Local football teams look to bounce back and keep momentum in Week 3 | High schools
Week 3 of the high school football season sees some county teams looking to bounce back from unbalanced losses, while others look to build on the momentum from last week’s wins.
In games scheduled for Thursday night, Catholic John Paul II hosts Wake Christian Academy at 6 p.m., JH Rose makes the trip to Elizabeth City to face Northeastern at 7:30 p.m., Greene Central heads to Beddingfield for a 7 p.m. tilt and North Pitt faces Southeast Halifax at home.
Regular contests on Friday include Conley heading to Cleveland (7:30 p.m.), Farmville Central heading to West Carteret, and Ayden-Grifton entertaining Kinston – the last two games are at 7 p.m.
Washington in South Central, originally scheduled for Friday, has been postponed and rescheduled for September 14, as the Falcons are currently on COVID protocols.
WAKE CHRISTIAN AT JEAN-PAUL II
John Paul II, with several returns from the state 8-a-side finalist football team last season, has already beaten an 11-a-side football team this season – East Chapel Hill. Now the Saints are looking to make two in a row with another home game – this time against a Wake Christian Academy team making their debut in the season.
“I thought we played well the first time we played 11-a-side football,” JP II coach Sean Murphy said. “The kids executed on offense and defense and we only had one penalty – on the first play of the game.”
Regarding Wake Christian, Murphy said, “This is an established 11-player football team. They run an extended set and love to pitch football and have two physical defensive linemen so we’re going to have our hands full. That will be difficult.
GREENE CENTRAL IN BEDDINGFIELD
Someone is looking for their first win of the season as the Rams (0-2) visit the Bruins (0-2).
Daniel Dennie, who recorded 11 tackles last week against Kinston, leads the Rams defense. He is ably assisted by Tre Dodd (six tackles, one interception) and Zyquan Williams.
“Beddingfield is very athletic,” said GC coach Jason Wilson. “Their talented players are dangerous in the open field. Defensively we need to play sound and not allow the big game. Offensively we will look to come back to the scoreboard with a solid running game and establish our identity. “
JH ROSE IN THE NORTHEAST
First, the game has been moved from Thursday to Wednesday so that the teams can avoid inclement weather.
However, the rain arrived early enough on Wednesday that the coaches chose to postpone the competition until Thursday (when it is supposed to clear up).
Rose (0-2) just won 41 points at the hands of Cleveland last week. The 2A Eagles (1-0) beat Rocky Mount 14-8 last week when they ran for 275 yards and passed for 149 more.
SOUTHEAST HALIFAX AT NORTH PITT
The Southeast is looking to bounce back from a 49-6 loss to Nash Central. The Trojans (0-1) are mostly made up of freshmen and sophomores, but are athletic and play a ‘crowd on the line’ defense and perform everything from Power I to Wishbone to sets. empty in attack.
“We have to perform at a high level on offense, especially limiting turnovers, and we have to tackle the defense well and be strong in the secondary if we are to win,” said North Pitt coach Greg Watford. .
The Panthers (1-1) are looking for their fourth victory in their last five games dating back to the end of last season.
KINSTON TO AYDEN-GRIFTON
Kinston (2-0) presents an athletic attack that uses counters, outdoor runs and screens. Messiah Semndaia can throw and execute the ball.
The Chargers (1-1) are led by running back Rahmik Moore, who rushed for 416 rushing yards in his first two games.
“We were able to throw the ball a bit,” said AG coach Todd Lipe. “So we think we could have an opportunity on this side of the ball. It should be a good game and we hope to have a chance in the end.
FARMVILLE CENTRAL IN CARTERET WEST
The Jaguars (1-1) are looking to bounce back from last week’s 23-point loss to North Lenoir by heading to Morehead City to face the Patriots (1-1), who fell to East Bladen last week.
“West Carteret are very disciplined and they play hard,” said Jaguars coach Ron Cook. “We need to be more physical than them upstream and limit our own mistakes; defensively, we have to stop their quarterback (Jamarion Montford), who is very sneaky and runs well. We must also be solid in our techniques and carry out our missions with authority. “
CONLEY IN CLEVELAND
The Vikings (0-2) have a tough job this week trying to contain the Rams (2-0), who outscored their first two opponents 107-14. Omarion Hampton (178 yards rushing vs. JH Rose) is the main rusher, but Cleveland has athletes all over the field.
“We have to be fundamentally strong, execute our game plan and play our game to the best of our ability,” said Conley coach Nate Conner. “We have to play our gaps and read our keys defensively because they are a great football team, but they are not a perfect football team and they would be the first to tell you that.
“Is it a climb? Absoutely. But it will be exciting to see how our kids handle this. We can’t worry about (Cleveland) – we have to worry every week about growing up and being the best DH Conley football team we can be.
SOCCER John Paul II 4 St. Thomas More 3 OT
JPII football got a hat trick on the road from junior Esteban Escobar as the Saints won a thriller.
Freshman Ryan Smith added the other goal from John Paul II (1-2), who hosts the Coast Brigade on Tuesday.
VOLLEYBALL John Paul II 3 St. Thomas More 0
JPII volleyball was swept away in Raleigh on Wednesday 25-21, 25-5 and 25-12.
The Saints (6-3) are back on the road to Lawrence Academy next Wednesday.
TENNIS JH Rose 7, Center Sud 1
The Rampants won a key victory over the County rivals Falcons on Tuesday in a showdown that ended a game short due to the darkness.
After South Central ace Pradnya Akvia overtook Edie Yount in first place in singles, Rose went on to claim seven straight wins.
Dabney Osborne, Emily Mitchum, Cecelia Batton, Britton Seymour and Carson Radcliff rounded out the singles play with wins, and pairs Christine Carter / Katie Satterfield and Jenny Blount / Lily Walker finished the win.
Rose welcomes Northside today.