Falcons fall to Hertford County, 35-32
By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector
Saturday, September 21, 2019
South Central once again found itself in a tight football contest Friday night, but this time the Falcons ended up on the wrong side of the scoreboard, falling to Hertford County, 35-32.
The Falcons (3-2) made plenty of big plays, as quarterback Justin Humphries (9-for-26, 186 pass yards, 3 pass TDs) connected with Jyquan Sheppard (3 receptions 77 yards, TD) through the air to keep the Falcons in the game. Kevone Harris (9 carries, 56 yards) struggled on the ground, ending his streak of two straight games with three rushing touchdowns.
Hertford County saw plenty of success through the air, as quarterback Tye Saxby went 11-for-20, throwing for 230 yards and three touchdowns. Multiple Bears receivers finished with more than 100 yards on the night, including Avery Hoggard (5 rec, 130 rec yards, 2 TDs) and Amajhea Smallwood (5 rec, 128 yards, TD). They also saw success on the ground, relying heavily on Erion Holly (15 carries, 56 yards), though the Falcons run defense gave up just one rushing touchdown, a three-yard score by Hoggard.
Both sides had plenty of big plays on the night, the most important of which came in fourth quarter.
Trailing 28-25 with 11:50 to go, Humphries dropped back, looking to get his offense going. He lofted the ball up to Trey Deloatch (3 rec, 71 yards, TD), who ran 51 yards for the score and a 32-28 South Central lead. The touchdown marked the fifth time the teams traded the lead on the night.
Hertford’s Smallwood took the ball at the 25-yard line, weaved his way through traffic for 75 yards to find his way to the end zone, once again giving the Bears the lead, 35-32. His score proved to be the final score on the night, as SC failed to convert on fourth down seven minutes later, allowing Hertford County to kill the remainder of the clock.
Falcons head coach Andy Tew admitted the Bears simply made more of its chances than his team.
“They just made more big-time plays than we did,” Tew said. “They made the biggest plays at the right times. They made their big plays and we made our big plays. We just couldn’t hold them off at the end and make the big play we needed to make to come out on top. Hertford County is a great football team. You could hear it on the sideline, they were well prepared. They knew what we wanted to do offensively and defensively. We just have to go back to the drawing board and try to make more plays.”
SC will take the upcoming week to prepare for its conference opener on the road against C.B. Aycock. Tew already knew what aspect of his team he wanted to focus on in film study.
“Obviously, we are going to look at our offensive line blocking schemes,” Tew said. “They got through there and made some plays, and usually we’re pretty solid up front. They probably adjusted their defense up front and we didn’t react well. They had seven guys in the box and we were able to throw it on the outside a couple of times. When you watch film, it’s never as good or as bad as you thought it was on the field. We want to go in there, watch the film and continue to get better week to week.”
While a 3-2 record is not ideal for a team that has seen plenty of recent success, Tew has seen improvement throughout the season.
“I think we are practicing better as a result of what we’ve seen on the field these past five weeks,” he said. “Hopefully, we can take those practices into what our conference is going to throw at us. You don’t want to be sitting at 3-2. You’d like to have a few more wins, but we have a young team and we need to know what we’re doing. We have a saying this year, ‘Know thy self.’ We’re getting a pretty good idea of where our team is at this point. We’ll wipe the slate clean and focus on going 1-0 each week from here on out.”
The Falcons will hit the road to face the Golden Falcons (4-1) on Sept. 27.
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D.H. Conley 48, West Carteret 0
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A 28-point third quarter put the Vikings out in front enough to cruise to the win.
DHC (1-3) will open play in the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference on the road at SouthernWayne on Sept. 27.
Southern Nash 55, J.H. Rose 21
J.H. Rose suffered its third straight loss Friday night, falling to Southern Nash.
The Rampants defense struggled to contain a dominant Firebird offense, giving up 14 points in the first, second and third quarters. They gave up 13 points in the fourth.
JHR (2-3) will travel to face New Bern on Sept. 27.
Parrott Academy 50, John Paul II 26
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On the other side, JP2’s recorded its third consecutive loss.
Next up APA (3-2, 3-0) will travel to take on GRACE Christian, while JP2 (1-3) travel to face Faith Christian. Both games are set for Oct. 4.
Wayne Country Day 3, John Paul II 0
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Leading the way for the Saints were Haiey Davenport (5 kills, 10 digs) and Karsen Barfield (3 aces).
D.H. Conley 3, Eastern Wayne 0
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Alexis Desoto (7 kills), Sara Dees (5 kills), Ella Philpot (5 kills) and Olivia Lefever (12 assists & 5 aces) once again led the charge for the Vikings.
DHC (13-1, 4-0) will host rival South Central on Sept. 24.
Cary Christian 3, Parrott Academy 2
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The Patriots received strong efforts from Alli Grant Avery (25 kills, 4 blocks), Virginia Edmondson (12 digs, 16 service points) and Mackenzie Pope (13 digs, 24 assists).
APA (12-3) will take on St. David's on Sept. 23.
Parrott Academy 4, Cary Christian 3 (OT)
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Jesse Morquecho, Harris Barker, George Dismukes and Marshall Taylor all recroded scores for the Patriots. Kolby Jones, Mateus Prado, Caleb Allen and Mark Mikhail were awarded assists.
D.H. Conley 2, Eastern Wayne 0
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Leading the way for the Vikings were Cassie Dail (14 assists), Alyssa Thomas (5 kills) and Kylah Silver (5 kills).
Conley (11-3, 3-1) will host South Central on Sept. 24.
St. David's 30, Columbia 0
St. David's opened its season with a win Thursday.
Leading the way were quarterback Hayden Harz (6-8, 87 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 rush TD), running back Henry Walker (102 yards rushing, 1 rush TD) and Cullen Seymour (3 rec, 77 yards, 1 rec TD).
St. David's will take on Metta Mesquite on Sept. 25.