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TIQUEZ TAYLOR, Hunt — Senior rolled to 180 rushing yards on just 11 carries, including touchdown runs of 63 and 16 yards, in the Warriors’ 49-21 victory Wednesday at C.B. Aycock. Also ran in a two-point conversion and caught two passes for 16 yards while completing another for 10 yards. Made five tackles and deflected two passes on defense.
C.J. JOYNER, Hunt — Sophomore darted for a career-high 198 yards and two TDs on 17 carries. Scored on runs of 33 yards and 55 yards to end the scoring in each half.
CHRIS ARTIS, Hunt — His 50-yard TD catch got the Warriors going in the first quarter. He also had two carries for 16 yards and returned a kickoff 46 yards. The senior sparkled in the defensive secondary for the Warriors with an interception and two tackles, including one for loss. He also averaged 44.5 yards on two punts.
CHRISTIAN NICHOLSON, Hunt — Sophomore defensive lineman made six tackles with two coming for loss. Also caused and recovered a fumble. Was credited for four quarterback hurries.
RICKY HARRIS, Hunt — Senior linebacker registered six tackles, one for loss. Picked up a fumble and returned it 25 yards. Also deflected one pass.
CLAY MATTHEWS, C.B. Aycock — Junior quarterback passed for 145 yards in the Golden Falcons’ 49-21 loss at home to Hunt on Wednesday. Connected with Tyler Horton on a 53-yard TD toss in the third quarter. Completed 12-of-25 attempts with one interception.
TAEVIAN JACKSON, C.B. Aycock — Burly senior rumbled for 80 yards on 15 carries, that included a 3-yard TD jaunt. Also had a two-point conversion run.
QUINTON COOLEY, Southern Nash — Senior rushed for a season-high 149 yards and four TDs on just nine carries in the Firebirds’ 42-14 win at home against Bunn on Wednesday. The Wake Forest University commit also snared a 17-yard TD pass just before halftime and returned a punt for 21 yards.
MATT FOSTER, Southern Nash — Senior quarterback was accurate on 4-of-5 tosses for 48 yards and a TD while rushing nine times for 84 yards. Also returned a punt 19 yards.
TERENCE RASPBERRY, Southern Nash — Junior rang up two sacks among his team-high eight tackles.
CAMERON THOMPSON, Southern Nash — Senior linebacker collected five solo tackles and two assists, including one for loss, while causing a Bunn fumble.
JASON BLAND, Southern Nash — Senior safety recorded four tackles for loss among his five stops, including a quarterback sack of 12 yards.
CORTEZZ JONES, SW Edgecombe — Senior halfback churned for 215 yards and a pair of TDs on 20 rushes as the Cougars pulverized South Central 62-27 on Wednesday at SouthWest Edgecombe. Also returned a kickoff 75 yards for another TD and ran in a two-point conversion.
MICHAEL HUSSEY, SW Edgecombe — Senior registered 11 tackles, including nine solo stops, to go with a fumble recovery.
JA’QUEZ MACON, SW Edgecombe — Junior defensive back picked off a South Central pass and returned it 40 yards for a TD. Finished with six tackles. Also blocked a Falcons field-goal attempt.
RAEKWON BATTS, Beddingfield — Junior running back ran for 144 yards on 17 carries for two TDs in a 32-6 win over Smithfield-Selma on Sept. 4. Batts, an imposing 220-pound power back, scored a touchdown each in the first and second half and ended his night early in the third quarter after just three carries in the second half, the last that went for an untouched 6-yard score.
TRAVON NEWSOME, Beddingfield — To counter the physical running game of Batts, the 5-foot-8, 160-pound senior running back found success as a speedier option that switched things up on the Spartan defense. Newsome’s 56-yard scamper down the right sideline for the score knocked the wind out of Smithfield-Selma to make the score 25-6 just after the Spartans’ third quarter drive down to the goal line stalled out. Shortly after the score, Smithfield-Selma fell apart. Newsome’s final line was 12 carries for 113 yards and a touchdown.
CURTIS BULLOCK, Fike — Rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns in Fike’s 35-21 victory in its home opener against Kinston last Wednesday evening. Bullock plunged 2 yards and bolted 34 yards for his TDs. Amassed 95 of his rushing yards in the second half.
MIKE RAND, Fike — A strong complement in the Golden Demons running game with 89 yards on justs nine rushes. Bolted 43 and 17 yards for TDs. Also a defensive mainstay.
DEMARI DANIELS, Fike — Sophomore quarterback directed Fike to its first victory by a 35-21 count against visiting Kinston. Completed 5-of-10 passes for 46 yards and no interceptions. Added 13 yards on 11 rushes. When called upon as an emergency punter in the fourth quarter, responded with a 40-yard bunt that enabled Fike to escape the shadow of its goal line.
JACOB POWELL, Fike — The Demons forced five turnovers, including a pair of interceptions from Powell, a senior linebacker. His second theft led to a TD. Also registered two tackles for lost yardage among his five stops.
OCTAVIUS CARPENTER, Fike — Senior wide receiver took a pitch from quarterback Demari Daniels and zipped 6 yards for a TD on his only carry in Fike’s win against Kinston. Also the Demons’ leading receiver with three receptions for 42 yards.
AARON BANCROFT, Fike — Despite being hampered by a knee injury, a key all-around contributor in the Demons’ 35-21 conquest of Kinston last Wednesday. In limited offensive duty, managed 38 yards on six rushes. A leader on a defensive unit that prevented Kinston from sustaining a drive. The versatile senior was accurate on all five of his extra-point kick attempts. Punted five times for a 30-yard average — with the average including one blocked punt.