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Schedules still fluid after Florence


D.H, Conley's Antwain Ruffin, left, runs against Rocky Mount during their game Aug. 24.


By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Pitt County football teams canceled games in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Florence last week. A week later, some county teams are once again postponing matchups due to issues arising from the storm. 

D.H. Conley and West Craven shared a mutual open date on Sept. 28, providing a free space for the two to move their game from last week, and now the Vikings have another game to reschedule after the school’s athletic department announced via twitter that their Friday home game with Eastern Wayne had been postponed. Wayne County Schools will not return to school this week, thus not allowing any athletic teams to host or travel to events. No make-up date has been released as of today.

Farmville Central also postponed its game with West Carteret. The school also postponed its game with Greene Central last week, and the two teams are still working on a reschedule date. Carteret County and Morehead City suffered heavy flooding and are working on relief efforts which will keep the team from traveling to play the Jaguars. FC will now have to work to find ways to reschedule both games, which could lead to having two games in one week.

Other teams will be allowed to return to the field and get back to some sense or normalcy after the natural disaster. J.H. Rose (3-1) will still travel to South Central (4-0) for one of the most anticipated games of the season thus far. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m..

Greene Central will still travel to face Washington. The Pam Pack will be collecting relief items such as cases of water, school supplies and other sanitary items for schools and teams in Lenoir and Craven counties, according to head coach Jon Blank’s twitter, which credited the Vikings for the idea.

Hertford County will still travel to Pitt County for a match-up with North Pitt, a game that has been circled on Panthers’ head coach Greg Watford’s calendar since his arrival in Bethel. Watford will face his former team, a program he helped turn around during his tenure in Ahoskie. The Panthers are still looking to break into the win column in 2018 at 0-3, and will face a tough test in the Bears on Friday. 

Ayden-Grifton will use its bye week to prepare to face South Lenoir on Sept. 28.

Nick Stevens of the Raleigh television program High School Overtime explained on Twitter what may happen to teams schedules in the aftermath of the storm.

He said the North Carolina High School Athletic Association sent a memo to schools this week stating that schools which miss five or more consecutive school days must have a minimum of three days practice in football before resuming competition.

In a following post, Stevens explained that he believed the NCHSAA’s plan was in the best interest of player safety, but also left almost no other option than to extend the length of the season. He added that following the arrival and departure of Hurricane Matthew in Oct. 2016, the NCHSAA did extend the football season by one week. Those who were able to complete their seasons on time were forced to add an additional bye week.

The same could be seen now following Florence. Stevens said a proposal to extend the season must be given to the NCHSAA’s Board of Directors no later than Sept. 30.

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


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High Schools

December 15, 2018

Greene Central’s boys basketball team held off rival Kinston in overtime to bring home a big 64-58 win on Friday night in high school basketball. 

It was the first major win for new head coach Blue Edwards and was the third straight victory for the Rams (5-3). 

Imajae Dodd led the…


December 14, 2018

Farmville Central defensive lineman Keziah Everett confirmed he is ready to sign with East Carolina on Wednesday’s start of the national early signing period.

Jaguars head coach Scott Gardner confirmed Friday morning that Everett will sign with ECU, joining fellow Pitt County Pirate commits…


December 13, 2018

North Pitt junior wrestler Antonio Betancourt has shown promise as part of the Panthers squad. NP is coming off two wins at a tri-meet involving Eastern Wayne and Tarboro. Betancourt spoke with preps beat writer Jake Keator about the sport of wrestling and how he prepares for his matches. 



December 12, 2018

South Central remained undefeated on the basketball season after a big win over Bertie High School, 84-34, on Wednesday night in Winterville.

The game was pretty much in hand in the first quarter of the game due to the fast pace of the Falcons. They led 30-3 after the first period and…


December 12, 2018

North Pitt wrestling took home first place Tuesday night, topping Eastern Wayne and Tarboro in a tri-meet in Bethel.

The meet was originally scheduled to also include Nash Central. The Bulldogs were unable to attend due to not being in school on Tuesday.

The Panthers made easy work of the Warriors,…


December 08, 2018

Farmville Central’s boys’ basketball team defeated Greene Central for the second time this season, winning 72-64 in Snow Hill on Friday night.

The Jaguars (6-0) were led by a sensational performance by Terquavion Smith, who finished with 20 points, including four 3-pointers. Justin…


December 07, 2018

Pitt County East Carolina football recruits Jeremy Lewis of South Central and CJ Johnson of D.H. Conley doubled down on their commitments following the arrival of new head coach Mike Houston this week.

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December 06, 2018

This time, Farmville Central wasted little time exerting its will.

The Jaguars started fast and never looked back in an 87-44 win over North Lenoir Wednesday. One day after needing a late run to defeat Ayden-Grifton 91-78, Farmville Central (5-0) led for all but the first 1:20 of the contest.


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December 06, 2018

South Central boys basketball took down Greene Central once again Wednesday night, earning an 80-41 victory. 

It was the second meeting of the young season for these two teams, with the Falcons also taking the win on the road, 92-61 on Nov. 27. 

The Falcons were once again led by North…


December 06, 2018

It’s not uncommon for students at John Paul II Catholic High School to congratulate 6-foot-4 junior guard Jordan Yarrell on a great performance. The leader of the Saints is a true utility player, working on becoming even more of a leader of the small squad. Athletic Director Sean Murphy…

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