Surging Chargers hosting Pam Pack
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.
NASH CENTRAL (2-3) AT FARMVILLE CENTRAL (1-5)
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.
NORTH PITT (0-6) AT SOUTHWEST EDGECOMBE (4-1)
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.
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