along with 53 yards on the ground. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Scott W. Whiting (Photo by Lance Cpl. Scott W. Whiting)


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The Lejeune High School Devil Pups storm through a sign as they take the field against Pamlico County High School Friday during Lejeune High’s homecoming game aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. The team ran onto the field with a lot of intensity, which transferred over to the scoreboard as the game went on. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Scott W. Whiting)

The Lejeune High School Devil Pups storm through a sign as they take the field against Pamlico County High School Friday during Lejeune High’s homecoming game aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. The team ran onto the field with a lot of intensity, which transferred over to the scoreboard as the game went on. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Scott W. Whiting) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Scott W. Whiting)


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Members of Lejeune High School’s marching band stand ready to play before the homecoming game starts aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Friday. The band was just one of the many pre-game festivities at the football game against Pamlico County High School. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Scott W. Whiting)

Members of Lejeune High School’s marching band stand ready to play before the homecoming game starts aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Friday. The band was just one of the many pre-game festivities at the football game against Pamlico County High School. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Scott W. Whiting) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Scott W. Whiting)


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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --

Lejeune High School celebrated its homecoming football game Friday in front of a sold-out crowd of fans itching to see their Devil Pups beat the Pamlico County High School Hurricanes.

The spirited festivities began before the ball was even kicked off as bouncy houses, sumo suits and food filled the area around the field for adults and children to take part in during the evening.

The Devil Pups started the game slowly after electing to kick during the coin toss. The Hurricanes marched down the field with a powerful rushing attack led by running back Jamal Coffee. NaQuan Gibbs, Pamlico’s quarterback, rushed in for a 10-yard touchdown to cap off the drive, followed by a successful two-point conversion.

The first quarter featured hard-nosed defense by both teams, forcing rushed and incomplete passes and short runs. Pamlico blocked a punt from the Devil Pups as the first quarter concluded with the Hurricanes leading by eight.

After battling back and forth for most of the second quarter, Jamaz Richardson, running back for Lejeune, rushed into the end zone for a 38-yard touchdown, and the Devil Pups converted the two-point attempt to tie the game at eight. After Pamlico botched a punt and fumbled the ball, Lejeune scored another touchdown with a minute left in the half as quarterback Chad Collins found wide receiver Charles Murdock for a 17-yard score, propelling them to a 15-8 lead over the Hurricanes at the half.

At halftime, the homecoming court was presented to the crowd. Two males and two females represented each class, except for the senior class, which had three males and three females. After the homecoming court was exhibited, the narrator gave the audience some information about each one. Collins was crowned homecoming king and Nadine Gerard was crowned homecoming queen.

After the halftime break, defense prevailed during the third quarter until Lejeune ran down the field in small bursts, fatiguing Pamlico’s defense slowly. Fullback Stephen DiCenso ran in for a three-yard touchdown. After the extra point, Lejeune grew their lead to 22-8.

The fourth quarter progressed similarly as Richardson scored twice on a 50-yard run and a 15-yard run. The final score of the game was 36-14 as Lejeune blew out the Pamlico Hurricanes with an excited full house of fans.

Both teams were heavily penalized, which stalled many potentially successful drives. Holding calls were prevalent, and at one point, miscommunication caused the Devil Pups to be flagged for only having 10 players on the field in back-to-back plays. However, even with the sloppy play, Lejeune was able to keep their running game effective throughout the game and send the Devil Pup fans home happy.

The Hurricanes had no answer for the Devil Pup’s rushing attack throughout the game. As a team, Lejeune ran for 370 yards on a whopping 50 attempts, while Jefferson ran for 260 of those himself on 27 attempts, giving him an impressive 9.6 yards per carry.

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