Something had to give Friday when two 1-A Carolina Conference rivals with one loss between them clashed on the field. Princeton traveled to Goldsboro and thrashed Rosewood, 52-28, to lock down the conference title.
Rosewood took no time to answer after the visiting Bulldogs scored on their first possession. Michael Reid sprinted 70 yards to the house on the Eagles’ first play from scrimmage.
They led, 14-6, after the first quarter, but couldn’t stave off Princeton for long.
The Bulldogs, generally a run-heavy team, looked to throw off their rivals by changing it up. It worked when Lamarr Wilkins found sophomore Trae Roa open for the touchdown.
Reid ended up scoring four times for Rosewood, but it was otherwise all Princeton. The Bulldogs took the lead in the second quarter and never looked back. They salted the game away with two scores apiece in each of the third and fourth quarters.