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South Central football coach Andy Tew


The Daily Reflector

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Andy Tew admits it was difficult during the season to stand back and take a lot of enjoyment in the historic season his South Central football team was putting together.

The passage of time since his team’s season ended in the third round of the 4-A state playoffs has allowed Tew to gain some perspective on a season that saw his squad double its win total from 2016, a leap that earned Tew this year’s Daily Reflector all-county coach of the year award.

The Falcons set a school record for victories with a 10-3 campaign that also netted them the program’s first third-round playoff appearance, but Tew said his favorite part of his team’s great year went beyond just seeing the wins happen on the field. Instead, it was more about watching the mindset develop among his players that led to them.

“Just seeing how special the season turned out with how much those guys wanted it and their belief and their confidence throughout the season,” he said. “How they started jelling as a team and figuring out ways to win as a team. They had a goal and once they had that goal in mind, you could see that they had a plan to achieve that goal and a set of steps that was going to get them to that goal.

“You start reflecting, going back and looking over film from the first game to the last game and you just kind of see a growth in confidence and in the belief that they were going to win. That was fun to watch.”

In his third season as head coach of a program he’s been a part of since its inception, Tew and South Central earned three more victories in 2017 than in the previous two seasons combined and returned to the postseason for the first time since 2014.

Two years ago, the Falcons went 2-9 in Tew’s first year. This season, they flipped that regular season record to 9-2. Though he said there is still work to do before SC is regarded as a perennial contender, Tew said he was proud of the steps this year’s team took in that direction.

“I think we did that as a team, but I don’t know that one year does it as a program,” he said. “We still have a lot of achievements that we want to continue to go after and chase, but I do think as far as a singular team and singular year, they took great strides toward making South Central football a name people discuss and that we can be proud of as a school and a community.”


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High Schools

November 13, 2018

Pitt County high school football teams finished a perfect 4-0 in the final week of the regular season, while Greene Central almost pulled out an upset of 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference champion Kinston.

Ayden-Grifton (7-4, 4-2) put up another strong outing, shutting out South Lenoir on the road,…

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November 10, 2018

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association released its brackets Saturday afternoon informing teams of their paths to a state title. 

Ayden-Grifton saw a change in its seeding just before the brackets were finalized. A-G started the day as a 14-seed, scheduled to play South Granville.…


November 10, 2018

The Greene Central Rams looked to pull off one of the biggest upsets of the season against undefeated Kinston, and nearly did. In the end, however, one key play ended any thought of knocking off the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference leader.

Looking at a first-and-goal from the 10-yard line, it seemed…


November 09, 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. 

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November 08, 2018

Ayden-Grifton football brought its regular season to a close on a high note, defeating South Lenoir, 42-0, on Thursday night.

Quarterback Blake McLawhorn threw two touchdown passes on the night, both going to running back JC Darden, who looked much like his older brother, starting running back Ray…


November 08, 2018

Rose forward Tyre Taft had his soccer career at J.H. Rose come to an end Tuesday night after a 1-0 loss to Chapel Hill in the second round of the state playoffs. Taft finished with 17 goals, two assists and 36 points over 39 games played. Taft was a captain and leader of the Rampants on their way…


November 07, 2018

The J.H. Rose soccer team saw its season end in the second round of the state playoffs Tuesday night after a 1-0 upset loss to Chapel Hill. 

The 12-seeded Tigers got on the board early in the first half, as Kevin Morales got the ball past Rose (18-5-1) goal keeper Trey Burelson just over six…


November 06, 2018

Fines, multiple suspensions and student penalties were among the punishments in the wake of last Thursday’s post-game brawl between the D.H. Conley and South Central High School football teams, according to a Pitt County Schools statement on Tuesday.

“School fines were levied,…


November 06, 2018

Thursday’s 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference football championship game ended in an all-out brawl, as South Central (10-0, 6-0) defeated D.H. Conley (7-3, 5-1), 28-27.

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November 04, 2018


I saw something new Saturday night at Reynolds Coliseum. D.H Conley’s volleyball team was trailing.

The Vikings may have surrendered a few points here and there in the beginning of a first set during the regular season, of course, but to be as deep as 20 points into a set and…

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