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Ayden-Grifton’s Michael Webb makes a catch during their game against North Lenoir on Oct. 19, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)


The Daily Reflector

Saturday, October 20, 2018

South Central continued its undefeated football season with a decisive victory over New Bern on Friday night, 52-8.

In their first game in two weeks, the Falcons dominated with their multifaceted run game and took advantage of the Bears’ offensive mistakes.

After a sloppy but uneventful first half, the score was just 12–8 South Central. The Falcons exploded for 40 unanswered points in the second half. Long runs and defensive touchdowns paved the way for a blowout to celebrate South Central’s homecoming.

Four different South Central players scored rushing touchdowns, including two 50-plus-yard scores by Junior Kavonne Harris, the team’s third string running back.

Senior middle linebacker and team tackles leader Christian Barnes again led his team by stifling New Bern’s run game and even broke up a pass on a fourth-down play. Even bigger, Barnes pounced on a fumbled snap and ran it in for his second touchdown of the game.

Barnes came in at running back on the Falcons’ last drive and rolled off a block into the end zone for another score.

SC head coach Andy Tew attributed his team’s good all-around performance to sticking to the game plan and not panicking.

— Matthew Edwards

Ayden-Grifton 35, North Lenoir 10

Michael Webb scored four touchdowns, two on the ground and two in the air, to help lead the Chargers to a victory over the Hawks. North Lenoir fumbled the ball five times, losing it once.

A 50-yard kick gave NL a 3-0 lead. The field goal stirred something within the Chargers. After a long return, Ray Darden and company pounded out three long runs deep into North Lenoir territory. The drive culminated with a six-yard touchdown run by Keyshawn Best. On the ensuing kickoff, the Chargers recovered a fumble. Blake McLawhorn found Webb with a 35-yard pass to put AG up 14-3.

“The team made some good blocks for me and I was able to follow them through to score,” Webb said. “Those guys carried me and helped lift us up tonight.”

A turnover proved costly to the Hawks as McLawhorn found Webb again for a 31-yard touchdown with 17 seconds left in the half.

The Chargers scored two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter with runs of eight and 24 yards by Webb, with the last score coming with 90 seconds left to play.

“We started both halves slow, but rebounded and finished strong,” A-G coach Paul Cornwell said. “Webb was outstanding. Gunter had some great runs tonight, but some were called back on penalties. Darden was strong on both sides of the ball, but we were trying to take some of the load off him tonight. Now, we need to get ready for West Craven next week.”

— Junius Smith, Neuse News


The Panthers broke into the win column with a tight 26-19 win over North Johnston.  The Panthers offense continued to push out points in a continuing trend that showed progress has been made in Bethel. 

The two teams found themselves tied at 7-7 with five minutes to go in the first, but North Johnston tacked on another score with just under a minute to go to take the lead 13-7 after the missed point-after attempt. The second quarter followed the same pattern, with NP tying the score early in the second. Once again, NJ scored late as halftime approached to make it 19-13. NP didn’t quit, tying the game once again at 19. 

The score held until the end of regulation. NP had just enough to push through and score in overtime, bringing the end of an 18-game losing streak that dated to the beginning of the 2017 season. 

North Pitt (1-8, 1-2) will take to the road once again next Friday, as they face Nash Central.


After playing against, and beating, Nash Central this past Monday, the Cougars (7-1, 3-0) completed a perfect week with a big conference win against Farmville Central (2-7, 1-2).

SWE jumped out to a 7-0 lead by the end of the first quarter and had a 28-0 lead by halftime. For the game, quarterback Jayden Lewis was 6-of-8 passing for 110 yards and a touchdown. On the ground, Darntrell Council led the way with 161 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries.

After dropping a seven-point game in Week 3, the Cougars have now won five in a row and are perfect in Eastern Plains play.


Greene Central took care of business in a 42-18 win over South Lenoir. 

The Rams (6-3, 2-1) and their offensive stars struggled for the second straight week, but others stepped up to bring GC the win.  

Running back Knowledge Branch had three touchdown runs on the night and looks to be heir apparent to the offense once current star AJ Dupree graduates at the end of this year. Branch finished with 19 carries for 121 yards. Dupree had seven rushes for just 23 yards. Wide receiver Quaheem Giggetts led GC with three receptions for 48 yards and a touchdown. 

The Rams will host Ayden-Grifton next Friday. 


3-A East Regional

D.H. Conley's Madison Cullipher advanced to the singles semifinals with a straight-sets victory on Friday over Southern Nash's Stacie Winner, while the J.H. Rose doubles pairing of Maryah Stokes and Ginger Evans also advanced after topping Northern Nash's Chloe Harrington and Nisaja Thomas in the quarterfinals.

No. 2 seed Cullipher will face Topsail's Kylee Edwards in the semis, while Stokes-Evans will face New Hanover's Sarah Frances Butler and Anne McBryde Barker.

The Conley tandem of Brooke and Breanna Sullivan also advanced to the quarterfinals but was defeated.

Parrott Academy 5, Southlake Christian 1

Parrott advanced to the 3A state semifinals on Thursday to take on the winner of Tuesday's match between The Asheville School and Gaston Christian.

The Patriots have never lost before the semifinals since the tournament was switched to dual-team playoffs in 2013. Last year, Parrott lost in the championship match to St. David’s and is seeking its second state title.

Erika Gorrin-Rivas, Blythe Brantley and Grace Brydge won singles matches for Parrott.


D.H. Conley 2, South Central 2

(Conley wins on PKs)

D.H. Conley won in dramatic fashion on Thursday night at South Central, bouncing back to tie the game and then winning it in penalty kicks.

Coleman Ferrell scored twice for the Vikings to equalize the game in regulation time. After two overtime periods, the score remained tied.

Junior DHC goalkeeper Conor Montanye made two critical saves, and Ferrell, Zach Tucker, Britton Fischer and Ethan Kennedy all made their spot kicks to clinch the win. The Vikings play at Southern Wayne High on Tuesday.


New Bern 3, J.H. Rose 2

The Bears outlasted the Rampants on Thursday in a marathon five-set contest.

Holly Gibson was part of a valiant Rose effort with 32 assists, while Mary Hannah Sawyer amassed 23 digs and Abby Wordsworth turned in a double-double with 20 kills and 14 digs.


J.H. Rose 2, New Bern 1

Rose edged New Bern in three games, paced by Sloan Carlson's nine assists, Maddy Carraway's nine digs and Langley Mercer's five kills.



Hope 28, Farmville 2

Hope won big on Thursday night behind Isaiah Crumpler's three rushing touchdowns and a 2-point conversion.

Jamir Wright added a rushing touchdown and conversion to round out the scoring for Hope. Quazameke Cratch and Andrew Hollinger both recovered Farmville fumbles at pivotal points during the game for the Mustangs (3-2).


Humans of Greenville


Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.

High Schools

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…


November 16, 2018

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

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November 15, 2018

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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.

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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. 

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November 10, 2018

The Greene Central Rams looked to pull off one of the biggest upsets of the season against undefeated Kinston, and nearly did. In the end, however, one key play ended any thought of knocking off the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference leader.

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November 09, 2018

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November 08, 2018

Ayden-Grifton football brought its regular season to a close on a high note, defeating South Lenoir, 42-0, on Thursday night.

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November 08, 2018

Rose forward Tyre Taft had his soccer career at J.H. Rose come to an end Tuesday night after a 1-0 loss to Chapel Hill in the second round of the state playoffs. Taft finished with 17 goals, two assists and 36 points over 39 games played. Taft was a captain and leader of the Rampants on their way…


November 07, 2018

The J.H. Rose soccer team saw its season end in the second round of the state playoffs Tuesday night after a 1-0 upset loss to Chapel Hill. 

The 12-seeded Tigers got on the board early in the first half, as Kevin Morales got the ball past Rose (18-5-1) goal keeper Trey Burelson just over six…

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