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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

October 16, 2018

J.H. Rose put on a performance reminiscent of the beginning of its season with a 55-0 rout of Southern Wayne last Wednesday night. 

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October 13, 2018

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October 13, 2018

North Johnston kicker Graham Walston spoiled homecoming for the Farmville Central Jaguars on Friday night, kicking a 20-yard field goal as time expired to cap off a furious second half comeback. The Panthers walked away with a 31-29 victory. 

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October 12, 2018

The weather once again played a factor in the scheduling of high school football games in Pitt County this week. In preparation for the arrival of the remnants of Hurricane Michael, J.H. Rose and D.H. Conley both played road games on Wednesday and both teams walked away with wins.

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J.H. Rose and D.H. Conley both saw their road games moved to Wednesday to prepare for the arrival of Tropical Storm Michael, which is expected to become a hurricane and affect the region later this week.

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October 09, 2018

Take a look at how local high school football teams are set as the season enters the home stretch:


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