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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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High Schools

December 13, 2018

North Pitt junior wrestler Antonio Betancourt has shown promise as part of the Panthers squad. NP is coming off two wins at a tri-meet involving Eastern Wayne and Tarboro. Betancourt spoke with preps beat writer Jake Keator about the sport of wrestling and how he prepares for his matches. 



December 12, 2018

South Central remained undefeated on the basketball season after a big win over Bertie High School, 84-34, on Wednesday night in Winterville.

The game was pretty much in hand in the first quarter of the game due to the fast pace of the Falcons. They led 30-3 after the first period and…


December 12, 2018

North Pitt wrestling took home first place Tuesday night, topping Eastern Wayne and Tarboro in a tri-meet in Bethel.

The meet was originally scheduled to also include Nash Central. The Bulldogs were unable to attend due to not being in school on Tuesday.

The Panthers made easy work of the Warriors,…


December 08, 2018

Farmville Central’s boys’ basketball team defeated Greene Central for the second time this season, winning 72-64 in Snow Hill on Friday night.

The Jaguars (6-0) were led by a sensational performance by Terquavion Smith, who finished with 20 points, including four 3-pointers. Justin…


December 07, 2018

Pitt County East Carolina football recruits Jeremy Lewis of South Central and CJ Johnson of D.H. Conley doubled down on their commitments following the arrival of new head coach Mike Houston this week.

Attempts to reach Farmville Central’s Keziah Everett for comment were unsuccessful.



December 06, 2018

This time, Farmville Central wasted little time exerting its will.

The Jaguars started fast and never looked back in an 87-44 win over North Lenoir Wednesday. One day after needing a late run to defeat Ayden-Grifton 91-78, Farmville Central (5-0) led for all but the first 1:20 of the contest.


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December 06, 2018

South Central boys basketball took down Greene Central once again Wednesday night, earning an 80-41 victory. 

It was the second meeting of the young season for these two teams, with the Falcons also taking the win on the road, 92-61 on Nov. 27. 

The Falcons were once again led by North…


December 06, 2018

It’s not uncommon for students at John Paul II Catholic High School to congratulate 6-foot-4 junior guard Jordan Yarrell on a great performance. The leader of the Saints is a true utility player, working on becoming even more of a leader of the small squad. Athletic Director Sean Murphy…

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December 05, 2018

Farmville Central’s boys basketball team won the first round of its series with rival Ayden-Grifton Tuesday night, 91-78 in Littlefield. 

The Jaguars were led by their backcourt duo of Terquavion Smith (24 points) and Justin Wright (23 points). Dyquavis Wilkins also had a strong outing,…


December 01, 2018

The Farmville Central Jaguars maintained their perfect record and netted Larry Williford’s 300th-career win in the process after defeating Greene Central, 65-45, on Friday night in high school basketball action. 

The Jags were led by their dynamic backcourt duo of Terquavion Smith and…

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