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PREVIEW: Final week of the regular season

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J.H. Rose's Michael Allen runs the ball during a game against South Central on Nov. 1, 2019.


By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Friday, November 8, 2019

After long season area football teams have finally reached the end of the regular season. For some teams it mark the end of the road for the 2019 season, for others, this last week provides one more tune up ahead of the playoffs. Check out the final matchups of the regular season tonight.

D.H. Conley (7-3, 5-0) at South Central (5-5, 2-3), 7 p.m.

its been seven weeks since D.H. Conley found itself on the wrong side of the scoreboard, and it'll look to end its regular season slate with a perfect record in 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference play.

Quarterback Nick Hamilton and wide receiver Leshawn Atchinson are in the groove, making the Vikings offense extremely difficult to slow down. The DHC offense has not scored less than 30-points over the course of its win streak, averaging 42.7 points per game.

South Central will have to find another way to gain an advantage, as it won't want to find itself in a shootout with the rival Vikings. Against teams ranked higher in the 3-A/4-A ECC standings (New Bern, C.B. Aycock and J.H. Rose) the Falcons have been outscored 118-27. SC will need a full team effort in order to pull off the big upset tonight at home.

North Pitt (2-8, 1-3) at Farmville Central (0-10, 0-4), 7 p.m.

No team has faced more struggles this season than Farmville Central, and the difficult road is finally at an end. Jaguars fans will surely be excited to see its defending state champion basketball team take to court, and quickly forget what has been a very disappointing football season filled with turmoil on and off the field.

North Pitt on the other hand is happy to have seen improvement on the field translate to a better record than the previous three seasons, and a win over FC would be the perfect way to end the season.

It's taken two seasons, but Panthers players seem to have fully bought in, and fully understand the system and culture head coach Greg Watford is trying to put in place. Things are improving in Bethel, and the future looks brighter than it has as of late.

Greene Central (4-6, 2-4) at Washington (7-3, 4-1), 7 p.m.

The homestretch of the season has taken a steep turn for the worse for the Rams, who have gone scoreless for the past three games. Things get no easier when they hit the road to take on the Washington Pam Pack.

Head coach Jason Wilson found success in his first season at the helm, but the loss of his starting running back Knowledge Branch put a hurt on the teams offensive production, though JV call ups, such as Jayden Tyson did provide some help.

Washington has given up just 60 points to 2-A ECC opponents, the best mark in the conference. It will be a very difficult task for GC to bring down Pam Pack.

GAME OF THE WEEK: Kinston (6-4, 7-3) at Ayden-Grifton (7-2, 3-2), 7 p.m.

There's no better way to end the regular season than another highly anticipated matchup in the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference.

The Chargers have found new life with a fully healthy roster, and bring a three-game winning streak into tonights game where it has outscored opponents 109-8. Led by an offense that never quits, A-G has started playing its best football when it matters most. After seeing their playoff hopes ended at the hands of the Vikings in overtime last season A-G is ready for revenge.

Kinston enters tonight on a two-game win streak, and is looking to end an up and down regular season with a big confidence boosting victory ahead of the playoffs.


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