Area teams streak into Week 5Published 5:57pm Thursday, September 19, 2013
Week 5 of the prep football season kicks into action tonight as Northside looks to expand its two-game winning streak at home against a tough Edenton team, while Southside seeks to put an and to its four-game slide on the road against Spring Creek.
Plymouth put its undefeated record on the line when it travels to Camden, while Riverside, the winners of two straight, will go for the hat trick at home against East Carteret. South Creek, which has dropped three straight, has a bye week.
Here’s a look at the matchups.
Edenton (2-2) at Northside (2-2) at 7 p.m.
The Panthers responded from a Week 2 28-0 loss to North Duplin with two solid back-to-back victories as they topped Southside 14-13 and rolled past South Creek 55-6.
Northside’s rushing attack was in full force last Friday as Patrick Moore ran for three touchdowns and caught another, while QB Malik Slade and backs Rockne Butler and Antonio Woods were extremely effective.
Helping pave the way for those runners was strong effort by the offensive line.
“For the offensive line, that was their best performance of the year,” Northside coach Keith Boyd said. “We executed well. There was some mistakes but for the most part they went where they were supposed to go. We just have to get a little bit more physical.”
Boyd. who felt like last Friday’s game was the best of the season so far, will look to keep it going against Edenton.
The Aces are 2-2 on the season with their two losses coming at the hands of 3-A West Craven and 1-A state champs Plymouth.
Edenton drew high praise from Plymouth coach Robert Cody and Boyd knows his team will be in for a fight tonight.
“They’re a very good football team. We’re just going to line up and play four quarters and see what happens,” Boyd said. “They’re a lot like us in that they run read-option. They have good size up front on both sides of the football and they have speed. They’re a good football team.”
Southside (0-4) at Spring Creek at 7:30 p.m.
The Seahawks early season struggles continued last Friday as they fell 33-0 to Riverside.
Southside was able to piece together some drives, but could not punch it in the end zone.
“We did march the ball in between the 20s but we couldn’t capitalize on offense,” Southside coach Jeff Carrow said.
Tonight, the Seahawks will look to rebound against Spring Creek (1-3) that lost its first three games of the year before topping Wake Christian Academy 24-20 last week.
“This will be the first year we’ve ever played them,” Carrow said. “We have no film on them and there’s been no film exchange between coaches. We’re going into this kind of blind.
“The only thing that I’ve heard is that they are going to run a flex-bone offense with an option and that they’ll be a 4-4 defense.”
The Seahawks faced a flex-bone attack in Week 1 when they played North Duplin, which should help prepare them for tonight’s game.
“It’s a tremendous help,” Carrow said. “We were able to make some adjustments during the North Duplin game. We didn’t come out on the right end of the stick but we were able to make some in-game adjustments during the game. So we will be more prepared defensively for that.”
Plymouth (3-0) at Camden (1-3) at 7:30 p.m.
The Vikings seem to grow stronger each week as they followed up their 20-15 victory over Edenton with a 42-0 throttling of Gates County in Week 4.
Chad Dance accounted for two touchdowns and ran for 86 yards, while Rafael Liriano rushed for a team-high 93 and a touchdown. Plymouth also got TDs from Demarkius Price and quarterback Malik Webb in the romp.
The Plymouth defense threw its first shutout of the season and even scored some points as middle linebacker Devonte Spruill recovered a fumble and ran 25-yards for a touchdown.
“It was a really good game,” Plymouth coach Robert Cody said. “We made some mistakes on offense but in the second half we were much better and the defense played well.”
The Vikings graduated all their running backs from last year’s state title winning team, but so far the new guys have impressed.
“They are all really short, but they are quick,” Cody said. “We’re just working on trying to make sure we get our blocks down and hang on to the football, and we’ve been doing that really good.”
Tonight, Plymouth will face off against fellow Atlantic Conference mate Camden in a game that will not be counted against their conference records. The Bruins struggled in their first three games of the season, but recorded their first win last Friday when they topped Columbia 46-8.
“They’re pretty good with the option so we have to be prepared for that. We have to be able to tackle real well,” Cody said. “Defensively, they will be running a four-man front so we have to be able to block those three techniques down and kick out and maybe we can get a few yards here and there.”
East Carteret at Riverside at 7:30 p.m.
Riverside is coming off its most complete outing of the year so far as the Knights downed former Four Rivers Conference rival Southside 33-0.
“The kids executed the game plan and did a good job,” Riverside coach Asim McGill said. “Southside is a good team and had a good game plan. They got in the T formation with double tights and tried to control the clock so we didn’t have many possessions.”
Despite that, sophomore running backs Jeremiah Wilson and Malik Smith provided a jolt for the offense as they combined for three touchdowns.
Wilson racked up 133 yards and two scores, while Smith rushed for 52 yards and a touchdown to lead the way.
“J.J. Wilson had a good game. He had five carries for 133 yards. That’s pretty good,” McGill said. “Malik Smith is continuing to get better. They’re both two sophomores and they’re doing a good job for us.”
The defense, which was led by I’Ran James and Daniel Everett, was equally strong, which proved costly to McGill.
“We have a tradition here that if the defense gets a shut out I buy them Zero Bars,” McGill said. “So they look forward to those shutouts, man.”
The defense will look to duplicate that effort against East Carteret (Coastal Plains) tonight.
“They’re going to come out and run the wing-T and defensively they’re going to run a 4-3,” McGill said.
The Knights have faced an abundance of wing-T offenses so for this season, which will help them prepare for their first ever meeting with the Mariners.
“We’ve seen the wing-T every game this year with the exception of South Creek,” McGill said. “So we should be familiar with that.”