Falcons, Vikes keep rolling
By RONNIE WOODWARD
The Daily Reflector
Friday, September 8, 2017
BETHEL — South Central and North Pitt were both breaking in new quarterbacks Friday night, and both players found success using contrasting styles.
Usual receiver Izarion Blango and North Pitt seized early momentum, but it was SC (3-1) and pocket-passer Caleb Woodley who used big plays to pull away for a 40-7 victory.
It was 7-0 Panthers (1-3) late in a penalty-filled first half when Woodley connected with running back Nazir Monroe-Smith for two touchdown passes during the final 1:31 of the second quarter for the biggest plays of the game to put the Falcons up for good. Woodley, who was starting for injured dual-threat QB Dexter McDuffie, finished 14-of-23 for 296 yards and four TDs.
“We knew going into it that our game plan would be more about throwing the football,” SC coach Andy Tew said of Woodley compared to McDuffie. “That’s what Caleb was able to go out and do. We got off to a little bit of a rocky start, but I think once he settled in, he played good football.”
Two of South Central’s first four offensive possessions ended in fumbles lost. The first TD to Monroe-Smith was on a bubble screen in which the receiver raced by and around defenders for a 66-yard score. The second half features a 55-yard scoring pass to Jeremy Lewis.
Blango and the Panthers had a long drive near the end of the first period that resulted in them taking their lone lead. The QB scrambled for eight yards on a fourth-and-6 play, and two plays later, Antonio Dixon cashed in a 1-yard TD for a 7-0 NP lead.
“We are trying to examine ways where we can stop being so one-dimensional, and trying the new quarterback was a spark and definitely helped,” NP coach Garrett Wingate said. “He’s never taken a snap — ever — so he looked great for never taking a snap. I was very pleased with his play tonight. ... They eventually stopped us and got the momentum and when you get that momentum, it’s hard to stop it.”
North Pitt rusher Tyren Jenkins grinded for 81 yards, but it was the SC defense that seemed to gain confidence as the night wore on and shut out the Panthers after halftime.
“We played more disciplined football (in the second half),” Tew said. “We know we have some big-play capabilities and if we were able to hit some of those big plays, then we could distance ourselves from them a little bit and that would help our defense out.”
D.H. Conley 43, East Wake 8
D.H. Conley never looked back after setting the tone early Friday night, defeating winless East Wake 43-8 at home.
Conley wideout C.J. Johnson and slot back Matthew Rostar helped star quarterback Holton Ahlers finish 22-of-27 for 328 yards and six touchdowns. Johnson had four touchdowns and Rostar two for the Vikings, who have won three straight since their Week 1 loss.
“I thought our guys came out and executed well, we put a good plan in place and worked hard,” DHC coach Nate Conner said. “We had a really solid week at practice, and I feel like we just came out and executed really well tonight, in all phases.”
Despite the score, East Wake (0-4) fought until the final horn. The Warriors outscored the Vikings 8-0 in the fourth quarter, when Ahlers watched from the sideline after being lifted with the game in hand. Junior Daeveon Vick scored the Warriors’ only TD.
“The defense had a heck of a night. They controlled the line of scrimmage the whole night and really was able to shut down what they tried to do offensively,” Conner said. “They allowed us to get on the field and do what we love to do offensively.”
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Havelock 54, J.H. Rose 0
Havelock kept J.H. Rose winless on the year with a resounding home victory over the Rampants, pitching the shutout to extend Rose's worst start in recent history.
Rose (0-4) trailed 33-0 at halftime. The Rampants travel to Franklinton next week for its final nonconference game of the season.
D.H. Conley 3, New Bern 0
Scores: 25-20, 25-21, 25-17.
Leaders: DHC — Macy Smith 14 kills; Alannah Thomas 9 kills; Mary Horton 15 assists, 5 aces; Courtney Rupp 12 assists.
Record: DHC 9-0, 3-0.
Up next: DHC at J.H. Rose on Tuesday.
Knightdale 2, D.H. Conley 0
Record: DHC 4-4.
Up next: Farmville Central at DHC on Monday.
Cary Christian 5, Parrott Academy 1
Leaders: P — George Dismukes goal; Thomas Grubb 17 saves.
Record: P 2-8.
Parrott Academy 9, Wake Christian Academy 0
Singles: Arden Riddle d. Abbey Fordham 6-0, 6-0; Reagan Perry d. Julianne Amick 6-0, 6-0; Cameron Jones d. Michaela Swanson 6-0, 6-0; Blythe Brantley d. Kylee Perry 6-0, 6-0; Allison Christiano d. Breanna Sorrell 6-0, 6-0; Mia Minges d. Katie Hoyle 6-0, 6-0.
Doubles: Riddle/Jones d. Fordham/Amick 8-0; Perry/Brantley d. Swanson/Caroline Matthews 8-0; Christiano/Minges d. Mykaela Hinnant/Logan Winstead 8-0.
D.H. Conley 2, New Bern 0
Scores: 25-7, 25-15.
Leaders: DHC — Ellie Yancey 6 kills; Cameron Smith 3 kills, 3 blocks; Sara Dees 4 blocks, 6 aces.
Record: DHC 9-0, 3-0.