Grading Out: Washington, Southside stand out late in season
Published 6:04 pm Monday, October 31, 2016
Southside lambasted Lejeune on the road to even its 1-A Coastal Plains Conference record. At the same time, Washington was able to stave off a second-half rally by North Pitt to maintain its perfect leger in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference.
Beaufort County’s lone shortcoming of last week’s high school football slate was Northside’s loss at top-ranked East Carteret. The Mariners cruised past the Panthers, 59-0, to stay perfect in the league. Meanwhile, Northside fell to an even 2-2 record in the CPC.
The Seahawks and Pam Pack had some standout performances to earn their late-season wins. Another strong defensive outing keeps Washington’s conference-title aspirations very much alive, and the lopsided win keeps the Seahawks in competition for a top spot in their league.
Here are this week’s standouts.
Washington’s Nazzir Hardy has excellent hands, as he showed on both sides of the ball in Friday’s 21-19 win over North Pitt. He came out with another impact performance at the cornerback position. His defense stymied the arm of Panthers quarterback Nytrell Chapman. Hardy picked off Chapman in the second quarter to negate his offense’s fumble two plays prior.
It wasn’t long before Hardy came up with another big catch — this time on offense. With just 1.5 seconds left before halftime, Hardy hauled in a 47-yard touchdown from Frederick Holscher. It stood up as the game-winning score.
Southside had no problems disposing of the dismal Devil Pups. The Seahawks were without Zikijah Crawford at Lejeune on Friday, but had seen explosive performances from other running backs throughout the season.
This time it was Kyle Hill having another strong showing. On an evening where seven different players scored touchdowns, Hill was the only Seahawk to score multiple times. His 116 rushing yards were second best on the team, too.
Matt Black has evolved into a sort of do-it-all athlete for Washington’s offense. He has the speed and vision to run the ball, as he showed with his four carries for 26 yards on Friday.
Black’s natural position is down the field catching the ball. The Pam Pack receiver caught Holscher’s other touchdown pass of the game — a 35-yard snare in the end zone on a second-and-19 play. It gave the Pam Pack a 14-7 edge late in the first half, just before the defense made a quick stop and Hardy made his long touchdown catch.
As has been the theme for most of its campaign, Southside had another running back burst onto the scene Friday at Lejeune. Jonquil Haywood gashed the abysmal Devil Pups defense time and again.
Haywood racked up an astounding 139 rushing yards and a touchdown on only five carries (27.8 yards per carry). He drew first blood on a 28-yard dash less than a minute into the game.