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Ayden-Grifton'sMicheal Webb, top, jumps over teammate Ray Darden as Farmville Central's Walter Cherry, right, looks to tackle during their game on Sept. 7, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)


By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Friday, October 5, 2018

Ay­den-Grifton’s foot­ball team was dom­i­nant in Pitt County its last two games, look­ing like a re­ju­ve­nated team in shut­ting out Far­mville Cen­tral and win­ning 35-7 at North Pitt a week ago.

New stars, such as run­ning back Kevin Boomer, are emerg­ing and A-G is back to look­ing more like the fa­mil­iar hard-nosed, ground-and-pound of­fense with a de­fen­sive group stingy against the run.

Both will be tested tonight as A-G (3-2) wel­comes in non­con­fer­ence foe Wash­ing­ton (2-3) to Lit­tle­field.

The Pam Pack al­ready has tested 3-A op­po­nent D.H. Con­ley in a 56-45 loss on Aug. 31. Other than the close call with DHC, the Pam Pack’s re­sults have been 46-6, 48-0, 44-0 and 28-0. They are 2-2 in those games.

A-G has shown some con­sis­tency on de­fense. On of­fense, a three-headed rush­ing mon­ster in Boomer, Ray Dar­den and Micheal Webb will look to over­whelm Wash­ing­ton’s de­fense.

PREDICTION: Ay­den-Grifton has a great chance to win this game, but it won’t be easy. The Charg­ers’ de­fense will need to play tight in the mid­dle of the field, and rely on their de­fen­sive backs to lock down Pam Pack re­ceivers on the out­side if they want to move to 4-2.

D.H. CONLEY (3-2, 1-0) AT C.B. AYCOCK (2-3, 0-1)

The Vik­ings look to con­tinue their roll of im­pres­sive play as they travel to Pikeville to face the Golden Fal­cons.

DHC’s of­fense has been ex­plo­sive all year, es­pe­cially lately. In a 56-26 thrash­ing of Eastern Wayne last week, the Vik­ings’ de­fense and spe­cial teams also made plays that turned into scores.

Quar­ter­back Nick Hamil­ton and wide re­ceiver CJ John­son are the stars on of­fense.

John­son has recorded three-plus touch­downs in four of five games. Hamil­ton, who has thrown for 1,245 yards and 17 touch­downs, has at least two touch­down passes in ev­ery game this sea­son, high­lighted by a six-touch­down per­for­mance against East Wake.

PREDICTION: Con­ley con­tin­ues its streak of dom­i­nat­ing op­po­nents, pick­ing up its sec­ond con­fer­ence vic­tory in the process.


The Jaguars are play­ing on short rest af­ter los­ing 20-16 to Greene Cen­tral on Tues­day. Coach Scott Gard­ner said his squad is on the verge of be­com­ing a good team if it can learn to stop the big play.

Brothers Sam and David Bar­rett, known around the team as “twin,” have im­proved the qual­ity of their rush­ing at­tempts, hit­ting gaps in the de­fense cre­ated by a strong Jags’ of­fen­sive line. Quar­ter­back Tavyon Suggs has also im­proved rush­ing the ball, though he is still work­ing on con­sis­tency with his passes.

The FC de­fense held an ex­plo­sive Greene Cen­tral of­fense, fea­tur­ing star player AJ Dupree, to 20 points. Se­nior Keziah Everett is per­form­ing as fans and coaches ex­pected in his fi­nal sea­son be­fore head­ing to East Carolina, dom­i­nat­ing be­hind the line of scrim­mage and rack­ing up tack­les for loss.

PREDICTION: Play­ing for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game on short rest, the Jaguars will need ev­ery ounce of en­ergy they have in this game. Nash Cen­tral, on the other hand, has had a full week to pre­pare, and the prepa­ra­tion will make the dif­fer­ence as the Bull­dogs walk away with the win.


Another dif­fi­cult matchup awaits the Pan­thers in trav­el­ing to face 2-A Eastern Plains Con­fer­ence foe SouthWest Edge­combe. The young NP squad is still learn­ing the de­tails of its team and has im­proved since Week 1 un­der first-year coach Greg Wat­ford, but has yet to se­cure a win.

North Pitt’s of­fense showed glimpses of be­ing very ef­fec­tive early in the year. It has strug­gled lately, to­tal­ing seven points in three con­tests.

PREDICTION: It seems un­likely that the Pan­thers can go on the road and knock off a deeper, stronger Cougars team. SouthWest Edge­combe pro­tects home turf against NP.

SOUTH CENTRAL (6-0, 2-0) AT EASTERN WAYNE (2-3, 0-1)

A per­fect record has earned South Cen­tral the top spot in the 3-A/‚Äč4-A Eastern Carolina Con­fer­ence, along with a jump in the As­so­ci­ated Press top-10 rank­ings in the 4-A clas­si­fi­ca­tion, from 10th to No. 9 this week.

De­spite some close calls through­out the sea­son, big plays on both sides of the ball have paced SC. This week, the Fal­cons face a War­riors squad com­ing off the wrong side of a blowout against Con­ley.

Run­ning back Je­mere Ar­tis is hav­ing a fan­tas­tic sea­son and could see a heavy work­load again tonight. Also fea­tured in the dan­ger­ous Fal­con of­fense is ver­sa­tile quar­ter­back Justin Humphries throwing to tal­ented re­ceivers such as Nazir Mon­roe-Smith and Jeremy Lewis.

The Fal­cons’ de­fense and will face a smaller Eastern Wayne O-Line.

PREDICTION: It’s an­other win for the Fal­cons, who have a strong chance to win their next two games (New Bern, C.B. Ay­cock), be­fore their show­down with D.H. Con­ley on Nov. 2.

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


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