New Bern fans were hoping for an all-around celebratory Friday night as Homecoming and Senior Night coincided with the regular-season football finale.

However, Eastern Wayne had other plans as they came in and left with a 38-8 victory.

The loss likely marked the end of year one for the Bears under new coach Steve Tapley.

Playoff brackets will be released Saturday but the Bears figure to be left off.

"There's a lot of potential for the future for our kids and I absolutely hate it for the seniors," Tapley said.

"It has to be done in the offseason, we've got to get faster, stronger and most of all tougher."

Tapley is big on guys playing other sports and he wants his guys to either play a spring sport, wrestle in the winter and/or run track in spring.

New Bern finishes with a 2-9 record with wins over West Craven and Southern Wayne.

Eastern Wayne finishes its season at 5-5, 3-3.

The Bears' program had not lost nine games in a season since 1977.

Friday night was promising at halftime as the Homecoming ceremonies commenced because New Bern trailed just 14-8 and entered the locker room off a red-zone stop of the Warriors.

But the third quarter saw Eastern Wayne assert itself as New Bern was held to negative yardage in the quarter and couldn't generate any positivity on offense.

"I think, for whatever reason, we just stopped being aggressive," Tapley said of the third quarter and second half.

"We made good decisions mostly in the first half and fired off the ball, just couldn't convert in the red zone in the first half. In the second half, we didn't have all of that."

The New Bern team that finished Friday night was different in many ways than the one that started on Aug. 1.

A handful of players weren't still with the team and several young guys were thrust into main roles on the varsity level.

One of those is sophomore Kahmaad Scriven, who has played quarterback for the Bears since the game against Pamlico County almost a month ago.

Scriven said he has tried to learn as fast he could on the fly but as is customary with athletes, growing pains often come in those freshmen/sophomore years.

"I think I'm learning how to lead, how to not blame myself and pick everybody up and just play ball," Scriven said.

"I know I have to work hard in the weight room, work hard on my reads and on throwing the ball this offseason."

Scriven will still be seeking his first win as a varsity quarterback when the Bears start back next fall but like all of his returning teammates, he hopes the best is yet to come.

 

Eastern Wayne   0  14  10  14 - 38

New Bern          0   8    0   0 - 8

 

Second Quarter

EW - Marcus Rouse 72 pass from Desmond Vaughn (Angus Dove kick)

EW - Demonta Edwards 24 pass from Vaughn (Dove kick)

NB - Kahmaad Scriven 8 run (Scriven pass to Steven Thompson for 2-point conversion)

 

Third Quarter

EW - Rouse 33 pass from Vaughn (Dove kick)

EW - Dove 31 field goal

 

Fourth Quarter

EW - Davit Stennett 23 pass from Vaughn (Dove kick)

EW - Junious Tyson 14 run (Dove kick)

 

Team Statistics

                               EWHS         NBHS

Total Offense            379             234

First Downs               11               15

Rushes-Yards         36-156          39-79

Passing Yards           223              155

Comp-Att-Int          9-21-0         10-24-1

Turnovers                  3                 2

Fumbles-Lost            4-3              2-1

Penalties-Yards        8-76             3-42

 

Individual Stats

Passing: Eastern Wayne - Desmond Vaughn - 9-for-21 for 223 yards (4 TD); New Bern - Kahmaad Scriven 10-24 for 155 yards (INT).

Rushing: Eastern Wayne - Junious Tyson 21 carries for 106 yards (TD), Demonta Edwards 1-18, Ahmari Johnson 2-10, Vaughn 4-7, Quadrez Lassiter 3-5, Marcus Rouse 1-5, Prentice Uzzell 2-4, Andrew Fricks 2-1; New Bern - Scriven 14-45 (TD), Dimtrell Tucker 13-30, Jamie Brown 3-9, Malachi Brice 6-1, Kalen Lancaster 3-(-6).

Receiving: Eastern Wayne - Rouse - 3 receptions for 124 yards (2 TD), Edwards 4-72 (TD), Davit Stennett 1-23 (TD), Tyson 1-4; New Bern - Chandler Smith 2-51, Tay'quan Bryan 2-48, Kyle Kirian 1-22, Andre Puente 3-21, Steven Thompson 2-13.

 

Jordan Honeycutt can be reached at 252-635-5670 or at jordan.honeycutt@newbernsj.com