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Week 2 Friday's Finest

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CODY COOPER-SPEIGHT, FIKE — Rushed for three touchdowns in a second straight game as the Golden Demons turned back visiting East Wake, 30-14, last Friday night. The speedy senior back rushed for 155 yards on 30 carries and scored on jaunts of 4, 23 and 3 yards.

AARON BANCROFT, Fike — Stood out on both sides of the football as the Demons posted their first 2018 victory against one loss. The versatile junior rushed for 57 yards on just four carries and was even more active on defense with four unassisted tackles and five assists.

OCTAVIUS CARPENTER, Fike — Scampered 39 yards on an option pitch from quarterback Josh Avery to set up the Demons’ first touchdown. The junior also caught two passes for 21 yards and came up with an interception at the Fike 5-yard line to squelch an East Wake threat in the final quarter.

TIQUEZ TAYLOR, Hunt — The rushing yards came a lot tougher for the Warriors’ scatback in a 14-0 triumph at Hertford County last Friday night. Still paced Hunt with 60 yards on 20 rushes and scored a two-point conversion. Was most prominent in the defensive secondary with six pass deflections  to go with two tackles.

CHRISTIAN PHABY, Hunt — Senior defensive tackle led the way in the Warriors’ first shutout since Oct. 30, 2015, with 12 tackles, including eight solo stops. Five were for loss of yardage, including three sacks. Phaby also recovered a fumble and returned it 8 yards.

DIVINE HORNE, Hunt — Junior linebacker made eight tackles, including a sack, with five being unassisted.

JAHQUEL JEFFERSON, Hunt — Sophomore defensive tackle had two tackles for loss among his three stops and recovered a Hertford County fumble.

KEDAR DARDEN, SW Edgecombe — Junior linebacker scooped and scored on a 57-yard fumble recovery and made eight tackles, including six solo, in the Cougars’ 47-0 blanking of North Edgecombe.

LARRY TAYLOR, SW Edgecombe — Senior linebacker led the Cougars with nine tackles, including a 7-yard sack.

CORTEZZ JONES, SW Edgecombe — Junior ran for a team-high 76 total yards, including an 87-yard TD gallop, and caught one pass for 11 yards. Defensively, made six tackles and kicked off eight times for a 31.3-yard average.

JELAN SMITH, SW Edgecombe — Senior came up with six solo tackles and two assists while causing a fumble from his defensive end spot. Also rushed three times for 34 yards.

KEISHON PORTER, SW Edgecombe — Led the team with three catches for 67 yards, including a 31-yard TD grab.

ZONOVAN KNIGHT, Southern Nash — Another big night for the senior halfback as he ran 11 times for 168 yards, including TD runs of 53 and 51 yards, in the Firebirds’ 55-20 destruction of host Nash Central.

QUINTON COOLEY, Southern Nash — Proved to be a splendid complement to Knight by churning for 109 yards on just four carries, two of which ended up in the end zone. Ran 84 yards for the Firebirds’ first score and added a 35-yard TD reception and an 8-yard scoring run in the second quarter.

MATT FOSTER, Southern Nash — Junior QB galloped 54 yards for Southern Nash’s second TD and fired a 35-yard scoring pass in the second quarter.

A.J. DUPREE, Greene Central — The 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior showed precisely why his name should be in consideration for both the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference offensive and defensive player of the year awards after Friday’s 38-35 win at Charles B. Aycock. Dupree turned in what proved to be the game-winning 87-yard interception return with 4:11 to play and added 179 yards rushing on 14 carries. Dupree, getting steady NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision recruiting interest, scored on runs of 61 and 72 yards.

TAEVIAN JACKSON, C.B. Aycock — Despite a losing cause last week, the workhorse of the C.B. Aycock backfield turned in a powerful performance. Jackson, also a middle linebacker, ran the ball 27 times for 150 yards, accounting for a pair of TDs.

ALIJUAN MOORE, C.B. Aycock — Junior wide receiver made his presence felt downfield and in the secondary. Hauled in three receptions for 90 yards and returned an interception 20 yards for a score to give the Golden Falcons a 7-6 lead in the first quarter.

JAYLAN ROBINSON, C.B. Aycock — Sure-handed senior wideout tacked on five more receptions to his early season total in last week’s loss to Greene Central. Piled up 86 yards on those five receptions and pulled in a 20-yard TD pass in the first quarter to expand CBA’s lead to 14-6.

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