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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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