"We just made a lot of mistakes [in the first half]," said Powell. "They were doubling on my side."
After both schools were shutout in the third quarter, Danny Dembry scored on a one-yard run with 9:32 remaining in the fourth quarter to bring the score to 24-22.
Powell, a 6-foot-4 295-pound defensive tackle, then took control. On both first and second down, Powell came up with the stops setting up a third-and-three. During the next play, Powell penetrated the offensive line, but a hold kept him from making the tackle and resulted in a temporary first down. The penalty was called bringing the play back.
On third-and-long, Rocky Mount converted the first down on a pass interference call and continued to drive down the field.
With 6 minutes remaining in the game, Powell and a slew of Hertford County defenders stuffed Rocky Mount on a third-and-one, while a penalty on fourth down gave the Bears the ball on their own 48-yard line.
"When it comes down to the wire you got to give it all that you got," said Powell. "I figured out how to get out of the double team and I made some big plays."
An interception with less than a minute remaining sealed the 24-22 victory for Rocky Mount.
Powell ended the night with ten tackles (six solo) including a sack for a four-yard loss.
Among the spectators in attendance was North Carolina assistant coach, Kenny Browning.
Recently, Powell named the five schools he will take official visits to, which didn't include UNC, his former leader and childhood favorite.
"It's a top five, but really it's a six with Carolina," said Powell. "I'm just not going to take an official there because I've been there so much. I know what the campus is like and all."
In addition to attending North Carolina's three-day individual camp in June and their one-day individual camp in July, Powell attended both the Rutgers and Virginia Tech games in Chapel Hill earlier this month.
So far, Powell has only scheduled an official visit with Penn State (October 14th against Michigan), but said he hopes to have things setup with Virginia Tech, Auburn, Florida State, and Tennessee by the end of next week.