Grading Out: Seahawks lone county team to advance

Published 7:38 pm Sunday, November 12, 2017

It was nice for Beaufort County football fans to have Washington, Northside and Southside all make the playoffs. After the first round, though, the Seahawks are the lone squad to advance.

They shutout the Panthers, 20-0, in an opening-round Beaufort County showdown. The Pan Pack had to hit the road. While it was competitive for much of the game, South Granville preserved its undefeated campaign with a 41-21 win.

Here are the standouts with one week of the state playoffs in the rear-view mirror:



No Beaufort County football player made more of an impact in the first round of the playoffs than Demetrius Ebron. The Southside athlete had been making plays as a receiver all year long. However, with the Seahawks running a largely ground-based offense, coach Jeff Carrow knew he needed to get Ebron involved more.

Ebron spent much of the game as wildcat quarterback in a new formation laid out by Southside. He rushed 15 times for a game-high 114 yards. While the senior didn’t score, he set up both of the Seahawks’ first-quarter touchdowns.



As good as Southside’s offense was with what Ebron was able to accomplish, the Seahawk defense still managed to steal the show. It made a red-zone stand at a crucial point in the third point en route to the shutout win that punched Southside’s ticket for the second round.

Lineman Teddy Minor led a stingy defensive front. He was one of three Seahawks to notch six tackles. Minor made five of those takedowns on his own and had four for a loss.



Washington’s Ka’ci Foreman showed up ready to roll Friday at South Granville. The junior running back seemed unfazed by the Vikings’ stout defense that has done well to bottle up rushing attacks all year long.

Foreman picked up chunks of yardage on the Pam Pack’s first drive. Although it stalled out at the South Granville 24-yard line, Foreman was the one to punch in the 5-yard touchdown that tied the game at 7-7 in the early going. Blank said he will be relied upon next season with Hykeem Ruffin set to graduate.



Northside’s offensive line was beaten, bruised and injured heading into its first-round game at Southside. The loss of Matthew Adams up front made it even tougher to move the ball.

Most of the success the Panthers had came from pitching the ball out to Johnathan Clark. The senior had eight touches and rushed for 69 yards. He had a run down to the goal line in the third quarter that would have set up a touchdown to make it a one-possession game, but it was brought back due to a holding penalty.



Washington quarterback Frederick Holscher took a beating in what proved to be his last game in a Pam Pack uniform. South Granville’s physical defense swarmed him, knocking him down every chance it got.

Regardless, Holscher managed to run the Pam Pack’s triple option well. It sputtered out in the red zone a few too many times in the loss. Holscher scored the last touchdown of Washington’s season when he shed a would-be tackle and scrambled 35 yards right up the middle.