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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/​4-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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High Schools

February 16, 2019

GREENSBORO — After two days of intense competition leading up to Saturday night, Ayden-Grifton senior wrestler Ray Darden brought home the state championship crown at 195 pounds during 2-A action at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Darden defeated Will Frady of Smoky Mountain via a 3-2…

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February 16, 2019

With 5:30 left in the fourth quarter on Friday, Ayden-Grifton looked to capitalize on its furious second-half comeback and take its first lead of the night against Greene Central on senior night. 

A quick bucket in transition from Josh Wright tied the game at 46, but a pass between the legs of…


February 14, 2019

South Central boys’ basketball coach Chris Cherry picked up his 450th career win and the Falcons finished their regular season strong, winning 71-26 on senior night against D.H. Conley. The Falcons got off to a hot start, led by North Carolina commit Day’Ron Sharpe getting a putback…


February 14, 2019

Farmville Central senior big man Dyquavis Wilkins is nearing the end of his high school basketball career, with just a trip to the playoffs left between him and graduation. Wilkins spoke with preps beat writer Jake Keator about his time with the Jaguars and his future.

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February 13, 2019

South Central cruised to its 12th straight victory in front of a packed crowd, and North Carolina head coach Roy Williams, defeating C.B. Aycock, 56-25.

Williams visited Winterville to check in on commit and Falcons superstar forward Day’Ron Sharpe. 

“Coach Williams is a great man,…


February 13, 2019

College signings continued at J.H. Rose on Tuesday morning, as four more athletes across three sports confirmed where they will be heading to play at the next level.

Former Rose football captain David Sawyer Jr. announced he would sign with Columbia University (N.Y.). The prestigious Ivy League…


February 10, 2019

Multiple Pitt County high school wrestling teams competed in regional competitions Friday and Saturday. 

North Pitt led the way in the 2-A East Regional, held at Croatan High School, finishing third out of 25 schools with 118 points.

Raheem Jones finished first at 182 pounds after defeating…


February 09, 2019

D.H. Conley and J.H. Rose swimming teams wrapped up the 2018-19 season at the 3-A state championship finals held at Triangle Aquatics Center in Cary Friday night.

JHR’s girls squad finished 11th with 78 points, highlighted by Madeline Smith winning the title in the 100 freestyle, finishing…


February 08, 2019

D.H. Conley’s boys basketball team completed a three-game season sweep of crosstown rival J.H. Rose Friday night, defeating the Rampants 76-56.

The Vikings (13-8, 6-4) saw top production from a trio of seniors, including Jahmois Barnhill (18 points) and CJ Johnson (17 points). Gavin Russell…


February 08, 2019

Friends and family of four South Central athletes packed the school’s media center Thursday afternoon to watch as they announced their college choices.

Falcons football players Markell Gibbs and Myles White, softball and basketball teammates Amaya Evans and Marissa Roach and volleyball…

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