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Falcons rising, seeking postseason success

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South Central players run drills during practice on June 13, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)


By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The South Central Falcons are ready to take the next step, the step to a state title.

The Falcons finished with an impressive 10-3 record in 2017, going 5-1 in the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference. 

With the team’s only losses coming at the hands of Southwest Edgecombe on Aug. 31, 28-26, D.H. Conley on Nov. 3, 78-43, and Scotland, 75-34, in the second round of the state playoffs, the Falcons are ready to fix the mistakes and make the push to once again contend in the postseason.

The game has changed for the Falcons, who will now be without standout quarterback Dexter McDuffie due to graduation. That leaves rising senior Caleb Woodley to take the reigns of the high-flying Falcons offense. 

“He’s the guy right now because he’s getting the reps with the No. 1 team, but at this point everything is up for grabs,” SC head coach Andy Tew said. “He’s got the most reps, he played varsity last year and actually started one game last year and won. So right now, he’s the front runner.”

Tew added that junior varsity call-up, junior Justin Humphries, will be backing up Woodley, though he aims not to designate Humphries as a back up but as a role player. He looks to stray away form the starter/back-up system and show those not starting that they have a greater purpose to the team.

Woodley shows good instincts and accuracy with solid footwork. He will need all of his skills to not only bring South Central back into its winning ways once again this season, but to push them to the next level. 

The Falcons also have lots of tall wide receivers on their roster who pack plenty of explosiveness off the line. 

“Last year, we had a real athletic quarterback and some real athletic running backs and slots,” Tew said. “This year, we have some big targets who have the ability and some speed, so we want to put in an offense that works best with the attributes that we have.”

The Falcons will kick off their 2018 campaign with a road test against Greene Central on Aug. 17. They then begin the first of a three-game homestand with a matchup with West Craven on Aug. 24. Southwest Edgecombe and North Pitt will then visit the Falcons, followed by a trip to play Hertford County on Sept. 14.

On Sept. 21, J.H Rose will visit Winterville, followed by a two-game roadtrip to Southern Wayne and Eastern Wayne. New Bern and C.B. Aycock will then take their turn against the Falcons, with the team ending its regular season on the road with an in-county trip to D.H. Conley on Nov. 2.

Tew said it is too early to determine which players have put themselves in a position to excel in the 2018 season, but he believes the Falcons will be as powerful as ever, and have their sights set high. 

Contact Jake Keator at 252-329-9594 or jkeator@reflector.com and follow @JakeKeatorDR on twitter.


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