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Ayden-Grifton's Micheal Webb, left, escapes Farmville Central's Marcus Gray and takes the ball for a touchdown during a game on Sept. 7, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

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The Daily Reflector

Friday, September 7, 2018

Two-way stars Micheal Webb and Ray Darden led the Ayden-Grifton Chargers to a 22-0 shutout home victory over rival Farmville Central on Friday night.

Webb, a junior first-team all-county selection with five interceptions last season, was an all-around standout with two picks in the first half, a 23-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter and several impressive returns. Darden helped stifle the struggling Jags’ offense at middle linebacker and contributed hard-nosed running to the offense in short-yardage situations.

Brothers Sam and David Barrett were unable to break off any long runs against the Chargers’ defense, picking up just 21 yards on nine plays in the final three quarters.

Senior Charger quarterback Blake McLawhorn connected with Jeffrey Gunter for a 36-yard TD with 5:17 left in the second quarter to make the score 15-0. The following Jags’ drive ended in Webb’s second interception on a third-and-13.

The second half of the game was full of Jaguar injuries. Dontavious Short was helped off the field with seven minutes left in the third quarter after being hit on a short kickoff return. David Barrett was injured with about a minute left in the third after a short pass play by the Jags. With 5:42 left in the fourth quarter, Tavyon Suggs was helped off the field after a quarterback keeper. Quintaye Reid was carried off the field in the fourth after an injury in the end zone on an Farmville pass play. None of the players returned to the game.

ECU commit Keziah Everett was busy, generally making stops on A-G run plays around the line of scrimmage.

The Jags are a young squad, having lost a number of starters from last season. Sophomores Suggs and Short have assumed key roles. As with past years, Farmville Central’s offense is markedly run-centric. In their first three games, the Jaguars ran the ball on 105 plays while passing on just 32.

— Matthew Edwards

D.H. Conley 46, East Wake 7

The Vikings leveled their record at 2-2 following a big win over East Wake, 46-7. Conley quarterback Nick Hamilton shined, going 11-26, throwing for 262 yards and six touchdowns.

The Vikings receivers had a field day, with CJ Johnson leading the charge. He finished with four receptions for 162 yards and four touchdowns. Mark Warren, who finished with two receptions and 41 yards, and Zy Edwards, who finished with one reception for 23 yards, each scored one touchdown through the air. Jazion Daniels led the offense on the ground, gaining 48 yards on two rushes.

Muck Brown intercepted an East Wake pass and took it 37 yards for the score to help the Vikings keep their momemtum while on defense.

Conley will travel to West Craven in Week Five.

-The Daily Reflector

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High Schools

November 20, 2018

After an exciting first round of playoff matchups, D.H. Conley and South Central remain the only teams left with a shot for a state championship.

SC enjoyed a bye week in the 4-A east bracket. The unbeaten Falcons will host South View Friday night. 

The Vikings almost saw their opportunity…

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November 18, 2018

Annual swimming powerhouse D.H. Conley began its season by winning the boys’ and girls’ divisions in a meet involving Swansboro, South Central and West Carteret.

Standouts Garrett Despres and Trevor Torres each won two individual events. The 200 individual medley saw Despres take…

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November 16, 2018

Two weeks ago, D.H. Conley drove the field looking to upset eventual 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference champion South Central, and they lost by one point.

On Friday night, the Vikings pulled off a miracle to escape Southern Alamance and advance to the second round of the 3-AA state playoffs.

Up…

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November 16, 2018

Farmville Central head football coach Scott Gardner announced Friday that he has retired as the head coach of the Jaguars.

Gardner has spent 28 years in coaching, along with the majority of his life, in the Farmville community. 

“I’ve been thinking about it for a couple of years,…

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November 16, 2018

Ayden-Grifton will take on a familiar foe tonight in the first round of the 2-A East playoffs in Eastern Carolina Conference champion Kinston.

A-G head coach Paul Cornwell is all too familiar with postseason football, and he and his staff also have a good understanding as to how to better attack…

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November 16, 2018

South Central entered this season looking to continue its climb to the top. 

Every year under head coach Andy Tew, the program has seen a rise in its win totals. After a 10-win season last year, the Falcons improved to perfection this year in a season that included wins over local rivals J.H.…

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November 15, 2018

Four members of the D.H. Conley softball program signed their letters of intent on Thursday to play at the college level. 

Madison Bowers, Lexi and Alexis Phillips and Lexi Vincent are all signed to play softball at next level.

The group has been playing together since they were young, as they…

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November 15, 2018

Nazir Monroe-Smith has seemingly done it all. A 1,000-yard rusher his junior year, Monroe-Smith has moved outside to become part of a threatening core of wide receivers in his final season. Preps beat writer Jake Keator spoke with Monroe-Smith about the Falcons’ undefeated season and how he…

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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.…

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