Full slate: 10 games dot Week 10's prep football schedule

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Rocky Mount High’s Shyheim Battle makes a move during last Saturday's win over Wilson Hunt. The Gryphons, who will play Wilson Fike Friday, are part of a full slate of prep football in Week 10.


Sports Writer

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Big East Conference

Wilson Fike (2-5, 0-2) at Rocky Mount High (6-0, 2-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: Rocky Mount High defeated Wilson Hunt, 49-0. Wilson Fike lost to Franklinton, 37-36.

Numbers game

Rocky Mount High: All signs point to the offense figuring things out as the Gryphons have scored at least 41 points in each of their past three games. Quarterback Jaquan Lynch is closing in on 1,000 yards with 821, and the running game has found its groove, making this balanced offense tough to slow down. Over the first two conference games — both wins — RMH has rushed for 696 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Wilson Fike: Much of the Demons’ offense moves through Cody Cooper-Speight. The senior has rushed for more than half of Fike’s 1,262 total rushing yards with 657, and his 17 touchdowns is most on the team by a wide margin.

Outlook: RMH is distancing itself from the rest of the Big East teams not named Southern Nash, which hosts the Gryphons next week in a showdown that grows in importance with each passing Friday. The Gryphons have feasted in league play through two games and don’t expect that trend to stop on Friday. Meanwhile, the Demons need a win to put a stop to a three-game losing streak.

Wilson Hunt (4-3, 1-1) at Southern Nash (5-0, 1-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: Southern Nash’s game against Northern Nash was postponed to Nov. 9. Wilson Hunt lost to Rocky Mount High, 49-0.

Numbers game

Southern Nash: This will be the Firebirds’ second game in 42 days. The long layoff stems from a number of games being either postponed or cancelled due to weather, which has made for a wonky schedule. Southern Nash’s most recent full game was played on Oct. 5. Before that, you have to go all the way back to Sept. 7 for the last full game.

Wilson Hunt: Despite their winning record, the Demons have allowed more points than they have scored — 125 for and 180 against. Tiquez Taylor leads Hunt in rushing with 762 yards and has half of the team’s 14 rushing touchdowns.

Outlook: When Southern Nash does play it has overwhelmed teams. With a prolific rushing attack led by N.C. State commit Zonovan Knight and Quinton Cooley, the Firebirds have kept opponents at arms length by winning each game by at least 21 points. Hunt has never been out of any game this season expect its most recent blowout loss to Rocky Mount High.

Franklinton (6-2, 1-1) at Northern Nash (3-3, 0-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: Northern Nash’s game against Southern Nash was postponed to Nov. 9. Franklinton defeated Wilson Fike, 37-36.

Numbers game

Northern Nash: Just five players have recorded rushing attempts for the Knights this season, and all five have at least one touchdown, and four have more than 100 yards. The group is led by sophomore Donavan Simpson’s 261 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Davontae Wiggins is still what makes this offense go, and he has thrown for 853 yards through six games.

Franklinton: The Rams have scored at least 41 points in four different wins. That’s a point total Northern Nash hasn’t put up this season.

Outlook: After starting the season 3-1, the Knights have lost their past two games. Northern Nash, which is fifth out of six Big East teams in points scored, will have to find a way to score consistently to keep up with Franklinton.

Eastern Plains Conference

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

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: Nash Central lost to SouthWest Edgecombe, 27-6. Wilson Beddingfield defeated North Pitt, 41-13.

Numbers game

Nash Central: The Bulldogs have three runners with more than 300 yards, led by Byron Hawkins’ 450 yards and team-high eight touchdowns. Kendall Winston and Vinsa Phillips are the other rushers with more than 300 yards.

Wilson Beddingfield: The Bruins are the highest scoring team in the conference, and it isn’t close. They scored 106 points across three conference games while allowing 33, which is good for second fewest in the league.

Outlook: Nash Central has lost its past four games, and have allowed at least 39 points in three of those losses. The Bulldogs are one of two winless teams in the conference, while the Bruins are locked in a tight race with SouthWest Edgecombe for the league lead.

Farmville Central (2-6, 1-1) at SouthWest Edgecombe (6-1, 2-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: SouthWest Edgecombe defeated Nash Central, 27-6. Farmville Central lost to North Johnston, 32-29.

Numbers game

SouthWest Edgecombe: The Cougars are proving to be a juggernaut with a crisp offense and tough defense. Just twice has SWE allowed more than seven points, and the offense has scored at least four touchdowns in every win.

Farmville Central: The Jaguars have found it tough going through the air, throwing seven interceptions with just three touchdowns in 60 attempts.

Outlook: Farmville Central’s savior of the offense is its run game, averaging 204 yards per game on the ground. But the Cougars are stout up front and will be tough to run on. The SWE defense has been strong throughout the season and has eight sacks and eight interceptions.

Coastal Plains Conference

Northside-Pinetown (3-5, 0-3) at Tarboro (7-0, 3-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: Tarboro defeated Pamlico County, 61-0. Northside-Pinetown lost to South Creek, 54-8.

Numbers game

Tarboro: The Vikings’ stats are bloated with a high-powered offense that averages 55 points per game. The differential of points scored (385) and points against (12) is massive and highlights just how dominant Tarboro has been this season.

Northside-Pinetown: The Panthers are in the midst of a five-game losing streak, which came after the team began the season with three consecutive wins.

Outlook: The top-ranked team in 1-A, Tarboro looked as dominant as ever in defeating No. 5 Pamlico County on the road last week. The win should send a message to the rest of 1-A that the Vikings are for real again, if that hadn’t already been clear.

Tar-Roanoke Conference

North Edgecombe (3-4, 3-1) at Northwest Halifax (3-4, 1-2)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: North Edgecombe defeated Southeast Halifax, 44-18. Northwest Halifax lost to Northampton County, 66-12.

Numbers game

North Edgecombe: The Warriors are one of two teams that own a winning record in conference play.

Northwest Halifax: Unlike typical 1-A teams, the Vikings rely on their passing game more than the rushing attack. Northwest Halifax averages 119 yards per game through the air, and 43 yards per game on the ground.

Outlook: North Edgecombe has got its season back on track with back-to-back wins after starting the season 1-4. The Warriors have looked impressive in the past two games, scoring 42 and 44 points, respectively. Northwest Halifax had its two-game win streak snapped with a loss last week, and is looking to return to .500.

Rocky Mount Prep (2-6, 0-4) at Roanoke Rapids (4-4, 2-3)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: Rocky Mount Prep lost to Weldon, 26-22, on Monday. Roanoke Rapids lost to South Granville, 21-7.

Numbers game

Rocky Mount Prep: The Jaguars have lost six consecutive games after opening the season 2-0.

Roanoke Rapids: The Yellow Jackets have outscored opponents 207-158, but haven’t been able to take advantage of that differential as Roanoke Rapids has a losing conference record despite scoring more points than it has allowed.

Outlook: This is the second game of the week for Rocky Mount Prep, which lost a tight game on Monday. This will be the Jaguars sixth game in five weeks, including twice playing two games in one week.

NCISAA Big 8 Conference

Cary Christian (0-6, 0-5) at Rocky Mount Academy (3-3, 2-3)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: Rocky Mount Academy defeated Southampton Academy, 29-18. Cary Christian lost to Faith Christian, 58-0, on Oct. 10.

Numbers game

Rocky Mount Academy: With a win, the Eagles will avoid their first losing season since 2012.

Cary Christian: The Knights have scored 60 points all season, and no more than 20 in any game.

Outlook: Rocky Mount Academy controls its own destiny. A win over Cary Christian will ensure a playoff spot and a No. 4 seed in the upcoming playoffs.