2014 Season Winners
Described by head coach Tom Nelson as the “heartbeat” of the team, Evans rambled for four touchdowns in the Golden Demons’ 51-21 conquest of host archrival Hunt last Friday evening to claim a share of the 3-A Big East Conference championship. The speedy senior back found the end zone on jaunts of 5, 10, 5 and 7 yards and wound up with 92 yards on 16 rushes.
Accounted for five touchdowns and 263 yards total offense in the Rams’ 52-11 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference victory against visiting South Lenoir last Friday evening. Junior quarterback passed 30, 36 and 21 yards for TDs and found the end zone on runs of 1 and 29 yards. Rushed for 95 yards on five carries and completed 7 of 8 passes for 168 yards. Also added a pair of two-point conversion runs.
With one swing of his right leg, the senior placekicker restored Fike back into contention in the 3-A Big East Conference with the game-winning 27-yard field goal in the Golden Demons’ 14-12 victory over Rocky Mount. Connected on a 24-yard field goal early in the second quarter to give Fike a 3-0 lead.
Junior receiver snared two TD passes as the Firebirds rolled over host Northern Nash 42-7. His 43-yard scoring haul from QB Zack Foster gave Southern Nash a quick lead less than 3 minutes into the game. He pulled in a 19-yard strike just before halftime to put the Firebirds up 28-7.
In just his second game after returning from a lacerated kidney, the junior running back toted the ball 19 times for 184 yards and scored the game’s first TD in the Firebirds’ 42-35 win over No. 6 Fike. Mitchell darted 49 yards on his scoring run. Also caught three passes for 66 yards.
In his first game in more than a year, Firebirds junior showed he hasn’t missed a step. He caught a 12-yard pass from quarterback Zack Foster in the third quarter and turned it into a 52-yard TD that gave the Firebirds the lead for keeps in their 46-27 win over Tarboro at home. On Southern’s next play from scrimmage, Mitchell caught another short pass over the middle and juked his way for 40 yards and another TD. Finished with 168 all-purpose yards, including 59 on nine rushes.
Senior defensive end came up huge for the Warriors in their 42-12 win over Wilson County rival Beddingfield. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder recorded four sacks for minus-32 yards with two other tackles for a loss scattered among his 12 total stops.
Junior running back produced one of his best performances of the season in the Rams’ 50-14 loss at Farmville Central. He finished with 132 yards on 26 carries and his 40-yard TD gallop in the first quarter accounted for Greene Central’s first score.
The Warriors’ 28-0 loss to visiting Elizabeth City Northeastern does not reflect the brilliance of the defensive performance turned in by Speight. The junior linebacker was in on 12 tackles, including five for lost yardage. He was credited with 2 1/2 sacks and two stops for lost yardage against Northeastern rushers.
There was no need to pick up spares as Hyman, a 5-foot-9, 250-pound "bowling ball" of a running back, plowed through the Greene Central defense for strikes - as in 243 yards and three TDs in the Cougars' 38-28 victory. Junior scored on a 5-yard run in the first quarter and a pair of 32-yard scampers in the second quarter. Also caught the Cougars' lone completed pass, good for 10 yards.
Senior linebacker led a tenacious Beddingfield defense in the Bruins' 19-7 win over Southern Nash. In Beddingfield's first win over the Firebirds since 2008, Farmer had 12 tackles, including two for lost yardage.
Senior linebacker seemingly was in on every tackle, especially in the first half of the Golden Demons' win over Bunn. On the Wildcats' first drive of the game, the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder had a hand in all three tackles of a three-and-out. He finished with nine tackles in the first half and 13 for the game.