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Week 12 Friday’s Finest

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KAVARIS EVANS, Fike — Asserted his presence offensively and defensively in Golden Demons 31-6 victory last Friday night that clinched a second straight Wilson County championship. The 5-foot-10, 150-pound junior caught two passes for 79 yards and a TD. His 57-yard grab set up a TD and his TD reception of 22 yards occurred in the final five seconds of the first half. Defensively, Evans halted a Hunt threat with an interception in the fourth quarter and his second interception, for all practical purposes, ended the game.

JOSH  AVERY, Fike — The junior stepped in for the inured Jaelynn Melton at quarterback and directed the Golden Demons to Wilson County championship. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Avery connected of 10 of 17 passes for 180 yards, an interception and a touchdown. Rushed for 49 yards on six carries, and his option runs set up final TD.

CODY COOPER-SPEIGHT  — Despite limited playing time because of an injury, the Demons’ leading rusher amassed 70 yards on nine rushes. The 5-8, 140-pound junior was also a factor in the passing game with two grabs for 32 yards.

JUSTIN DANIELS — Responded with his usual hard-nosed contributions offensively and defensively. The 6-0, 185-pound senior rushed for 39 y ards and a touchdown on 11 carries. Defensively, Daniels registered several key tackles, including a couple for lost yardage.

TIQUEZ TAYLOR, Hunt — Accounted for some 60 percent of the Warriors’ offense with a game-high 110 yards on 14 rushes and snared four passes for 65 yards in his team’s 31-6 loss to archrival Fike in the regular-season finale for both teams.

ANDREW JONES, Hunt — Drew the start at quarterback as the Warriors ended a difficult 2017 season with a 31-6 defeat to archrival Fike in the showdown for the Wilson County championship. The 5-11, 145-pound junior moved the Warriors well in the opening half and wound up completing 15 of 24 passes for 116 yards and an interception.

ZONOVAN KNIGHT, Southern Nash — In a season full of big nights, the Firebirds junior wingback had the biggest of all with 252 rushing yards and four touchdowns on just seven carries as Southern Nash wrecked Franklinton 60-7 to wrap up its second straight 3-A Big East Conference title and post its 11th consecutive conference regular-season win. Dashed 64 yards for a TD on the game’s first play from scrimmage before going 90 yards on another trip to the end zone in the first quarter. Added scoring runs of 66 and 29 yards before halftime.

KENDRICK BELL, Southern Nash — Knight’s partner in prime time all season, the senior wingback scored on runs of 36 and 2 yards as part of a 73-yard night on just seven carries.

DAE’ONE WILKINS, Southern Nash — Senior safety racked up six tackles and returned an interception 20 yards for a TD.

KEVIN TERRELL, Southern Nash — Senior cornerback led the Firebirds with seven tackles and also reached the end zone after picking off a Franklinton pass and going 28 yards for the score.

JALIL HUTCHERSON, Beddingfield — Sophomore running back plunged in for the game-winning score with just over nine minutes remaining in the third quarter to lead the Bruins to a share of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference title with a 10-7 win at SouthWest Edgecombe. Hutcherson, in the Bruins’ run-heavy attack, tallied 119 yards on 18 carries.

SEAN JONES, Beddingfield — Senior quarterback made all the right decisions in the running game, carrying the ball 20 times for an even 100 yards in the Bruins’ 10-7 victory at SouthWest Edgecombe. Jones converted a key first down on the Bruins’ final drive to ice the remainder of the clock.

MARCUS PARKER, Beddingfield — Senior running back was the third cog in the Beddingfield ground game Friday night, amassing 66 yards on 15 carries in Beddingfield’s win at SouthWest. Recovered a fumble on defense and had a 77-yard TD run called back due to an illegal formation.

JAREIL COLLINS, SW Edgecombe — Junior outside linebacker led the Cougars defense with 10 total tackles Friday in SouthWest’s 10-7 loss to Beddingfield to close the regular season. Seven were of the solo variety.

DASHON BANDY, SW Edgecombe — Bandy, a junior cornerback, helped set up SouthWest’s only TD in a 10-7 loss to Beddingfield on Friday night. On a night where the Cougars struggled to fire up their potent ground game, Bandy intercepted a Bruins pass and returned it to the Beddingfield 2-yard line. That set up a 2-yard plunge from senior Alex Foster. Tallied 25 yards on 12 carries.

WILLIE EDWARDS, Greene Central — Senior fullback was just about all the offense the Rams needed as they knocked off Ayden-Grifton 31-19 to secure third place in the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference. Ran for 221 yards and four TDs on 20 carries while catching two passes for 18 yards, giving him 88.5 percent of Greene Central’s offensive yardage.

A.J. DUPREE, Greene Central — Junior defensive back led the Rams with nine solo tackles to go with an interception.

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