It was all defense for Orange in the second half of its 26-14 win over Person on Thursday night at Auman Stadium. Senior Jackson Wood has several big stops on Person quarterback Cole Garrett. In the second quarter, senior linebacker Connor Ray jumped on a loose ball, which set up Orange’s final touchdown of the night from junior running back Ronald Cooper. Person threatened several times in the third quarter to narrow Orange’s lead, but junior linebacker Jake Wimsatt came up with two big plays. The first was on an interception in the fourth quarter at the Orange 47-yard line. The second came on Person’s final serious drive after the Rockets had driven to the Orange 4-yard line. On 4th-and-goal, Wimsatt tackled Person wide receiver Chad Raglin on a reverse, which ended the drive and ensured Orange’s first Central Carolina Conference win. It was Orange’s seventh straight victory over Person, and it was the first conference game between the Rockets and the Panthers in 21 years. Orange will look to continue the momentum when they face Northwood in Pittsboro next week.

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