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Stephen DiCenso Jr., Lejeune Bulldogs’ running back, leaps for yardage after being hit by a North Duplin Rebels player at the second round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association playoffs aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Nov. 22.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Justin A. Rodriguez

Devilpups tame Rebels, win 28-12

22 Nov 2013 | Lance Cpl. Justin A. Rodriguez

The Lejeune Devilpups captured and tamed the North Duplin Rebels, beating them 28-12, during the second round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association playoffs aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Nov. 22.

The Devilpups utilized their many offensive techniques after a scoreless first quarter, including Jamaz Richardson, starting running back.

Richardson surpassed 2,000 rushing yards for the second season in a row, displaying his skill and athleticism.

“Winning is the most important thing to me,” said Richardson. “We earned this win and moving onto the next round is exciting.”

The first quarter started slow, but the Devilpups came alive during the second quarter with a touchdown from Brady Bodine, wide receiver, and Richardson.

“We started off slow, but we played a decent game,” said Darryl Schwartz, Lejeune Devilpups head coach. “As the playoffs progress, there will be harder teams and it will be harder to win. We just need to keep preparing for those games and push on.”

The Devilpups pressured the Rebels with an aggressive offense, but turnovers limited their scoring during the second quarter.

With the Devilpups bringing the pressure on defense, the Rebels offense was struggling to score until they caught a break with a 39-yard touchdown pass. That would be the Rebels last touchdown until the fourth quarter.

After the second quarter, the Devilpups scored twice more and held the Rebels to only one more score.

With the now top seeded Bulldogs (12-1) headed to the third round against the South Halifax Trojans, the Rebels packed up for the season.

“We didn’t completely dominate the game, but we are all happy about the win,” said Schwartz. “We’re looking forward to the next game.”

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