RECAP: Post season bound
By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Frida night's games were the end of the line for three area teams, North Pitt, Farmville Central and Greene Central. For the remaining teams, Ayden-Grifton, J.H. Rose, D.H. Conley and South Central, there is still work to be done in the state playoffs. See who stood out in the final week of the regular season.
ONE STAR: Panda Askew, Defensive tackle, D.H. Conley (2 INT's, 1 INT TD, 1 fumble recovered)
They say that offensive and defensive linemen don't get the credit they deserve, Friday night senior lineman Panda Askew made sure to remind everyone of why they need to remember his name.
Askew recorded his first and second career interceptions against South Central, taking one to the house while also recording a fumble recovery and a blocked extra point. He even took up a new position on special teams, stepping in at punter.
"When I was running I was looking to make sure I was running the right way," Askew joked when speaking with The Daily Reflector's Christopher Decker postgame.
It was a big game for a player who has proven season after season how solid play in the trenches can lead to wins.
TWO STARS: Michael Webb, Running back, Ayden-Grifton (18 carries, 109 yards, 4 TD's, 1 INT)
As the Chargers health improved over the back half of the regular season so did Webb's play, as a big night against rival Kinston led A-G to the win.
While Webb wasn't the the teams leading rushing on the evening, he did make the most of his workload, scoring all four of the Chargers touchdowns.
Webb is in a good position as the Chargers head to the 2-A playoffs for the 19th consecutive season, picking up goal line and red zone touches while Marlon Cannon helps push the ball down the field.
It is the third straight week Webb's effort has landed him a spot on the three stars list.
THREE STARS: Kevin Hamilton, Wide receiver, J.H. Rose (6 rec, 155 yards, 3 TD's)
In his two games since returning from injury Hamilton has racked up 12 receptions for 295 yards and five touchdowns. Combined with his previous outings Hamilton surpassed the 1,000 yard mark, ending the regular season with 56 receptions for 1,024 yards and 15 scores.
Once again he played a large role in helping the Rampants offense quickly dismantle the Southern Wayne defense. A combination of clean routes, freak athleticism and strong ball vision have helped elevate Hamilton into one of the top receiving threats around.
Hamilton and his team will face a difficult test when they travel for a rematch with their biggest rival, D.H. Conley, in the first round of the playoffs.
TEAM OF THE WEEK: D.H. Conley (8-3, 6-0) (Win, 41-6 at South Central (5-6, 2-4))
After falling just one point short of claiming the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference title over rival South Central in 2018, the Vikings left nothing to chance Friday. As the clock hit zero it was time for celebration foe DHC and its players, coaches and fans, as it capped off an incredible eight-game win streak to stay perfect in conference play and claim the title.
As the regular season progressed quarterback Nick Hamilton and the rest of the Vikings offense became more and more comfortable together on the field, much to the dismay of opponents. The defense also continued to step up, as both sides played a nearly perfect game in a rout of the defending conference champs.
After dropping three of tis four non-conference matchups the Vikings run showed just how dangerous the squad can become in the postseason. With a rematch with J.H. Rose on the horizon, fans will be in for another high flying offensive shootout.
J.H. Rose (6-5, 4-2) 45, Southern Wayne (1-10, 0-6) 8
Ayden-Grifton (8-2, 4-2) 27, Kinston (6-5, 3-3) 14
North Pitt (3-8, 2-3) 64, Farmville Central (0-11, 0-5) 12
Washington (8-3, 5-1) 28, Greene Central (4-7, 2-5) 8
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