High school football: 106-83 North Carolina shootout ends early after lights go out

Pender (Burgaw) and Hobbton (Newton Grove) combined to score 189 points Friday, setting the record for most points in a North Carolina high school football game. And they didn’t even get to finish.

The Patriots beat Hobbton 106-83 in a game that ended with just over a minute remaining in regulation after the lights in Penders’ stadium shut off, according to the Wilmington Star-News.

“I’m pretty tired,” Pender coach Tom Eanes told the paper after the high-scoring affair. “It was a heck of a ball game, I don’t know if we could tackle anybody.”

Junior running backs Jassiah Hill and Jeremiah Johnson scored a combined 11 touchdowns for the Patriots. They entered Friday’s game with 10 touchdowns between them.

For Hobbton, Cole Weeks tossed six touchdown passes, according to MaxPreps Live Scoring, while Steven Aguilar rushed for four scores.

This wasn’t the first time Pender (4-3) put up video-game numbers this season as the Patriots handed Lejeune (Camp Lejeune) an 88-34 loss in the opener. They were on the wrong side of a wild one last week in a 65-36 loss to East Bladen (Elizabethtown).

Hobbton (3-4) also has shown the ability to score in bunches with a 64-14 win in September over Spring Creek (Seven Springs).

Set in 2016, the previous NCHSAA state record was D.H. Conley (Greenville) beating C.B. Aycock (Pikeville) 83-68.

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