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Vikings, others to end regular season


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)


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

January 23, 2019

It’s been 15 years since former Ayden-Grifton and Farmville Central coach Roland “Dixon” Sauls stepped away from coaching. His illustrious 28-year career between the two schools included several titles and awards, but later this year Sauls will add yet another accomplishment to…


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With South Central’s boys’ basketball team already established as the favorite in the Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference, the South Central girls also took a step in that direction Tuesday night at rival D.H. Conley.

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January 22, 2019

Farmville Central’s Justin Wright posted a game-high 31 points in the Jaguars 93-75 victory over Vance County Monday night, capping an exciting day of basketball at the MLK Invitational Tournament in Farmville.

Terquavion Smith and Semage Teel both poured in 18 points, while Dyquavis…


January 20, 2019

During a routine practice at South Central, the sounds of balls dribbling and squeaking shoes on a freshly waxed court provide the background noise heard in nearly every other gym in the country.

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January 20, 2019

All six Pitt County high schools descended on D.H. Conley Saturday morning to determine which wrestlers were the best of the best. Over the course of five and a half hours, teams competed and fought for the right to be claimed the top in the county. 

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January 19, 2019

The undefeated Farmville Central boys basketball team moved to 15-0 on the year after an 89-61 win over conference foe Nash Central on Friday night. 

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January 19, 2019

Local wrestling squads are prepared to do battle Saturday morning at D.H. Conley High School to determine who are the kings of the county in the Pitt County Championships. 

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January 18, 2019

William Knight is known for his success with the North Pitt girls’ basketball program, including a bringing a state championship back to Bethel in the 2017-18 season. For his efforts, Knight was recognized as the North Carolina coach of the year in girls’ basketball by the National…


January 17, 2019

Ayden-Grifton senior Jordan Atkinson understands that hard work leads to success. A key cog on the Chargers basketball team, he is also already a committed college athlete. Preps beat writer Jake Keator spoke with Atkinson about A-G basketball and his future at the college level. 

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January 15, 2019

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