Red-hot Vikes take on PamlicoPublished 2:33pm Thursday, November 28, 2013
The Vikings dominance continued last Friday as Plymouth rolled past archrival Manteo 30-0 for the second time this season in the second round of the NCHSAA 1-A playoffs.
With the win, the defending state champions and No. 1 seed Plymouth (12-0) will host No. 2 Pamlico (9-4) at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Foster Field.
Once again, Plymouth’s first-year starting quarterback Malik Webb was a factor as he connected on three of his four pass attempts, with two resulting in touchdowns.
Running back Chad Dance rushed for 74 yards and two scores, and fullback Demetrius Davis gained a team-high 90 yards in the route.
Defense continues to be the staple of this year’s team as Plymouth has not allowed a single point in the postseason so far, outscoring teams 74-0 in the first two rounds.
The Vikings, led by middle linebacker Devonte Spruill, safety Adrian Moore and nose tackle Terry Hollingsworth, have now pitched a shutout in three of its last four games.
On the year, Plymouth, the No. 2 ranked team in the final 1-A AP Poll, has allowed over 15 points only once.
The Vikings defense has enhanced their already potent wing-T attack. Despite losing its entire starting backfield from last year’s state championship squad, the Atlantic Conference champion Vikings have averaged a whopping 42 points per game and have outscored teams 509-82.
Though Pamlico lost starting quarterback Naquan Gibbs to an injury late in the regular season, Pamlico has managed to advance thanks to the play of signal-caller Josiah Simmons.
The sophomore QB has completed 27 of his 46 attempts this season for 500 yards and eight touchdowns, while being intercepted five times.
The Pamlico ground game is anchored by senior running back Tariq Davis, who as rushed for 700 yards and four TDs, while junior Tony Credle has galloped for 666 yards and three touchdowns.
The Hurricanes blew by No. 7 Southside 44-6 in the first round of the playoffs before edging past No. 3 Northampton 28-21 last week.
The winner of tonight’s game will advance to the semifinal round of the playoffs where the winner of the No. 1 Lejeune-No. 2 Southeast Halifax game awaits.