Week 13's Finest

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JUSTIN DANIELS, Fike — Senior running back tallied 123 yards on 20 carries, including a 45-yard scoring jaunt in the fourth quarter of Friday’s 30-14 win over Erwin Triton in the opening round of the NCHSAA 3-A playoffs.

PORTER WATSON, Fike — Watson, a 6-foot-4 senior wide receiver, hauled in his first two touchdowns of 2017 at the right time Friday in Fike’s playoff win over Triton. Watson had TDs on both of his receptions, which totaled 41 yards. Was wide open on a 36-yard pass from Jaelynn Melton in the second quarter. Later in the first half, established inside position on the slant and caught a five-yard scoring strike to put the Demons up 21-0 at halftime.

JAQUAN APPLEWHITE, Fike — Demons linebacker received a “scoop and score” present to open the scoring in Friday’s 30-14 win over Triton in the first round of the NCHSAA 3-A playoffs. As the Hawks lined up to attempt a 39-yard field goal, the snap was bobbled and fell to the Buddy Bedgood Stadium turf. Applewhite scooped it up and returned it 60 yards, giving Fike its first TD and momentum on a cold night.

BRANDON ATKINSON, Fike — After torching Triton for over 200 yards receiving in the regular season, Atkinson didn’t reprise the feat in the win over Triton. Nevertheless, Atkinson, a senior, caught two passes for 37 yards and drew a pair of pass interference calls in man coverage deep down the field.

JALIL HUTCHERSON, Beddingfield  For one of the few times this season, failed to rush for 100 yards, but played a huge role in the Bruins’ 23-12 win against Farmville Central in the opening round of the 2-A playoffs. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound sophomore snared a 45-yard TD pass that put the Bruins out front for keeps and rushed for 53 yards on 10 carries.

MARCUS PARKER, Beddingfield — Assumed the rushing spotlight with a game-high 125 yards on 15 carries and caught one pass for 20 yards to set up a TD, and darted 21 yards for a fourth-quarter TD.. The 5-9, 185--pound seniors longest run was for 31 yards.

SEAN JONES, Beddingfield — In his second outing since returning from an injury, completed 3 of 5 passes for 74 yards and a TD. The 5-10, 185-pound senior did not throw an interception and rushed for 37 yards on 15 trots. Directed a turnover-free offense in wet, sloppy conditions.

JOSE CABRERA, Beddingfield — Developing into dependable offensive weapon as a place-kicker. The 5-10, 175-pound senior staked the Bruins with a 36-yard field goal, the longest of his career. Also accurate on both extra-point kick attempts.

ZION HINNANT, Beddingfield — Capped a solid defensive performance by returning an interception 38 yards for as TD to clinch 23-12 triumph against visiting Farmville Central in the opening round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A playoffs last Thursday night.

QUINTON COOLEY, Southern Nash  Enjoyed  dream game as special teams performer and defender in the Firebirds’ 76-12 debacle against visitng Fayetteville Westover in the opening round of the NCHSAA playoffs last Friday night. The 5-9, 175-pound sophomore recovered the opponent’s fumble on the opening kickoff, was the first to pounce on a pooched Southern Nash kickoff to set up a TD and weaved 48 yards for a TD on a punt return. During the 2017 season, Cooley has returned five punts and one fumble recovery for TDs.

ZONOVAN KNIGHT, Southern Nash — Rushed for 77 yards and three touchdowns in the Firebirds’ opening-round romp against Westover. Darted 55 yards for his first TD and did not play in the second half with Southern Nash leading 56-0 at intermission.

KENDRICK BELL, Southern Nash — His team’s top rusher in playoff victory with 98 yards on 15 carries. The Firebirds’ senior scored two touchdowns and did not play in the second half.

DAYLON WHITLEY, Southern Nash — Up from the junior varsity, all but unstoppable offensive force in the second half with 87 yards and two touchdowns on six rushes. Scored on jaunts of 10 and 15 yards.

DEFENSE, Southern Nash — Played only in the first half. Not only shut out Westover but allowed just one first down and minus-31 yards total offense. Responding with plays to set up TDs were junior Kedric Anderson, senior Dae’One Wilkins and sophomore Quinton Cooley

WILLIE EDWARDS, Greene Central — Senior provided the big plays again for the Rams in their 28-6 victory over 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference rival Kinston in the first round of the NCHSAA 2-A playoffs. He bolted 97 yards for Greene Central’s first touchdown early in the second quarter and finished with 117 yards on 12 carries.

TABORIS BYNUM, Greene Central — Senior provided the exclamation point to the Rams’ win with a 28-yard pick six in the fourth quarter to go with one catch for 30 yards.

JAVON EDWARDS, Greene Central — Senior proved to be fine complement to the other Edwards as he ran for 99 yards on 12 carries, including 1-yard TD plunge in the fourth quarter. 

ALEX FOSTER, SW Edgecombe — Senior workhorse for the Cougars ran for 150 yards and three TDs in their 34-13 victory over Hertford County in the NCHSAA 2-A playoff opener in Pinetops.

DASHON BANDY, SW Edgecombe — Junior rambled for 151 yards on just nine carries, including a 77-yard scoring run in the second quarter. Had a 35-yard kickoff return and a 15-yard punt return. On defense, he made five tackles, including one for loss.

JAHKELE GOINS, SW Edgecombe — Senior intercepted two Hertford passes and knocked down another while making five unassisted tackles and helping on two others.

BRYAN WOOTEN, SW Edgecombe — Senior had a sack among his four tackles and recovered a Bears fumble.

ZYKEI CALLAHAN, SW Edgecombe — Junior rang up five tackles, including a sack, while causing a fumble.

JORDAN CLAYTON, SW Edgecombe — Junior led the Cougars with eight tackles, including three for loss.