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Cooley scores 6 TDs in Firebirds’ romp at South Granville

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CREEDMOOR — Southern Nash High senior Quinton Cooley scored six touchdowns and rushed for 225 yards, more than half the Firebirds’ total offense, as they buried host South Granville 55-27 on Friday for their fourth varsity football win without a loss.

Cooley darted 59 yards to the end zone on the 3-A Big East Conference Firebirds’ opening possession before scoring from 37 yards later in the quarter. He had a 5-yard TD run in the second quarter, a 3-yard scoring jaunt in the third and finished his night with a 62-yard run to paydirt in the fourth. Cooley, a Wake Forest University commit, also caught two passes for 32 yards, including a 26-yard TD strike from senior quarterback Matt Foster in the second quarter.

The only other Firebirds to reach the end zone were senior Izaiah Walker-Warren, who intercepted a Vikings pass and blazed 82 yards in the second quarter, and senior Jason Bland, who added a 26-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.

Foster was 4-of-6 passing for 55 yards as the Firebirds did not have to punt in the game. Evan Barnes connected on 6-of-7 extra-point attempts.

The 2-A Vikings (1-3) of the 1-A/2-A Northern Carolina Conference didn’t score until sophomore Micah Wilkerson weaved his way to the end zone from 57 yards late in the third quarter.

South Granville got rushing touchdowns from Khawan Bobbitt and Bryson McCall in the fourth quarter as well as a 55-yard return of a recovered fumble by Henry Daniel in the game’s final minute.

Southern Nash will host Greenville Rose next Friday, Sept. 20.