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Firebirds look for perfect regular season

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Southern Nash's Daniel Batchelor, right, hauls in a pass during a game in October against Rocky Mount High.

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By SAMUEL EVERS
Sports Writer

Thursday, November 8, 2018

While the much-anticipated rivalry game between Tarboro and SouthWest Edgecombe gets top billing for prep football’s last week of the regular season, a handful of other teams in the Twin Counties will look to wrap up their seasons on a high note as well. Here is a closer look at the two other contests of local interest.

Southern Nash (8-0, 4-0) at Northern Nash (3-6, 0-4)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: Southern Nash beat Franklinton, 61-26, while Northern Nash fell to Rocky Mount High, 53-21.

Numbers game

Southern Nash: According to the latest playoff projections, Southern Nash is in line to be a one-seed in its side of the bracket, which would mean the Firebirds would avoid playing a true road game throughout the postseason.

Northern Nash: According to those same projections, the Knights would be one of the last four teams in the 3-A postseason.

Outlook: The Knights, who started the season 3-1, have dropped five straight and will face an uphill battle on Friday night while trying to stop running backs Zonovan Knight and Quinton Cooley. For the Firebirds, who only have nine games on the schedule because of the many weather-induced schedule changes this fall, the game in Death Valley is a chance to finish the year undefeated on their way to a state title quest.

South Creek (6-4, 3-3) at North Edgecombe (5-4, 5-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Last week: North Edgecombe had the week off, while South Creek beat Jones Senior, 53-8, on Nov. 6.

Numbers game

North Edgecombe: Since scoring just six points in the first three games of the season, the Warriors have scored 192 over their last six. They’ve won all but one of those games. 

South Creek: Due to a backlog from weather-related delays, this will be South Creek’s third game in a seven-day span. The Cougars beat Southside, 7-0, last Friday and took care of Jones Senior on Tuesday.

Outlook: With second place in the Tar-Roanoke conference locked up, North Edgecombe and coach Jason Miller are a guarantee for the 1-A playoffs. This non-conference contest will be a tuneup for what the Warriors hope will be a successful playoff run.

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