Top Three: Joyner leads the list; Seahawks stay unbeaten

Published 7:51 am Wednesday, September 7, 2022

After Northside dropped a back and forth affair at Riverside Thursday, Southside, Washington and Pungo Christian posted home victories Friday. The Seahawks used an effective ground game against the overmatched Cougars, the Pam Pack defense made the difference against South Central and the Raiders posted big numbers in their 8-man win over Mattamuskeet.

  1. Darren Joyner-Southside: The senior ran for 166 yards on 12 carries and scored two touchdowns on runs of 50 and three yards in the 33-8 decision over South Creek. He was part of the defense that held the Cougars to 175 total yards.

  1. Tequon (Tater) Moore-Southside: Moore and Joyner formed a potent tandem as they combined for 281 yards rushing and all five Seahawks touchdowns in the victory over South Creek. Moore had 115 yards on 11 carries and scored on three short touchdown runs.

  1. Conner Sweet-Pungo Christian: It’s not surprising to see big numbers come from the 8-man game, but the Raiders had to wait until this week to get the offense clicking. Sweet did a little of everything in the 38-18 win over Mattamuskeet. The senior ran seven times for 119 yards and scored a touchdown, caught three passes for 117 yards and a touchdown and threw a 15-yard scoring pass. He also had 53 return yards for 286 all-purpose yards and made six tackles on defense.

Best of the Rest: Washington’s late defensive stops in the 12-7 win over South Central gave the offense the chances they needed to go 2-1. Gabe Davis led the way with 16 tackles, K.J. Moore had eight with a pair of sacks, Gary Payne had two sacks and Koby Munday had an interception.

Jonathan Carter led the offense with 74 yards rushing and a touchdown.

Northside: Tailback Marcus Clayton gained 66 yards on eight carries and had 130 return yards, including an 80-yard touchdown.

Fullback Jamie Corprew had 93 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown.

Freshman Chase Hewitt came off the bench when starting quarterback Hunter Chrismon left the game and threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Carson Clinkscales.

Elijah Holloway led the defense with a pair of sacks and an interception, while Landon Buck recovered a fumble and Griffin Johnson blocked an extra point. Jayvian O’Neal added 6.5 tackles.

Southside: Xavier Ham led the defense with eight tackles, including five solo while Jacob Taylor had three tackles for loss.

Pungo Christian: freshman Austin Gibbs completed 10 of 15 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 48 yards on 14 carries in Alex Sefton’s first win as the Raiders head coach.

Southside hosts Riverside in a battle of unbeaten teams Friday. Northside is at South Creek, while Pungo hosts Community Christian of Wilson. Washington has the week off.