RECAP: Rampants dominate in prep for Vikings
By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
J.H. Rose put on a performance reminiscent of the beginning of its season with a 55-0 rout of Southern Wayne last Wednesday night.
The game seemed to be a walk in the park for head coach Dave Wojtecki and Rose (5-2, 2-1), who held a comfortable 42-0 lead at halftime.
The Rampants switched up their attack, using five separate players to score touchdowns via the ground. Second-string players got some time to prepare for their jump to starting roles next year in what was a valuable experience as well as an easy conference win.
Rose will face one of its biggest challenges this Friday as it hosts cross-town rival D.H. Conley. The Rampants are 0-1 in Pitt County matchups this season, losing a tight game on the road at South Central on Sept. 21, 20-18. The showdown will be the first in-county game for Conley, which will face the Falcons just two weeks later at home for control of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference.
D.H. CONLEY 47, NEW BERN 14
Conley once again made quick work of its conference opponent, this time New Bern in a blowout win.
CJ Johnson continued to make his case for conference player of the year as he amassed 216 yards receiving and two touchdowns on five receptions. He also added two rushes for 87 yards and a score. Also in the running for the award is Vikings quarterback Nick Hamilton, who threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns on the night.
The Vikings look to be playing their best football of the season at the perfect time as they prepare to make the final push to steal a conference title from undefeated South Central (7-0, 3-0) on Nov. 2.
Before they can play SC, the Vikings will face Rose in another chapter of their Greenville rivalry. Conley walked away victorious last season with a 49-13 win.
KINSTON 28, AYDEN-GRIFTON 7
The Chargers’ three-game win streak was brought to a halt by Kinston on Saturday afternoon.
The Vikings’ homecoming was rescheduled due to the effects of Hurricane Micheal. The afternoon provided perfect weather for football, but not perfect execution for the Chargers, who struggled to break through a fast and precise Kinston defense.
The Chargers hope to rebound with a winnable matchup against a winless North Lenoir (0-6,0-1) team at home Friday.
NORTH JOHNSTON 32, FARMVILLE CENTRAL 29
It was a heartbreaker for the Jaguars on homecoming, as they watched Panthers kicker Graham Walston nail a 20-yard game winning field goal as time expired.
FC (2-6, 1-1) played a flawless first half en-route to a 22-7 halftime lead. It seemed as if FC could do no wrong until the Panthers and quarterback Camden Aycock began picking up first downs with his feet rather than his arm.
The Jaguars struggled to contain the Panthers’ ground attack, which opened up medium length passes over the middle.
With the scoreboard reading 29-all and 1:30 to go in the game, FC head coach Scott Gardener opted to rush for the first down on fourth-and-1 on his own side of the field. Running back David Barrett was stopped, turning the ball over on downs. The Panthers used five plays to go 20 yards and set up the winning field goal.
“Late in the game we had shown no signs of being able to stop them,” Gardner said of the decision. “So I figured if we got to overtime we weren't going to make it. It was fourth down and a yard, so I thought maybe we could pop a play and get out of this thing in regulation.”
The Jaguars are on the bubble for a spot in the playoffs. The road doesn't get easier as they face SouthWest Edgecombe (5-1, 1-1) in Pinetops Friday.
BEDDINGFIELD 41, NORTH PITT 13
It was another rough week for the Panthers as they took on the top team in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference.
NP’s offense is beginning to grasp the potential of head coach Greg Watford’s wing-T offense. After scoring 46 total points in their first six games, the Panthers have scored 43 points in their last three games, a sign that there is potential for the young squad.
NP (0-8, 0-2) kicks off its final road trip of the season, spending two of its last three games on the road. It will start by traveling to play North Johnston (3-4, 1-1) Friday.
WEST CRAVEN 29, GREENE CENTRAL 6
It was a humbling experience for the Rams (5-3, 2-1), who struggled to get their offense moving all game. West Craven defeated the Rams easily on both sides of the ball, placing them in tight competition for the lead in the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference.
AJ Dupree, a standout at running back for the Rams, was shut down, while quarterback B.J. Corbitt failed to find any passing lanes open thanks to WC defenders.
The Rams will travel to face South Lenoir Friday.
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