Top Three: Beltran shines in Panthers win

Published 8:56 pm Monday, September 20, 2021

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It was a soggy Friday night in Beaufort County, but the games went on as scheduled, with standout performances on both sides of the ball.


  1. Fortino Beltran-the senior all-purpose back had his best game in a Northside jersey Friday against Croatan. The Pungo Christian Academy transfer accounted for 191 total yards and a pair of touchdowns in the 34-14 victory. Beltran ran eight times for 94 yards, including a 78-yard dash, returned a punt 72 yards and had 97 total return yards


  1. Hayes Pippin-the Washington senior quarterback completed nine of his 14 passes for 145 yards with no interceptions and ran 11 times for 94 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Pam Pack’s 69-36 home loss to Northern Nash.


  1. Mitch Godley-the Northside senior did a little of everything in the Panthers victory over Croatan at Bing Mitchell Stadium. The fullback ran for 147 yards on 17 carries and scored a touchdown, caught a pass for 15 yards, made six tackles and recovered a fumble from his linebacker spot as the Panthers prevailed, 34-14.


Best of the Rest-Washington senior tailback Terry Moore totaled 114 yards rushing on 12 carries with two touchdowns in the loss to Northern Nash. Tight End Messiah Ebron caught three passes for 71 yards, including a 54-yarder and senior kicker Ridge Zerniak made all four of his extra point attempts. Sophomore Gary Payne intercepted a pass and scored from 30 yards out.

Northside: Marcus Clayton gained 61 yards on seven carries. Briley Cooper had a team-leading nine tackles and Noah Manning intercepted a Croatan pass.

Pungo Christian: Connor Sweet ran for 120 yards on 12 carries and scored both touchdowns in a 32-12 home loss to Bethel Christian. Quarterback Tristan Mann had 74 yards rushing on 11 carries. Ethan Mann led the defense with 11 tackles and recovered a fumble. Dillon Smith recorded eight tackles and a sack, while Stephen Pugh had six tackles and a pair of sacks.

Southside (3-0) had the night off, but is back in action against Swansboro Friday at home. Washington (2-1) opens conference play at home against West Craven, while Northside (4-1) has a bye week.

Pungo Christian hosts Wayne Christian in 8-man action.