Week 12's Finest

Posted 11/10/19

MIKE RAND, Fike — Senior running back ran with a purpose and in a straight line during Friday night’s rout of archrival Hunt, compiling 188 yards on 13 carries in the Demons’ 38-7 …

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Week 12's Finest

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MIKE RAND, Fike — Senior running back ran with a purpose and in a straight line during Friday night’s rout of archrival Hunt, compiling 188 yards on 13 carries in the Demons’ 38-7 win. Scored on runs of 2 and 13 yards as the Golden Demons reached the NCHSAA 3-A playoffs.

CURTIS BULLOCK, Fike — Emerged a capable complement to Rand in Fike’s rushing attack, logging 88 yards on 18 tough carries in the Fike victory. Had runs of 14 and 2 yards.

OFFENSIVE LINE, Fike — Proved a convincing victor at the line of scrimmage in the Golden Demons’ 38-7 win over Hunt, plowing the way for 280 yards with junior Lamont Batts, senior Zavion Taylor-Best, junior James Branch, senior Marquez Boyette and senior Zavier Ivery.

OCTAVIUS CARPENTER, Fike Snared two interceptions and didn’t let the Hunt offense gain any traction through the air as the senior cornerback came within an eyelash of at least four, perhaps five passing thefts. 

EL AVENT, Fike — Freshman defensive back intercepted a Hunt pass and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter to give the Demons a 24-0 cushion over the Warriors in the third quarter.

WILL FOGLEMAN, Fike Sophomore was steady in the kicking game, knocking in a 31-yard field goal to end the first half and converting three of four extra points in his team’s 38-7 win over Hunt.

TIQUEZ TAYLOR, Hunt — Senior running back battled in the effort to keep his team in the playoff conversation, finishing with 96 yards on 18 carries in his team’s loss to archrival Fike. Taylor had a 35-yard run in the third quarter to avert the shutout.

MATT FOSTER, Southern Nash — With Quinton Cooley held out of the regular-season finale, Foster put on display the abilities that have taken the double-wing offense to another level in 2019. Tallied 147 yards on 14 carries and three touchdowns in his team’s 49-20 win over Franklinton that clinched the Firebirds’ fourth straight Big East title.

JACKSON VICK, Southern Nash — Sophomore running back compiled 107 yards on only eight carries as Southern Nash wrapped up the No. 1 seed for the NCHSAA 3-A playoffs with a 49-20 win over Franklinton.

JASON BLAND, Southern Nash — Not to be outdone, the senior added seven carries for 98 yards in the Firebirds’ win over Franklinton.

TAEVIAN JACKSON, C.B. Aycock — Capped off the most successful regular season in the Steve Brooks era with a 22-carry, 176-yard performance that vaulted the senior running back and the Golden Falcons to a wild 60-48 win over Eastern Wayne.

CLAY MATTHEWS, C.B. Aycock — Junior quarterback ended an undefeated year against Wayne County competition in style, throwing for 230 yards and five TDs in a 60-48 victory over Eastern Wayne. Matthews completed 10 of his 16 pass attempts.

ALIJUAN MOORE, C.B. Aycock — Senior wide receiver hauled in five receptions for 90 yards and a pair of TDs in his team’s 60-48 victory over Eastern Wayne.

SETH SHEPARD, C.B. Aycock — The Swiss-army knife for the Golden Falcons struck again, this time adding two receiving touchdowns in a 60-45 win over Eastern Wayne. Shepard had three grabs for 65 yards.

CAMRON PRIVETTE, North Johnston — Helped the Panthers end the year on a high note in North Johnston’s 27-26 overtime win at Nash Central. Tallied 14 carries for 103 yards and a TD.

GRAHAM WALSTON, North Johnston — Kicked a pair of field goals and three extra points in as many tries as the North Johnston varsity football team ended its season with a 27-26 overtime upset of host Nash Central last Friday night. Walston’s 44-yard field goal with 20 seconds left in regulation produced a 20-20 tie and forced overtime. With the score knotted 26-26 in overtime, the senior kicking specialist booted the winning extra point from 25 — not 20 yards — out. His 30-yard field goal staked the Panthers to a 17-13 lead in the final quarter.

CORTEZZ JONES, SouthWest Edgecombe -— Enjoyed a Senior Night to remember in the Cougars’ 60-22 victory against Beddingfield that clinched the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference championship. Blasted for 167 yards on 18 rushes and scored four rushing TDs. Also caught a 35-yard TD pass from junior quarterback Jackson Lewis. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound senior boosted his season’s rushing total over the 1,000-yard mark.

KEISHON PORTER, SouthWest Edgecombe Wound up with three receptions for 35 yards in the Cougars’ rout of Beddingfield. All three catches were sternly contested. The 6-4, 180-pound senior capped his performance with a 27-yard catch for the Cougars’ final TD. Porter made the TD catch while falling backwards in the end zone.

DEMARI MABRY, SouthWest Edgecombe Also rushed for 100-plus yards and notched two TDs in SouthWest’s conference-championship clinching win. The 6-foot, 180-pound junior dashed 48 and 42 yards for TDs and amassed 118 yards on seven rushes.

RAEKWON BATTS, Beddingfield Once again a load for the opposing defense. The bullish sophomore fullback thundered for a game-high 184 yards on 22 rushes and accounted for Bruins’ TDs on trots of 45 and 15 yards. Also ran for a two-point conversion.

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JALIL HUTCHERSON, Beddingfield Flirted with giving the Bruins a pair of 100-yard rushers in a losing cause at SouthWest Edgecombe last Friday night. The 5-10, 170-pound senior wound up with 88 yards on nine rushes. Hutcherson scored the first Beddingfield TD on a 39-yard jaunt and ended his team’s scoring with the reception of a two-point pass on the game’s final play.