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Demons run into Northern Nash buzz saw, 55-12

Fike running back Ahmaad Johnson (5) tries to elude the grasp of Northern Nash defender JaNas Hill (22) during a game Friday, Aug. 25, in Rocky Mount. Carl Copeland | Special to the Times

ROCKY MOUNT – A promising opening drive for the Fike High football team Friday at Northern Nash turned into six points for the host Knights after picking up a Fike fumble.

That sparked a 21-point first quarter for Northern Nash en route to a 55-12 victory. The Knights, who whipped Fike 49-6 on the way to the NCHSAA 3-A championship game last season, added 21 more points in the second quarter and led 42-0 at the half.

Fike quarterback Connor Spencer (12) throws a pass during a game Friday, Aug. 25, at Northern Nash. Carl Copeland | Special to the Times

The 3-A Quad County Conference Demons (1-1) gave up two more TDs in the third quarter before Josiah Artis blazed 50 yards to the end zone to break up the shutout. Fike added another TD by Ahmaad Johnson in the final minute.

Northern Nash (2-0) picked off three Fike passes along with the fumble recovery. The Demons finished with 278 offensive yards, including 204 on the ground. Artis ran for 114 on 14 carries while Johnson added 53 on five carries.

Bud Woodard snared three passes for 31 yards while Khamani Barnes hauled in a 33-yard pass. Quarterback Connor Spencer was 5 of 17 for 53 yards with three interceptions while Cam Pittman completed both of his attempts for 21 yards. Roderick Barnes and Jamari Hill led Fike in tackles.

Northern Nash ran for 249 yards and threw for 94 while not committing a turnover.

No further statistics or information on the game was available.

After their visit to “Death Valley,” the Demons will host Northern’s 2-A/3-A Big East Conference mate Southern Nash (2-0) on Thursday, Aug. 31, at Buddy Bedgood Stadium.

Fike’s Bud Woodard (4) runs with the ball as Northern Nash’s Sammy Huddleston (55) converges on him during a game Friday, Aug. 25, in Rocky Mount. Carl Copeland | Special to the Times