Week 5 Friday’s Finest

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TIQUEZ TAYLOR, Hunt — Triggered Warriors comeback from a 26-0 deficit to a 28-26 victory, rushing for 135 yards on 13 rushes and notching touchdowns on carries of 6 and 18 yards. Also on the receiving end of a 48-yard TD pass.

ANDREW JONES, Hunt — Assumed quarterbacking duties in the second half. The 5-foot-11, 150-pound junior directed the Warriors from a 26-0 hole midway the third quarter to a 28-26 conquest of host archrival Beddingfield. Connected on 6 of 9 passes for 113 yards, a TD and an interception. Added 22 yards rushing, inlcuding a 1-yard sneak that tied the score of 26-26 with slightly over three minutes left.

JIHREN STRICKLAND, Hunt — Played huge role in Warriors comeback. Caught four passes for 68 yards. All of the 5-foot-8, 145-pound junior’s receptions came in the second half and a pair of grabs set up TDs. Also receovered the onside kickoff after Hunt took the lead on a safety with a minute and 56 seconds remaining.

DESHAWN JACKSON, Hunt — Punted five times for a 36.2-yards average in the first half. The 6-foot-6, 248-pound senior did not have to punt in the second half. Two of his punts pinned the Bruins at their 6- and 5-yard line, respectively.

JALIL HUTCHERSON, Beddingfield — After leading rusher Marcus Parker left the game midway the first quarter and did not return, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound Hutcherson stepped up and responded with a career rushing night. Amassed 145 yards and three TDs on 16 rushes. Blasted 72 yards for a TD on his first carry and also found the end zone on bursts of 12 and 50 yards. The sophomore caught two passes for seven yards.

CODY COOPER-SPEIGHT, Fike — Junior running back sparkled despite a rough night for Fike’s offense as he rushed 15 times for 78 yards in addition to catching a 31-yard pass.

TREY WHITLEY, North Johnston — Panthers senior quarterback had the hot hand with five touchdown passes in their 47-32 win at C.B. Aycock. Completed 10-of-20 passes for 265 yards with one interception while rushing 15 times for 94 yards and another TD.

KENNETH LEE, North Johnston — Emerged as Whitley’s top target by snagging four passes for 154 yards and two TDs. His 74-yard scoring haul sparked a run of 34 straight points for the Panthers, concluding with his 46-yard TD catch.

TRAVIS RIBA, North Johnston — Had TD catches of 20 and 5 yards as part of his 62 yards on five receptions.

TYLER DANIELS, C.B. Aycock — Senior quarterback completed 9-of-14 passes for 92 yards, including touchdown passes of 4 and 23 yards to Luke Frederick in the Golden Falcons 47-32 loss at home to North Johnston.

WILLIE EDWARDS, Greene Central — Senior moved into the Times readership area rushing lead with 127 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in the Rams’ 24-20 loss Friday at Farmville Central. Now has 661 yards for a 132-yards-per-game average.

JACKSON BATCHELOR, Greene Central — Senior quarterback crested the 1,000-yard plateau with 181 yards and a TD on 11-of-18 passing with one interception.

TABORIS BYNUM, Greene Central — Senior led Rams receivers with five catches for 81 yards, including a 48-yard haul.

ZONOVAN KNIGHT, Southern Nash — Junior running back found the most success on the ground against the reigning NCHSAA 4-AA champions, accounting for 85 yards on nine carries in the Firebirds’ 35-0 loss to Wake Forest. Knight electrified the home crowd with a 49-yard run in the second quarter to help get the Firebirds inside th red zone, but the drive stalled without any points.

DESMON VICK, Southern Nash — The junior defensive back stayed keyed into Wake Forest’s Wing-T attack, leading the Firebirds with 13 tackles in the team’s 35-0 loss to defending NCHSAA 4-AA champion Wake Forest. Eight were of the solo variety.

DEVONTE TAYBRON, Southern Nash — Senior interior lineman, at 316 pounds, remained resolute against the Cougars’ running game despite the Firebirds’ loss to Wake Forest. Taybron had 11 solo tackles in waging battle with the Wake Forest offensive line.