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Greene Central’s B.J. Corbitt runs the ball during their game against Farmville Central on Oct. 2, 2018. (Mollly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)


By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Greene Central needed a late fourth-quarter interception to sneak away from Farmville Central with a win, 20-16, on Tuesday night in a high school football game rescheduled in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

The pass, thrown by Jaguars quarterback Tavyon Suggs, gave the Rams the ball with only one minute remaining to seal the game.

“We just have to believe we can make a play,” Jaguars head coach Scott Gardner said. “We still have one or two kids not giving the effort we want them to give but we are getting better. We have young kids learning to play football, and we are right at the edge of being a good football team.”

The loss was the Jags’ (1-5) fourth of the season by seven points or less.

Suggs finished 2-for-6 for for 21 yards, one touchdown and one INT. David Barrett was the Jags’  leading rusher with 24 carries for 75 yards and a touchdown.

For the Rams (4-2, 1-0), running back AJ Dupree had 20 carries for 167 yards and two touchdowns to lead the charge, while quarterback B.J. Corbitt finished 1-for-3 with two interceptions.

FC dominated in time of possession, using a controlled rushing attack to methodically move the ball downfield. Despite controlling the clock, the Jaguars only led 16-14 at halftime.

The Rams used a pair of big plays, a pass from Corbitt to Dupree for 33 yards, and a Dupree 52-yard rush to maintain field position.

After trading possessions, Dupree found space in the FC secondary and took off for 55 yards for the score to give the Rams the lead, 20-16.

The Jaguars blocked a Rams punt with just more than a minute to go, taking over at the Rams’ 30-yard line. The interception in the end zone once again snatched a close win from FC.

After facing Greene Central on just three days’ rest after a battle with Ayden-Grifton last Friday, the Jags must once again prepare to play on short rest, hosting Nash Central (2-3) this Friday.  

Contact Jake Keator at jkeator@reflector.com, 252-329-9594 and follow @JakeKeatorDR on Twitter.


J.H. Rose 3, Southern Wayne 0

The Rampants blanked Southern Wayne with three similar game wins: 25-12, 25-14 and 25-14.


The win was fueled by Holly Gibson's 16 assists, Tate Duke's 13 digs, Abby Wordsworth seven kills and Izzy Reeves six kills.

Parrott Academy 3, Cary Christian 1

Parrott's unbeaten ride continued with a second consecutive win over Cary Christian, 25-23, 23-25, 25-20 and 25-19.

APA (14-0) was by Alli Grant Avery's 30 kills, three blocks, nine points and two aces; Mackenzie Pope's 24 points, three aces, 22 assists and 15 kills; and Jorja Tuten's seven digs.

Parrott Academy 3,  Cary Christian 1

Parrott topped Cary Christian 3-1 to maintain its undefeated record (13-0) and hand Cary Christian its first loss of the season 25-21, 26-24, 21-25 and 25-15.

Avery was the leader for APA with 26 kills and 13 service points including five aces. Pope had 16 kills, 11 digs and 30 assists. Virginia Edmondson added nine digs and 13 assists.


J.H. Rose 7, Eastern Wayne 2

The Rampants rolled to an easy win on Tuesday, getting singles victories from Maryah Stokes (6-0, 6-1), Ginger Evans (6-3, 6-3), Ella Jones (6-0, 0-6, 10-7), Cecelia Richardson (6-1, 6-0), Mary Grace Smith (6-1, 6-0) and Ekta Shah (7-5, 7-5) to complete a clean sweep.

The Rose tandem of Stokes and Evans provided the Rampants' lone win in the doubles round to complete the win.

Parrott Academy 9, Grace Christian 0

Arden Riddle, Cameron Jones, Erika Gorrin-Rivas, Blythe Brantley, Allison Christiano and Mary Helen Hood win singles matches to lead Parrott to a sweep.

That same quintet helped Parrott (7-1) to a similar sweep the day before against the same Grace club. 


Cary Christian 2, Parrott Academy 1

Parrott fell short despite a shot off the crossbar late in the second half that could have tied it.

Cary Christian, the top-ranked team in the state, broke a 1-1 tie in the 71st minute off a corner kick.

APA had a 1-0 lead at the half after Harris Barker stashed home the rebound of his saved penalty kick.

The Patriots travel to St. David’s on Tuesday.

Cary Christian 8, Parrott Academy 0

APA fell top top-ranked Cary Christian on the road. Thomas Grubb and John Grice combined to make 13 saves and APA was outshot 22-8.


J.H. Rose tops Riverside

Rose’s boys’ and girls’ cross country teams topped Riverside in a dual meet held at J.H. Rose.

The Rose boys were led by Quang Tran (19:43), Brad Garland (19:49) and Minh Tran (20:02).

Leading runners for Rose's girls were Corry Eason (23:43), Murphy Fisher (24:31) and Morgan Owens (24:57). 

APA boys finish 2nd in RMA meet

Parrott competed with nine other schools at Rocky Mount Academy, and the APA boys finished second overall with 53 total points.

The group was led by Lucas Ouano, who finished second overall in 19:02. Teammate WIll Connolly finished seventh, Ben Hart 13thand David Fields 14th. 

The APA girls were led by sixth overall finisher Emily Piwowarski, who had a time of 24:40, and eighth overall finisher Mary Paul, who had a time of 26:01.


J.H. Rose 2, Southern Wayne 0

Rose rolled to game wins of 25-10 and 25-15, helped along by six-assist outings from Sloan Carlson and Jaden Aldridge.

Bella Hoch added four kills in the win.



Hope splits with A.G. Cox

Hope Middle School’s volleyball A-team (3-1) defeated A.G. Cox 25-10 and 25-9.

Kylah Silver recorded 11 service points, while Mallie Blizzard and Ava Hoch added eight points each. 

Hope’s B-team (3-1) fell to Cox, 25-22 and 25-14. Chelsey Thompson had five service points.



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