Week 10 Prep Football Capsules

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Faith Christian’s Garrett Pannell, left, and Rocky Mount Academy’s Corbett Cobb jump up for the ball Friday at Faith Christian.


Sports staff

Friday, October 20, 2017

Kinston Arendell Parrott (7-0, 4-0) at Rocky Mount Academy (8-0, 4-0)

The matchup: As if a game between a pair of unbeatens atop the 2-A Colonial Carolina Conference isn’t enough, the game also features the top two eight-man teams in the state. Arendell Parrott and its high-scoring offense enters as the top-ranked NCISAA team, while RMA is No. 2.

The Eagles haven’t played since Sept. 29 after receiving a forfeit win last week.

Past 5 meetings: RMA leads, 3-2.

Sideline report: Parrott has scored at least 42 points in every game this season, though the Patriots have hung some impressive point totals on opponents this season. Parrott scored 88 points in a Week 2 win, and has also had three more games scoring at least 60 points. RMA has scored at least 43 points in every game, except when Faith Christian held the Eagles to 30 points.

RMA had more than 100 yards of penalties the last time it played, and cleaning up those mistakes will be crucial against a Patriots team that doesn’t leave much room for error.

Telegram prediction: Rocky Mount Academy 40, Arendell Parrott 32

Wilson Beddingfield (5-3, 2-0) at Nash Central (6-2, 1-1)

The matchup: Wilson Beddingfield finds itself in a first-place tie with SouthWest Edgecombe atop the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference, and is coming off a 55-19 win over North Pitt last week. Nash Central was dominated by SWE last week, and will look to get back on track.

Past 5 meetings: Beddingfield leads, 2-1

Sideline report: Nash Central was troubled by penalties, dropped passes and poor protection in the loss to SWE. The Bulldogs still have the most versatile offense with the top quarterback in the conference, as well as a group of talented runners and receivers. Look for the Bulldogs get back to their winning ways in this one, as they hope for a Cougars stumble down the road to get back into the conference race.

Telegram prediction: Nash Central 42, Beddingfield 15

Rocky Mount High (3-4, 2-0) at Wilson Fike (5-3, 1-1)

The matchup: The Gryphons are enjoying their first win streak this season, and it’s coming at a good time. After a tough nonconference schedule that included four losses, RMH has allowed just two touchdowns in both 3-A Big East Conference wins. Fike picked up four nonconference win, but ran into Southern Nash and took a loss to open conference play, before bouncing back with a victory last week.

Past 5 meetings: RMH leads, 3-2.

Sideline report: Each team has conference wins over Franklinton by similar margins. The Gryphons won, 48-14, while Fike won, 44-13. RMH needs to get out of its own way with unforced turnovers and penalties, and is doing a good job of doing limiting those mistakes in its most recent pair of games. The Gryphons used a late drive to earn a win over Wilson Hunt last week, and if they can build off recent wins and hang onto the football, they should be able to handle a tough Fike defense.

Telegram prediction: Rocky Mount High 31, Fike 28

Southern Nash (7-1, 2-0) at Wilson Hunt (2-6, 0-2)

The matchup: The Firebirds keep on rolling after a dominant 49-0 win over Northern Nash last week. Southern Nash’s lone loss came to 4-A power Wake Forest. Wilson Hunt is struggling, and its two wins are by a combined five points.

Past 5 meetings: Hunt leads, 3-2.

Sideline report: Southern Nash has six rushers with at least 100 yards, led by Zonovan Knight’s 970. Kendrick Bell is second with 840 rushing yards, and both Bell and Knight have scored 13 touchdowns. That duo out of the backfield has proven to be a tough task for any defense this season.

Telegram prediction: Southern Nash 49, Hunt 6

Northern Nash (1-7, 1-1) at Franklinton (3-5, 0-2)

The matchup: After beating Wilson Hunt to open conference play two weeks ago to earn its first victory of the season, Northern Nash was shut out against 3-A Big East Conference power Southern Nash. The Knights have struggled to score points this season with five games of seven points or fewer, including a pair of shutouts. Franklinton, meanwhile, hasn’t been close in either of its two conference games.

Past 5 meetings: N/A.

Sideline report: Northern Nash still hasn’t found consistency on either side of the ball, but has shown signs of improvement. The Knights have a good opportunity this week to find success as they play a Franklinton team that has allowed at least 38 points in each game of its five-game losing streak.

Telegram prediction: Northern Nash 28, Franklinton 26

Tarboro (9-0, 4-0) at Williamston Riverside (4-4, 2-2)

The matchup: If this space on the Vikings sounds redundant every week, it’s because coach Jeff Craddock’s team is that good. The top team in the N.C. AP Prep Football poll remains undefeated and has won its past three games by a combined 178 points. Tarboro’s defense posted its fifth shutout of the year lat week in a win against Northside-Pinetown. Williamston Riverside lost, 32-12, to to Chocowinity Southside.

Past 5 meetings: Tarboro  leads, 5-0.

Sideline report: There isn’t a matchup that the Vikings aren’t expected to dominate in this one. Tarboro is almost to one of its first finish lines with the end of the regular season, but until then, expect the blowouts to continue.

Telegram prediction: Tarboro 62, Williamston Riverside 0

Northwest Halifax (1-6, 0-3) at N. Edgecombe (2-6, 2-2)

The matchup: North Edgecombe is coming off a disappointing loss at Southeast Halifax, a defeat which likely will leave the Warriors with a chance to do no better than third place in the Tar Roanoke Conference. Northwest Halifax recently snapped a four-year plus losing streak but was beaten, 50-6, last week against conference leader Northampton County.

Past 5 meetings: North Edgecombe leads, 5-0

Sideline report: The Warriors now find themselves needing two victories during the final two weeks to ensure they’ll have a spot in the NCHSAA playoffs. Both teams are struggling, but the Warriors should find a way to earn a win.

Telegram prediction: North Edgecombe 32, Northwest Halifax 14

SW Edgecombe (7-1, 2-0) at Farmville Central (4-4, 1-1)

The matchup: SouthWest Edgecombe enters tonight’s game high on confidence after an all-important 24-14 win against Nash Central last week. The victory should go a long way toward the Cougars earning at least a share if not an outright Eastern Plains Conference title. SouthWest Edgecombe’s only loss this season came five weeks ago against Tarboro.

Past 5 meetings: SWE leads, 4-1

Sideline report: Expect the Cougars to dominate both the offensive and defensive lines like they did last week against the Bulldogs. Yes, Farmville Central is playing .500 ball, but only one of its victories have come against a team with a winning record.

Telegram prediction: SouthWest Edgecombe 49, Farmville Central 10

Faith Christian (5-2, 3-2) at Raleigh Grace Christian (3-4, 1-3)

The matchup: Faith Christian picked up a win last week after suffering its first two losses of the season in consecutive weeks. The Patriots looked sharp in the win, and tonight’s road game kicks off two on the road to end the season. Raleigh Grace Christian ended a four-game losing streak with last week’s 84-52 win over Wayne Christian.

Past 5 meetings: N/A.

Sideline report: FCS has a number of options to highlight on offense, but its strength lies in its defense. The Patriots have a stout defensive line that forces opponents into bad decisions, and has several talented players that can play in coverage. If the Patriots can move the ball, they should be looking at win No. 6.

Telegram prediction: FCS 32, Grace Christian 18