Area football teams find themselves in the home stretch of their schedules, and the hunt for conference championships are still wide open. Check out the action packed schedule tonight.
Ayden-Grifton (4-2, 0-2) at South Lenoir (2-5, 0-3), 7 p.m.
The Chargers are looking to quickly end their two-game skid in 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference play.
Injuries have kept A-G from playing at full strength, and this week's matchup against a struggling Blue Devils team may be just what the teams needs to regain confidence and turn things around.
In order to accomplish that the Chargers will need to drastically reduce turnovers. They gave up five against Washington last week, leaving A-G to play from behind and try to hold on against the Pam Pack.
After back-to-back tough losses the Chargers will look to rebound and move up the standings in order to get back into the fight for a title.
Farmville Central (0-7, 0-1) at North Johnston (1-6, 0-1), 7 p.m.
What may look like a winnable game for Farmville Central quickly changes once one looks at the Panthers schedule.
North Johnston has played top teams such as Princeton (6-0), Red Springs (5-1) and James Keenan (5-2), showing that while their record may not show it, they are battle tested and know how to compete with top competition.
The Jaguars schedule for the remainder of the season includes SouthWest Edgecombe, Beddingfield and North Pitt, leaving little time for head coach Eddie Rhodes to try and make changes before seasons end.
Greene Central (4-3, 1-1) at Kinston (4-4, 1-2), 7 p.m.
A two-game winning streak has pushed Greene Central above .500, and provided plenty of confidence heading into a big rivalry matchup with Kinston tonight.
GC has been pleasantly surprised by the quick emergence of sophomore running back Jayden Tyson, who racked up 149 yards and four touchdowns in last weeks win over South Lenoir. Combined with Debo Pigford and an offensive line that has played well as of late, the Rams have built a strong running game.
The defense has also played well, which creates and interesting matchup with a young Kinston offense led by junior quarterback Caleb Gooding.
J.H. Rose (2-5, 0-2) at C.B. Aycock (6-2, 2-1), 7 p.m.
J.H. Rose has now dropped two close games in two weeks, and things get no easier tonight as they travel to face a strong Golden Falcons team.
Rose will also be without star wide receiver Kevin Hamilton, who underwent concussion testing after suffering a scary hit in the third quarter against D.H. Conley. While the Rampants may be without Hamilton, head coach Dave Wojtecki expects running back Shaquan Perry to return to the lineup. Perry will provide a more powerful option in the backfield to compliment Michael Allen, who performed well while Perry recovered.
C.B. Aycock's offense will not hesitate to spread out the JHR defense, an area where they have struggled as of late. Even with injuries the Rose offense can still move the ball, which will be imperative if they want to pull off the upset.
North Pitt (1-6, 0-2) at Beddingfield (5-2, 1-0), 7 p.m.
The schedule remains unkind to the Panthers this week, who hit the road to take on a talented and competitive Beddingfield team.
NP has found it's identity this season as the offensive unit has meshed well. Things are only looking up for the team, which has a chance to break its streak of three-straight 1-10 seasons at the end of the year. This week will not be the week that happens however, but each week continues to bring improvement for the team.
Southern Wayne (1-7, 0-3) at South Central (4-3, 1-1), 7 p.m.
South Central has quietly held its own in the 3-A/4-A ECC this season behind the offensive duo of Kevone Harris and Justin Humphries.
This weeks matchup should prove to be a tune up before a gauntlet of a three-game stretch to end the season which includes two road games at New Bern and J.H. Rose and a home stand in the regular season finale against D.H. Conley.
The Falcons offense has been steady throughout the year, having not recorded less than 27-points scored this season. That should be plenty to down Southern Wayne this week and move SC's record to 5-3 and above .500 in conference play.
Rocky Mount Academy (0-7, 0-5) at John Paul II (1-5, 0-5), 7 p.m.
John Paul II is looking to bring an end to its five-game losing streak, and the Saints have a good chance to do so tonight.
Despite losing to GRACE Christian last week the JP2 offense looked to improve, scoring more than 26 points for the first time since the teams season opener on Aug. 28. The Saints offense should have a favorable matchup, as the Eagles have a scoring differential of -145. JP2's differential sits at -45.
On offense head coach Sean Murphy will look toward running backs Shiyah Waller and Josiah Thompson for offensive production. Thompson and Waller combined for 334 rushing yards and three touchdowns last week, and the duo will need to perform again if they want to end the losing streak.
If JP2 can walk away victorious they will accomplish another milestone in their first season, their first win in the BIG-8 Conference.
GAME OF THE WEEK: Washington (6-1, 3-0) at D.H. Conley (4-3, 3-0), 7 p.m.
A battle of two teams on winning streaks, Washington and D.H. Conley highlight this weeks action with the Game of the Week.
Despite being a non-conference matchup, this rescheduled game will be a great test for both teams. The Pam Pack lead the 2-A ECC, and enter on a five game winning streak. Washington brings a talented and physical offense to Hollywood Crossroads, that has shown it can move the chains both through the air and on the ground. Their defense has also been dominate of late, forcing five turnovers against A-G last week which included back-to-back scoop and scores by Khamari Rodman and Walt Gerard.
Coming off of two consecutive big wins and a three-game win win streak the Vikings look strong entering this weeks game.
The DHC offense once again looks dominant, led by running back Brock Lasure and quarterback Nick Hamilton. A hard fought game against rival J.H. Rose Friday Conley is hoping to see another running back Ramon Mabry return to action after leaving the game with an ankle injury. Hamilton may have taken a few sacks against the Rampants, but the Vikings offensive line held firm for much of the matchup. They will need to improve even more if they hope to stifle the Washington pass rush.
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