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Chargers end season with 42-0 win

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Ayden-Grifton's Jeffery Gunter, right, congratulates teammate Ray Darden after he scores a touchdown during their game against Washington on Oct. 5, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

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Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, November 8, 2018

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

Quarterback Blake McLawhorn threw two touchdown passes on the night, both going to running back JC Darden, who looked much like his older brother, starting running back Ray Darden, who added a rushing touchdown of his own.

The Chargers’ deep stable of running backs continued to impress, as sophomore Marlon Cannon also had two rushing scores. Micheal Webb rounded out the touchdowns for Chargers (7-4,4-2) and their backfield.

“Our message for the week was to start fast and finish,” Chargers head coach Paul Cornwell said. “We scored on our first possession, and credit to South Lenoir, they went out and tried to grind us down, but we went into the half up 28-0. I told the guys at halftime to just go out and finish, which I’ve thought we haven’t done a great job of doing so far. We played hard in the second half and got some younger guys in to play, so that was great.”

The Chargers likely earned a playoff berth with the convincing win. A-G is playing well at the right time, as the offense once again exploded against the Blue Devils.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to play another week,” Cornwell said. “We know that we will probably be on the road and possibly playing a one seed, so we aren’t worried about anyone else, just us and what we do. We’re playing good defense and that’s a key. If you can go out, play good defense and don’t turn the ball over, you have a good chance to win every game.”

The Chargers will await the release of the playoff seedings Saturday. Check back with The Daily Reflector for a comprehensive look at the details. 

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

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High Schools

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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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.

Looking at a first-and-goal from the 10-yard line, it seemed…

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November 09, 2018

The final week of the high school football regular season is here as local teams, including D.H. Conley (7-3, 5-1), use to make up previously postponed contests during hurricane season. 

The Vikings received some good news Tuesday night, as they learned they will be allowed to continue on into…

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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.

Quarterback Blake McLawhorn threw two touchdown passes on the night, both going to running back JC Darden, who looked much like his older brother, starting running back Ray…

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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…

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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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November 06, 2018

Fines, multiple suspensions and student penalties were among the punishments in the wake of last Thursday’s post-game brawl between the D.H. Conley and South Central High School football teams, according to a Pitt County Schools statement on Tuesday.

“School fines were levied,…

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November 06, 2018

Thursday’s 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference football championship game ended in an all-out brawl, as South Central (10-0, 6-0) defeated D.H. Conley (7-3, 5-1), 28-27.

Following the end of the heated contest, South Central fans stormed the field, where a flag was planted in the…

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November 04, 2018

RALEIGH

I saw something new Saturday night at Reynolds Coliseum. D.H Conley’s volleyball team was trailing.

The Vikings may have surrendered a few points here and there in the beginning of a first set during the regular season, of course, but to be as deep as 20 points into a set and…

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