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Vikings, others to end regular season

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D.H. Conley’s Matthew Rostar, right, makes a catch while being defended by Eastern Wayne’s Isaac Crossland during their game on Sept. 28, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Friday, November 9, 2018

The final week of the high school football regular season is here as local teams, including D.H. Conley (7-3, 5-1), use to make up previously postponed contests during hurricane season. 

The Vikings received some good news Tuesday night, as they learned they will be allowed to continue on into postseason play following their postgame fight with South Central last week. Pitt County Schools made the ruling and suspended players on both sides. Both coaches, including Vikings head coach Nate Conner, were required to take a leadership course prior to the start of their next games.

The Vikings will end the regular season with a trip to face 2-A foe West Craven (6-4, 5-1). The Vikings game against the Eagles was postponed after Hurricane Florence earlier this year.

DHC should have little trouble handling West Craven. A deeper roster, despite suspensions, and more talent make them clear favorites in the contest.

PREDICTION: The Vikings end the regular season on a high note, easily taking care of the 2-A Eagles. 

SOUTH CENTRAL (10-0, 6-0), AT HERTFORD COUNTY (5-4, 4-1)

Like their Conley counterparts, the Falcons are relieved to know they too will be allowed to participate in the postseason and attempt to cap off an undefeated season.

SC is also facing a 2-A foe in Hertford County. The only comparison that can be made between these two programs is the single common opponent, North Pitt. The Bears defeated the Panthers 45-0, while the Falcons also earned a win by shutout, downing NP, 40-0.

After making a key play in the Falcons’ 28-27 win over Conley, defensive end Jeremy Lewis should have another fantastic night on both sides of the ball. He and the rest of the powerful Falcons D-line should face no issues tracking down the Bears’ quarterback. The game will also serve as a rest period for injured starting quarterback Justin Humphries, who is recovering from a foot injury. It is expected back-up quarterback Caleb Woodley will once again start in his place.

PREDICTION: The Falcons cruise past the Bears to move to 11-0 on the year. They will await their seeding for the 4-A state playoffs, which will be released Saturday. 

KINSTON (9-0, 5-0), AT GREENE CENTRAL (6-4, 3-2)

The Rams offense has been lacking as of late, as quarterback B.J. Corbitt and running back AJ Dupree have been less effective than normal, leaving the Rams offense to find other ways to move the ball downfield. 

Back-up running back Knowledge Branch has shown flashes of his talent in the backfield and has Rams fans excited for when he takes over the starting position next season. Branch, Corbitt and Dupree will all need to play perfect if GC wants to steal the first win of the season against Kinston.

PREDICTION: The 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference-leading Vikings take care of the Rams on the road and cap off a perfect regular season. With the result, the Rams will be on the bubble to see if they earn a post season berth.

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High Schools

November 13, 2018

Pitt County high school football teams finished a perfect 4-0 in the final week of the regular season, while Greene Central almost pulled out an upset of 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference champion Kinston.

Ayden-Grifton (7-4, 4-2) put up another strong outing, shutting out South Lenoir on the road,…

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November 10, 2018

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association released its brackets Saturday afternoon informing teams of their paths to a state title. 

Ayden-Grifton saw a change in its seeding just before the brackets were finalized. A-G started the day as a 14-seed, scheduled to play South Granville.…

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November 10, 2018

The Greene Central Rams looked to pull off one of the biggest upsets of the season against undefeated Kinston, and nearly did. In the end, however, one key play ended any thought of knocking off the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference leader.

Looking at a first-and-goal from the 10-yard line, it seemed…

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November 09, 2018

The final week of the high school football regular season is here as local teams, including D.H. Conley (7-3, 5-1), use to make up previously postponed contests during hurricane season. 

The Vikings received some good news Tuesday night, as they learned they will be allowed to continue on into…

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November 08, 2018

Ayden-Grifton football brought its regular season to a close on a high note, defeating South Lenoir, 42-0, on Thursday night.

Quarterback Blake McLawhorn threw two touchdown passes on the night, both going to running back JC Darden, who looked much like his older brother, starting running back Ray…

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November 08, 2018

Rose forward Tyre Taft had his soccer career at J.H. Rose come to an end Tuesday night after a 1-0 loss to Chapel Hill in the second round of the state playoffs. Taft finished with 17 goals, two assists and 36 points over 39 games played. Taft was a captain and leader of the Rampants on their way…

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November 07, 2018

The J.H. Rose soccer team saw its season end in the second round of the state playoffs Tuesday night after a 1-0 upset loss to Chapel Hill. 

The 12-seeded Tigers got on the board early in the first half, as Kevin Morales got the ball past Rose (18-5-1) goal keeper Trey Burelson just over six…

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November 06, 2018

Fines, multiple suspensions and student penalties were among the punishments in the wake of last Thursday’s post-game brawl between the D.H. Conley and South Central High School football teams, according to a Pitt County Schools statement on Tuesday.

“School fines were levied,…

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November 06, 2018

Thursday’s 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference football championship game ended in an all-out brawl, as South Central (10-0, 6-0) defeated D.H. Conley (7-3, 5-1), 28-27.

Following the end of the heated contest, South Central fans stormed the field, where a flag was planted in the…

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November 04, 2018

RALEIGH

I saw something new Saturday night at Reynolds Coliseum. D.H Conley’s volleyball team was trailing.

The Vikings may have surrendered a few points here and there in the beginning of a first set during the regular season, of course, but to be as deep as 20 points into a set and…

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