No BYH to Trump voters, you elected a bulldozer to our norms, institutions and very stability. and whatever happens...

PIGSKIN PREVIEW: Rampants armed for going long


J.H. Rose's Grant Jarman, left, looks for the pass while being chased down by South Central's Tyler Mckoy during their game on Friday Sept. 22, 2017. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)


By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Friday, August 17, 2018

J.H Rose has worked to perfect its passing game through years of refinement by head coach Dave Wojtecki.

A combination of length at wide receiver and smart decision-making by senior quarterback Grant Charles Jarman can lead to another successful year through the air, and possibly a reverse of last season’s 3-8 finish.

Jarman threw for 2,375 yards on 180-for-305 passing, which included 26 touchdowns versus 14 interceptions.

Those stats combined to give him a 93.0 quarterback rating. QBR helps assess how efficient and productive a quarterback is on a scale of one to 100.

Despite the team’s down year in 2017, Jarman continued to produce statistically compared with the other quarterbacks in the conference. He finished fourth in total yardage behind Holton Ahlers of D.H. Conley, Dexter McDuffie of South Central and Ezekiel Best of Eastern Wayne. He also finished fourth in passing yardage. Jarman and the Rose offense produced against many different schemes. 

On the outside of the Rampants’ formations lie several threats to opposing defenses. Most important of them is senior Ben Harris, who led the Rampants in receiving as a junior with 1,054 yards, ahead of second-leading receiver Grant Humphreys by 595 yards. 

At 6-foot-6, Harris has the height and wingspan to make plays, especially against one-on-one man coverage. 

“The deep ball has got to be the strongest part of my game,” Harris said. “I’m able to outrun defensive backs, and in the red zone I’m able to out-jump them on the 50/50 balls, which is my strongest suit,” Harris said. 

Harris said he understands after his highly successful season last year, cornerbacks and safeties will be working hard to hold him to as little of an impact as possible.

“At this point the passing game looks pretty similar to last year,” Rampants head coach Dave Wojtecki said. “We have a lot of weapons who have been here a long time — Ben Harris, Jake Henry Rogers, Zane Noles, Ethan Boyer and Wesley Shade — we've had them here the whole time, so it looks good.”

Harris is at the top of towering corps that averages 6-4.

“Harris is 6-6, Jake Henry Rogers is 6-5 and Wesley Shade is 6-4,” Wojtecki said. “It’s nice to have that length, and they are strong physical kids as well. We should get 50/50 balls. It’s just nice to have a big target out there for the quarterback.”

As juniors, Harris, Rogers and Shade pulled in a combined 1,530 yards. As a whole, the Rampants offense had 2,500 receiving yards on the season, showing that the production of these new seniors will play a critical role in the overall success of the team. 

Due to their extended time on and off the field spent together, Jarman has a good relationship with his receivers.

“It’s good to have that relationship. It’s nice, we are on the same page,” Harris said. “If we want to audible a route, we just look at each other and we know what we want to do. It’s a good connection.”

If Jarman and his offensive group can keep the Rose offense moving down the field, it will be difficult to walk away with a win against the Rampants.


Humans of Greenville


Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.

High Schools

January 20, 2019

All six Pitt County high schools descended on D.H. Conley Saturday morning to determine which wrestlers were the best of the best. Over the course of five and a half hours, teams competed and fought for the right to be claimed the top in the county. 

It was North Pitt who won the team…


January 20, 2019

During a routine practice at South Central, the sounds of balls dribbling and squeaking shoes on a freshly waxed court provide the background noise heard in nearly every other gym in the country.

However, things are slightly different in Wintervillle, as the Falcons sport a young man who has been…


January 19, 2019

The undefeated Farmville Central boys basketball team moved to 15-0 on the year after an 89-61 win over conference foe Nash Central on Friday night. 

The dynamic trio of Terquavion Smith (18 points), Justin Wright (18 points) and Dyquavis Smith (15 points) accounted for over half of FC’s…


January 19, 2019

Local wrestling squads are prepared to do battle Saturday morning at D.H. Conley High School to determine who are the kings of the county in the Pitt County Championships. 

The host Vikings have proven to once again be a powerhouse in the wrestling world. With a strong 34-5 overall record, the…


January 18, 2019

William Knight is known for his success with the North Pitt girls’ basketball program, including a bringing a state championship back to Bethel in the 2017-18 season. For his efforts, Knight was recognized as the North Carolina coach of the year in girls’ basketball by the National…


January 17, 2019

Ayden-Grifton senior Jordan Atkinson understands that hard work leads to success. A key cog on the Chargers basketball team, he is also already a committed college athlete. Preps beat writer Jake Keator spoke with Atkinson about A-G basketball and his future at the college level. 

Q: How did…


January 15, 2019

High School football coaches from across North Carolina met in Greenville on Saturday morning to discuss schemes, practice tips and building programs at the fourth annual Eastern North Carolina Football Coaches Association clinic.

The event has had many homes over the years, including most recently…


January 11, 2019

A new recruiting period opened nationwide for college football on Friday, which coincided in Greenville at the Holiday Inn with a unique meeting of high school and college coaches from all over the state and even a prep state champion coach from South Carolina.

The fourth annual Eastern North…


January 11, 2019

Turnovers and poor shooting sank the Ayden-Grifton girls basketball team against North Lenoir Friday night, 68-53. 

“We came out really flat early and turned the ball over a lot,” Chargers head coach Charles Kessel said. “That gave them easy points and put us in a hole.…


January 10, 2019

D.H. Conley posted a sweep in its first swim meet back from winter break, scoring 225 points in the girls’ standings and 220 in the boys in a meet featuring New Bern, West Carteret and Croatan as the Vikings’ closest competitors.

Conley girls who won in relay events…

130 stories in High Schools. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 13
        Next Page»   Last Page»