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Pitt County goes 4-0 in final week, Rams lose

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J.H. Rose’s Ben Harris, left, fights off New Bern’s Trevon Howard during their game on Nov. 2, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)


By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, 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, 42-0. 

The Chargers’ stable of talented running backs now seems endless, as junior JC Darden (two receiving touchdowns) and sophomore Marlon Cannon (two rushing touchdowns) combined with Ray Darden and Micheal Webb (one rushing touchdown each) to show that they are once again a threat to make a deep postseason run, despite their high seed. 

Quarterback Blake McLawhorn had another good night throwing the ball, totaling two passing touchdowns which both went to JC Darden. 

A-G will enter the 2-A State playoffs as a 13 seed, traveling just down the road to face undefeated four seed Kinston (10-0, 6-0) at 7:30 p.m.


D.H. Conley struggled against 2-A opponent West Craven, walking away with an unusually slim margin of victory, 28-20. The Vikings (8-3, 5-1) saw scores from CJ Johnson (three receiving) and Nick Hamilton (one rushing, three passing).

Despite his three touchdown passes to Johnson, Hamilton struggled against the Eagles defense, throwing two interceptions. He finished 17-for-26, throwing for 206 yards. 

The Vikings held the lead late before WC scored with three minutes to go in the fourth to pull within eight, and at that point, the Conley defense locked down and closed out a tight win. 

DHC enters the 3-A East bracket in state playoff play as a five seed. With its low seed, the Vikings will play host to 12th seed Southern Alamance (9-2, 4-2 Mid-Piedmont 3-A Conference).


The Rampants picked up an interesting win Friday night, as visiting Frankinton forfeited the game at halftime, 20-7.

“They just came out at halftime and told us they had some injuries and said they didn't want to keep playing,” Rose head coach Dave Wojtecki said.

Quarterback Grant Charles Jarman finished 13-for-14, throwing for 215 yards and two touchdowns in the shortened game. Running back Grant Humphreys had six carries for 41 yards and a score. Ben Harris (four receptions, 96 yards) and Jake Henry Rogers (four receptions, 67 yards) both had touchdown grabs.

Rose (8-3, 4-2) was given a 10 seed in the 3-A East bracket, and will travel to Gibsonville to take on seven-seeded Eastern Guilford (9-2, 5-1 Mid Piedmont 3-A Conference).


The undefeated Falcons had no trouble taking care of 2-A Hertford County. The dominance capped off an undefeated regular season (11-0, 6-0) for SC, and has set the team up nicely for the postseason. 

SC hopes to have starting quarterback Justin Humphries available for the postseason after suffering a knee injury. Caleb Woodley will continue under center if Humphries is not available. 

The Falcons and Humphries will have time to rest, as they earned a bye week to go along with their No. 1 overall seed in the 4-A East bracket. They will host the winner of eight seed South View and nine seed Heritage on Nov. 23. 


The Rams could only watch as the clock expired and Kinston celebrated a tight win on their turf. 

Only 10 yards from retaking the lead with the clock running low, GC running back AJ Dupree, who was forced into action as a quarterback due to starter B.J. Corbitt’s injury, fumbled the ball, leading to a Kinston recovery. The Vikings then bled the clock for the win. 

The Rams (6-5, 3-3) led 24-7 at halftime, but a pair of red zone turnovers and fantastic offensive plays by Kinston led to the comeback and loss for GC. Dupree had 19 rushes for 90 yards and a touchdown. His backup, and heir to the majority of the Rams’ offense, Knowledge Branch, tallied 101 yards and a score on 21 carries. 

The Rams were handed a 14 seed in the 2-A East bracket. They will hit the road to take on three seed South Columbus (11-0, 9-0 Three Rivers 1-A/2-A Conference).

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

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