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Teams prepared for arrival of Hurricane Florence

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Farmville's Dontavious Short, right, is taken down by Ayden-Grifton's Ray Darden during their game on Sept. 7, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Pitt County teams decided to reschedule their Week Five match-ups due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Florence later this week.

J.H. Rose will host Franklinton at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday while South Central’s trip to Hertford County will be played Wednesday at 7 p.m. Ayden-Grifton will take on North Pitt in Bethel on Wednesday at 7, and Greene Central will take on Farmville Central Wednesday at 7 in Farmville.

D.H. Conley, meanwhile, will be the only team not to play this week, as its game with West Craven has been rescheduled to an open date on both teams’ schedules, Sept. 28.

Ayden-Grifton 22, Farmville Central 0

Ayden-Grifton (2-2) captured bragging rights over cross-county rivals Farmville Central (1-3) with a shutout victory. A stout Chargers defense smothered almost all attempts to move the ball by the Jaguars. FC totaled only 42 yards through the air and 79 yards on the ground. 

The Chargers’ strong run game beat down the Jags’ defense, scoring a touchdown in each of the first three quarters. Helping the Chargers’ cause was running back Micheal Webb, who scored a 23-yard touchdown. Webb was also key in the return game, consistently setting up the A-G offense in position to score.

ECU commit and FC defensive end Keziah Everett showed his tackling ability, as he made several hits on ball carriers resulting in no gain. 

FC has struggled with key injuries this season. For a young team with little depth, the injuries have played a crucial piece in the results of their year thus far. 

With the win, A-G regains control of its season as the Chargers sit at .500 with a road trip to North Pitt upcoming Wednesday. FC sits in a hole at 1-3 as the Jags prepare for a home match-up with Greene Central Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Havelock 49, J.H. Rose 24

Rose (3-1), gave up 507 yards rushing to the Rams, their worst defensive performance of the season thus far. 

The Rampants held a tight 10-7 lead at the end of the first quarter, but 14 points in each of the remaining quarters sank Rose’s hopes of a comeback. 

The Rampants struggled containing a multi-faceted athlete in Havelock’s Anthony Harris, who racked up 197 yards and three touchdowns through the air, and 187 yards and another three touchdowns on the ground. Rose quarterback Grant Jarman threw for two touchdowns in the loss, but a Rams defense loaded with college-level talent overwhelmed the Rampants.  

Rose’s tough schedule continues as they host Franklinton (5-0) Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

D.H. Conley 46, East Wake 7

DHC (2-2) evened its record and moved its win streak to two with a blowout of winless East Wake. Vikings quarterback Nick Hamilton looks more and more confident with every game. He finished 10-25 for 248 yards and six touchdowns. 

“I’ve really liked his toughness this season,” head coach Nate Connor said of Hamilton. “Whether it’s getting hit and getting back up, running the ball, or if he makes a mistake, being able to come back to the sideline and learn from it, he’s been tough mentally and physically. He’s really been thrown into the fire in a way and he’s done a fantastic job.”

CJ Johnson led all DHC receivers with four receptions for 162 yards and four touchdowns. Zy Edwards and Mark Warren accounted for the remaining two passing touchdowns.

DHC will not play this week, as the Vikings and opponent West Craven (1-3) will avoid the storm and meet up on Sept 28.

South Central 40, North Pitt 0

South Central (4-0) became Pitt County’s lone remaining unbeaten team with J.H. Rose’s loss to Havelock. The Falcons’ big win over North Pitt (0-3) showed that if they can continue to succeed they have a chance to compete for a state title. 

Quarterback Justin Humphries once again took control, going 7-for-14 for 178 yards and two touchdowns. Notably, preseason starter Caleb Woodley returned for the first time since a medical issue sidelined him prior to SC’s week two match-up. 

When asked about if Woodley would regain his starting job over Humphries, head coach Andy Tew said the decision was made week-to-week, and could change depending on the duo’s play in practice. 

NP had opportunities to get on the board, including forcing three-and-outs and recovering fumbles,but it never ended in points due to continuing penalties and failed fourth down conversions. Backup quarterback Izarion Blango never got comfortable in the pocket, finishing 1-for-6 for eight yards and an interception. SC shut down the Panthers’ run game as well. NP finished with five rushers going for just 80 yards on 22 attempts. 

The Panthers are awaiting the return of starting quarterback Alex Espinosa-Johnson, who has been out three weeks with a high-ankle sprain. 

Both teams have moved their Week Five games to Wednesday night due to Hurricane Florence. South Central will travel to Hertford County (0-3) for a 7 p.m. showdown. North Pitt will play host to in-county foe Ayden-Grifton at 7 p.m.

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

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