North Duplin rolls to shutout win

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CAMP LEJEUNE - Sophomore halfback DuJuan Armwood crossed the 1,000-yard rushing plateau for his career during North Duplin’s 55-0, non-conference thrashing of Lejeune on Friday evening.

Armwood rambled for 170 yards and a career-high five touchdowns. He boosted his all-time totals to 1,082 yards and 18 TDs in 12 games.

Senior Luis Olivos, a former all-Carolina 1A Conference performer, amassed 114 yards and a touchdown on just six carries. Branden Reyna added 37 yards and a touchdown on eight totes.

“DuJuan and Luis both ran very hard…hard to bring down at times,” said Rebels head coach Hugh Martin. “The guys up front did a good job creating initial running lanes for them.”

Freshman quarterback Luke Kelly completed two passes, including a five-yard TD strike to junior Levi George.

The Rebels averaged 12.1 yards on 27 offensive plays.

“Offensively, we’re getting into a little bit better groove and we’re able to execute,” Martin said. “More room for growth for us. If we can continue to progress, we can expand on what we do offensively.”

North Duplin’s defense kept the Devilpups on a short leash. 

Lejeune managed just 59 yards of total offense on 23 plays and couldn’t overcome five turnovers. Armwood, Reyna and Donovan Armwood each logged an interception. 

Donovan Armwood recovered two fumbles.

“Defensively, we played well,” Martin said. “We had several turnovers that we were able to capitalize on. Our defensive backs and linebackers did a good job of getting back in coverage and breaking on the ball. We ran to the ball well, which is what we’ve been doing [all season], but not always in the right position.”

North Duplin seized its seventh straight win over Lejeune and 16th overall in 22 meetings.

The Rebels (2-2 overall) return home Friday to face Pamlico County. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at H.E. Grubbs Field.

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