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South Central escapes SouthWest Edgecombe

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South Central’s Nazir Monroe-Smith and Cydney Williams jump into the air to celebrate during their game against SouthWest Edgecombe on August 30, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Friday, August 31, 2018

South Central needed a 20-yard strike from quarterback Justin Humphries to Nazir Monroe-Smith with just 1:58 to go in the game to escape with a 22-15 win over SouthWest Edgecombe on Thursday.

Down 15-14 following a five-yard rushing touchdown from the Cougars’ Cortez Jones, Humphries, in for regular starting quarterback Caleb Woodley, put together a nine play, 55-yard drive, capped off by Monroe-Smith’s touchdown.

Humphries had a spectacular night through the air, going 12-for-19 for 222 yards and two touchdowns. The Falcons (3-0) ground game struggled against a strong SouthWest Edgecombe (2-1) defensive line and linebackers group, That didn’t stop Jemere Artis from racking up 99 yards on 13 attempts and scoring one touchdown. Monroe-Smith led the Falcons air raid, totaling 109 yards on five receptions and scoring two touchdowns. 

For the Cougars, quarterback Jayden Lewis struggled against the tough Falcons defense, going 4-10 for 80 yards. On the ground, Darntrell Council led the way with 99 yards on 13 attempts. Jordyn Clayton also helped out, providing 51 yards and a touchdown on 10 attempts. Jones provided the other SouthWest Edgecombe touchdown. 

In his postgame huddle, SC head coach Andy Tew told his team, “We won. It was ugly, but we won.” 

Tew saw there are a few skills he plans to review with his team during film sessions and practices. 

“(We missed some) tackles. We we’re in position to make plays, but they couldn’t get the guys on the ground,” Tew said. “Part of that is SouthWest Edgecombe, which is a great football team. They are physical, they always have been. They added a bit of a pass element, but we couldn’t get them on the ground.” 

Tew admitted the Falcons underestimated the pass coverage skill of the Cougars’ linebackers and secondary, adding it created difficulties for Humphries. Overall, he was pleased with his one-time back-up quarterback, who started for the second consecutive week.

“He went out there and showed some great poise,” Tew said. “He stood in there and made some great throws, some great reads and runs there at the end. Our offensive line did a good job, but not a great job like they did last week, so we had to find a way to get the ball in some people’s hands to make plays.”

Down 14-8 in the fourth quarter the Cougars found themselves in a fourth-and-long situation due to a tackle for a loss by SC’s Jeremy Lewis. Jayden Lewis was in place to punt the ball but surprised the Falcons special teams unit when he dumped the ball to Council, who evaded defenders for a 36-yard gain and a fresh set of downs. 

The Cougars continued to drive, gaining momentum until Clayton smashed into the end zone from just one yard out to give the Cougars the lead, 15-14 with 5:55 to go in the game. 

The Falcons worked quickly at the start of the game to seize momentum, capitalizing on a strong opening-drive performance from Artis, who finished it off with a 15-yard touchdown run. 

A methodical 13-play drive from the visitors tied the game on the next drive after a run from Jones. The two-point conversion tied it a eight.

The Falcons gained the upper hand in the second quarter, as Humphries connected with Monroe-Smith, who used his speed and elusiveness to cover the field and score an 80-yard touchdown and give the Falcons the lead 14-8 after an unsuccessful two-point conversion. 

The Falcons continue their homestand in Week 4 when they host North Pitt. 

 

PRINCETON 36, FARMVILLE CENTRAL 13

 

A slow start kept Farmville Central (1-2) from making a comeback against Princeton.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the first, and continued to pile on in the second. Tayvon Suggs got the Jags on the board in the second, scoring a touchdown on the ground from three yards out to make the score 20-7. The score would stand at halftime. 

The Jags struggled to get their offense moving, as the Bulldogs added another touchdown thanks to a Jayden Brooks rush and a successful two-point conversion by Nathan Ramby to make the score 28-7.

Brooks added another short touchdown in the fourth to push the Bulldogs lead to 36-7. Despite the score, Farmville Central was still fighting, Suggs delivered a pass to Quintaye Reedwho proceeded to go 83 yards for the touchdown to arrive at the final, 36-13.

The Jags travel to Ayden-Grifton in Week 4 in an attempt to get back in the win column.

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