Burke County’s Green accounted for five touchdowns – including one on an interception return – as the Bears routed Cross Creek, 55-6, on Thursday night at Cross Creek High School.
“I just read his eyes,” Green said about the Razorbacks’ quarterback on his interception. “I had one man to beat, and I knew I could beat him.”
The junior was practically unstoppable, scoring three rushing touchdowns on only seven carries and passing for another on only seven throws. He also scored the first of two Burke County defensive touchdowns, making a play on a Devon Diamond pass.
The one-sided first half saw Burke County put up more than 300 yards and also go plus-four on turnovers as it was ahead 55-6 at halftime.
Burke County’s defense was as impressive as the offense was, as three different players recorded interceptions on three consecutive Cross Creek possessions. The Bears (4-1) pressured or blitzed on almost every play, forcing Diamond to hurry. The quarterback did show his elusiveness at times, but when he threw the ball up, Burke County was often there.
Though Diamond did find Antonio Bullock for a 47-yard gain on the Razorbacks’ second offensive play of the game, the Razorbacks were essentially silent for the rest of the half. Diamond, who completed three of his first four passes for 45 yards, went 0 for 7 with four picks for the rest of the half after that first drive.
With its offense struggling, Cross Creek (0-4) was instead more dangerous on returns.
Jerry Grissam, with great moves, was a big threat on kickoffs, taking one back for a score. He also took an earlier return past midfield.
But Grissam’s efforts only delayed more Burke County fireworks, with two second-quarter scores from Reginald Grubbs helping the Bears reach the half-century mark in the first half.
Neither team scored in the second half, which had a running clock.
“That was what we wanted to do,” Bears coach Eric Parker said about the fast start. “We didn’t want to start out sloppy.”