Week 9 Friday's Finest

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RAEKWON BATTS, Beddingfield — The sophomore bulldozer thundered for 151 yards and a touchdown on 23 rushes in Beddingfield’s 21-12 homecoming win against 2-A Eastern Plains Conference foe North Pitt last Friday night. His TD came on a 10-yard jaunt in the second quarter. Batts also recovered a fumble.

JALIL HUTCHERSON, Beddingfield — Senior running back complemented Batts with 77 yards on nine rushes. The 5-foot-1, 170-pound back took an option pitch from quarterback Garritt Harris and scooted into the end zone from 7 yards out.

JAH’QUEZ ARTIS, Beddingfield — Emerged “king for the night” as the Bruins observed homecoming and won their varsity football game from North Pitt, 21-12. The 5-9, 165-pound senior was crowned homecoming king during the halftime ceremony and, with his team clinging to a 14-12 lead, tallied an insurance, “king-size” TD from 4 yards out with 10 minutes, 7 seconds left. Wound up with 29 yards on seven carries.

DAVALLICE RASBERRY, Beddingfield — His interception was arguably the turning point in Beddingfield’s 21-12 homecoming win against North Pitt. The Bruins owned a 14-12 margin but North Pitt was threatened with a drive that reached the Bruins’ 11-yard line before Rasberry, a senior, stepped in with his interception in the end zone. Had Beddingfield’s only pass reception for 15 yards.

BRYAN RICO, Beddingfield — Connected on all three of his extra-point kick attempts in the Bruins’ 21-12 triumph against North Pitt last Friday evening. In two conference games, the senior place-kicker is seven-for-seven in PAT tries.

TIQUEZ TAYLOR, Hunt — Senior running back continued his steady protection for the Warriors despite his team’s 43-21 loss at Rocky Mount on Friday. Taylor finished with 90 yards on 15 carries, including a 63-yard trot in the third quarter that set up a touchdown.

CHRIS ARTIS, Hunt — Asked to play a number of roles for the Warriors, the senior wide receiver and cornerback did his part in keeping Hunt relevant in its loss to Rocky Mount. His 67-yard punt return for a touchdown, weaving in and out of traffic, put the Warriors on the board. Added a 7-yard toss from quarterback A.J. Kovach in the third quarter and handled the punting duties.

AUNDREY LOFTIN, Hunt — Started the Hunt response to an early three-touchdown deficit by forcing a Rocky Mount fumble and slowing the Gryphons’ momentum in the second quarter.

DAVON JONES, Hunt — With the outcome decided, sophomore wide receiver put his physical gifts on display on the final Hunt drive, snaring back-to-back passes for 39 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown pass where he boxed out a Rocky Mount defender to haul in the football at its highest point. Had four receptions for 52 yards.

MIKE RAND, Fike — Senior middle linebacker led the Golden Demons’ defensive charge in their 21-6 victory at Franklinton for their first 3-A Big East Conference win. Was credited with three tackles, including a sack, while also intercepting a pass and causing a fumble. Also rushed 16 times for 66 yards and averaged 37 yards on four kickoffs.

CURTIS BULLOCK, Fike — Senior led the Demons with 91 yards on 12 carries, including a 3-yard TD in the fourth quarter. Also caught two passes for 11 yards and returned a kick for 11.

MONTA HOWARD, Fike — Senior was credited with five tackles and two pass deflections. Caught one pass for 26 yards and returned a kickoff 22 yards.

JAYLEEN BULLOCK, Fike — Junior had a sack among his five tackles while also blocking a punt.

OCTAVIUS CARPENTER, Fike — Senior had a hand in offense, defense and special teams for the Demons as he caught three passes for 31 yards and rushed once for seven yards. Intercepted a Red Rams pass and deflected another. Also made one tackle and returned a kickoff 14 yards.

QUINTON COOLEY, Southern Nash — Another big outing for the 5-foot-8, 193-pound senior, who ran for 243 yards and six TDs in the Firebirds’ 55-23 win at home against 3-A Big East Conference rival Northern Nash. Scored on runs of 56 and 35 yards in the first half before peeling off four straight TD runs of 15, 15, 3 and 43 yards in the second half. Also caught a 10-yard pass and made three tackles on defense.

MATT FOSTER, Southern Nash — Senior quarterback with another impeccable outing, completing 5-of-7 passes for 59 yards, 35 of those coming on a TD pass to Izaiah Walker-Warren. Also rushed eight times for 26 yards.

IZAIAH WALKER-WARREN, Southern Nash — Senior scooted 35 yards for a TD reception, totaling 41 yards on two grabs. Also rushed 20 yards on his first carry of the season. Returned a kickoff 50 yards and made three solo tackles on defense.

JACKSON VICK, Southern Nash — Sophomore finished the scoring on a 32-yard run, part of a 77-yard rushing night. Also made two tackles and returned a kickoff 42 yards.

TERENCE RASPBERRY, Southern Nash — Junior defensive end led the Firebirds with eight tackles, including five solo stops. Two tackles were for loss of yardage.

DEMARI MABRY, SouthWest Edgecombe — Exploded for a career-high 163 yards and a TD on a mere 11 rushes as the homestanding Cougars rolled to a 36-0 conquest of 2-A Eastern Plains Conference rival Nash Central.

SW EDGECOMBE DEFENSE — Posted its second shutout of the 2019 season by a 36-0 margin against conference rival Nash Central last Friday evening. The Bulldogs were limited to seven first downs and SouthWest registered five takeaways. Senior Michael Hussey picked off two Bulldogs’ passes and junior Ja’quez Mason and senior Deontray Ebron had one each. Senior Kaleb Joyner recovered a Nash Central fumble.

TAE JACKSON, C.B. Aycock — Enjoyed another big rushing night, pounding 167 yards on 30 rushes and scoring a TD on a 2-yard plunge. Also caught three passes for 26 yards as the Golden Falcons lost 28-21 to Greenville Rose in their final 2019 home game.

CLAY MATTHEWS, C.B. Aycock — Quarterback connected 11-of-24 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns in last Friday night’s 28-21 conference loss to Greenville Rose. The 5-11, 150-pound junior pitched scoring passes of 20 and 35 yards. He threw one interception.

HUNTER ROBINSON, C.B. Aycock — The 6-foot-3, 200-pound tight end’s three receptions included a 35-yarder that staked the Golden Falcons to a 21-14 lead in the third quarter. The junior finished with three grabs for 44 yards. 

CAMDEN AYCOCK, North Johnston — Senior quarterback was spot on with three touchdown passes, another one on the ground and 253 combined offensive yards in the Panthers’ 38-26 defeat of Farmville Central for their first 2-A Eastern Plains Conference win. Completed 5-of-9 passes for 183 yards and rushed 10 times for 70 yards in North Johnston’s most prolific offensive outing of the season.

CARSSE LUCAS, North Johnston — Senior was on the receiving end of two Aycock TD tosses and finished with three catches for 103 yards, a season high.

CAMRON PRIVETTE, North Johnston — Senior pounded his way to 107 yards on 11 carries.

GRAHAM WALSTON, North Johnston — Senior kicker was good on all five of his extra-point attempts and connected on a 35-yard field goal just before halftime.

RAKUAN RODRIGUES, North Johnston — Senior rushed for 87 yards and a TD on 12 carries while catching one pass for 15 yards.