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North Pitt, Greene Central game canceled due to lightning

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North Pitt's Zaiere Bradley, right, is taken down by Greene Central players during their game on August 31, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Saturday, September 1, 2018

North Pitt and Greene Central expected to play a full game Friday night, but instead, they failed to finish the first half.

Officials saw lightning in the distance and delayed the game with Greene Central leading 14-8 with 5:39 to go in the second quarter, and both teams’ head coaches agreed to leave the game where it was for numerous reasons. 

“The reality is, its a holiday weekend,” NP head coach Greg Watford said. “Most of these kids have plans that they have had for months. It’s just unfortunate we wont have another time to play it.”

Watford added the expense of travel for his team from Bethel to Snow Hill was also a factor in choosing not to finish.

Watford’s counterpart, Rams head coach Allen Wooten, agreed the game did not need to continue.

“Monday would have been the only time we could reschedule,” Wooten said. “They are going through some injures, we are going through some injuries, and we’re friends. I played and coached there, so we decided this is a non-conference game so we’ll call it and prepare for our next games.”

Thirty minutes after the delay began, fans were told the game was finished, and there would be no make-up date.

In the just over 19 minutes of game play, the Rams showed off their strong rushing offense. AJ Dupree led the Rams’ rush, totaling 58 yards on 7 attempts, scoring both of Greene Central’s touchdowns. Quarterback BJ Corbitt did not complete a pass but did throw an interception. 

For the Panthers, back-up quarterback Izarion Blango went 2-for-6 for 21 yards with one interception. Naz Staton led NP in rushing, racking up 23 yards on eight attempts. 

Greene Central’s offense struck first. After stalling the NP offense, Corbitt, Dupree and the rest of the Rams offense took over on the 48-yard line. Dupree pushed ahead for a five-yard gain, then took another run off the right side 43 yards for a touchdown. 

NP struck back on its next drive, putting together a 16-play, 78-yard drive capped off by a Blango rushing touchdown from one yard out. The Rams prepared for a point-after kick from the Panthers’ Chris Hardee, but instead gave up a two-point conversion pass when Blango completed a throw to Steve Carroll to tie the game.

Later in the second quarter, Greene Central, with good field position, needed just four plays to move down the field and score thanks to a second rushing touchdown from Dupree. The two-point conversion attempted was stuffed, and the score read 14-8.

Due to North Carolina Athletic Association rules, the game will not count for or against either team since the game failed to reach halftime and will not be made up this season.

NP will travel to South Central for its next game, while Greene Central will also be on the road, travelling to face Eastern Wayne.

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

VOLLEYBALL

J.H. Rose 3, C.B. Aycock 0

Rose defeated the Golden Eagles in straight sets, 25-12, 25-18 and 25-16. Abby Wordsworth totaled 11 kills and five digs. Mary Hannah Sawyer had five kills and eight digs. Holly Gibson finished with 16 assists and seven digs.

Oakwood 3, Saint Thomas Moore Academy 0

Oakwood downed Saint Thomas Moore 3-0 to advance its record to 4-2. Sloane Correa had seven kills while Sydney Martin had 18 assists. Macey Robinette had seven digs, and Jenny Painter had seven aces on the match.

D.H. Conley 3, Eastern Wayne 0

Conley defeated Eastern Wayne 25-4, 25-18 and 25-6. Hannah Shafer had five kills and five blocks. Alexis Desoto totaled five kills, while Elana Fuller added another four kills.

D.H. Conley 3, Northern Nash 0

DHC (6-0) took down Northern Nash 25-4, 25-9 and 25-8. Savanna Hardee had 14 assists and Desoto added seven kills, as did Sara Dees and Maddy May.

APA 3, Coastal Christian 0

APA (7-0) defeated rival Coastal Christian in straight sets, 25-22, 25-19 and 25-20. Mackenzie Pope had nine kills and 11 assists to go along with three aces. Alli Avery had 18 kills, Gabby Carriere added two aces and four assists. Jorja Tuten had nine service points, including three aces.

JV VOLLEYBALL

J.H. Rose 2, C.B. Aycock 0

The Rampants took down conference foe C.B. Aycock 25-9 and 25-20. Rachel Mosley and Candence Dobra had five kills each. Harris Gray Mattox added five aces.

SOCCER 

D.H. Conley 4, Havelock 1

DHC improved its record to 4-1-1 after defeating Havelock on the road. Coleman Ferrell and Ediel Lopez-Romero both scored twice in the win for the Vikings. 

Parrott Academy 10, Fayetteville Christian 1

Parrott Academy scored six goals in the first half to secure a big win over Fayetteville Christian. Harris Barker and Kolby Jones had two goals each in the win. Josh Okonkwo, Tony Lersch, George Dismukes, William Farrior, Mark Mikhail and Josh Waida scored one goal apiece.

TENNIS

J.H. Rose 9, Southern Wayne 0

Rose swept Southern Wayne in conference play with singles wins from Maryah Stokes, Ginger Evans, Ella Jones, Cecilia Richardson, Jayme Goldman and Mary Grace Smith.

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