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RAEKWON BATTS, Beddingfield — Continued to find his niche in Carl Smith’s power-I offense, running 28 times for 162 yards and a pair of TDs in the Bruins 26-24 win over Fike. Batts scored on a 2-yard plunge to get Beddingfield on the board and added a 24-yard rumble on the Bruins’ first drive of the third quarter that gave Beddingfield a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
JALIL HUTCHERSON, Beddingfield — The complement to Batts slashed his way to a 19-carry showing for 79 yards and a touchdown in Beddingfield’s first win against Fike since 2012. Hutcherson scored on a 16-yard toss play in the fourth quarter that put the Bruins up by two possessions at 26-17.
OFFENSIVE LINE, Beddingfield — As a unit, paved the way for 263 yards rushing in the Bruins’ 26-24 victory at Fike.
JAYLEEN BULLOCK, Fike — Junior defensive lineman couldn’t be blocked despite Beddingfield’s success in the power-I in Friday’s 26-24 loss to the Bruins. Bullock had a hand in an obscene 16 total tackles, including three behind the line of scrimmage. Nine were solo tackles.
TYRELL BOYKIN, Fike — Sophomore linebacker blocked a Beddingfield punt that set up a 21-yard field goal in the Golden Demons’ loss to the Bruins.
AARON BANCROFT, Fike — Senior was a presence on defense and special teams despite the Golden Demons’ 26-24 loss to county rival Beddingfield. Bancroft connected on all three of his extra-point attempts and made a 21-yard field goal. On defense, tallied 10 total tackles.
JACOB POWELL, Fike — Despite briefly leaving the field with injury in the second half, Powell returned to tie for the team lead in tackles with 10 in Fike’s 26-24 loss to Beddingfield.
DALTON GARWOOD, Hunt — Senior assumed quarterbacking duties in the second half and directed the winning drive in Hunt’s 15-12 victory against visiting East Wake last Friday night. Completed four passes in the drive and gained 13 yards on a keeper. Completed 6-of-9 passes in the second half for 60 yards and the winning touchdown. Garwood did not throw an interception.
TIQUEZ TAYLOR, Hunt — Split offensive duties at quarterback in the deep set in the first two quarters and at running back the second half. Churned for 49 hard-earned yards on 20 rushes and scored one TD. Connected on 2-of-9 passes for 35 yards and no interceptions. Also a leader in the defensive secondary.
DAVON JONES, Hunt — Brought the crowd to life with a sensational catch in the left corner of the end zone that propelled Hunt to a 13-12 lead midway the fourth quarter. Hunt’s Warriors went on to win 15-12 and Jones had two catches for 26 yards.
DEFENSE, Hunt — The quartet of sophomore Christian Nicholson, junior Andrey Loftin, senior Schilick Sauls and senior Zion Barnes anchored a defense that limited East Wake of the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference to 180 yards and 12 points last Friday night. Nicholson piled up seven solo tackles, three assists, three quarterback sacks, six tackles for loss and five quarterback hurries. Lofton contributed 11 solo stops four assists and three tackles for loss. Sauls asserted his presence with six solos, four assists, two for losses and four hurries. Barnes’ sheet included seven solo tackles, five assists and one for lost yardage.
TAEVIAN JACKSON, C.B. Aycock — Senior running back accounted for all three TDs in the Golden Falcons’ 21-14 win over Goldsboro. Finished with 129 yards on 26 carries.
ALIJUAN MOORE, C.B. Aycock — Senior wide receiver hauled in seven receptions for 75 yards to lead the CBA passing game in its 21-14 win at Goldsboro.
M.J. COOPER, C.B. Aycock — Snared a pair of interceptions to account for two of five CBA takeaways in a 21-14 triumph at Goldsboro.
QUINTON COOLEY, Southern Nash — Senior running back churned for a season-high 225 yards and five touchdowns on the ground and caught a TD pass as the Firebirds walloped host South Granville 55-27 to improve to 4-0. Scored on TD runs of 59, 37 and 3 yards in the first half before hauling in a 26-yard scoring pass to start the second-half scoring for the Firebirds, then added scoring runs of 5 and 62 yards. Finished with 292 all-purpose yards.
IZAIAH WALKER-WARREN, Southern Nash — Led the Firebirds with 10 total tackles, including eight solo takedowns. Intercepted a Vikings pass and returned it 70 yards for a TD in the second quarter. Also returned a South Granville punt 32 yards.
JASON BLAND, Southern Nash — Had two tackles for loss, including a sack, among his six total tackles. Also rushed twice for 26 yards each time, one for a TD.
MATT FOSTER, Southern Nash — Senior quarterback completed 4-of-6 passes for 55 yards and a TD while rushing four times for 37 yards.
RAY WOOTEN, SW Edgecombe — Junior quarterback was on point again for the Cougars, leading them to a 47-0 blowout at Bertie County. Completed 4-of-5 pass attempts for 133 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Also plunged two yards for another Cougars score.
KEISHON PORTER, SW Edgecombe — Senior snared two passes for 62 yards, including a 37-yard haul for a TD.
CORTEZZ JONES, SW Edgecombe — Caught a pair of passes for 71 yards and a TD while rushing five times for 51 yards.
DEMARI MABRY, SW Edgecombe — Junior paced the Cougars with six carries for a season-high 101 yards and two TDs. Broke a 44-yard run. Also made four tackles on defense.
JOHN BARRETT, SW Edgecombe — Junior led the Cougars with 11 tackles, including five solo stops.
JA’QUEZ MACON, SW Edgecombe — Junior picked off a pair of Bertie passes, including a 68-yard return on one, and made one tackle.
HUNTER HOPKINS, SW Edgecombe — Senior was accurate on all seven extra-point attempts while averaging 34.9 yards on eight kickoffs with one touchback.
RAKUAN RODRIGUES, North Johnston — Received a bulk of the carries against Smithfield-Selma and ran hard for 91 yards on 14 carries against his former team. Although his teammates Camron Privette and Camden Aycock received all three of the offensive scores, Rodrigues’ shifty running primarily in the outside running game set up the team to score on every drive following a score by the Spartans.