Raiders win on Homecoming; Pack falls on Senior Night

Published 10:38 pm Friday, October 20, 2023

Senior Josh Gordon sets up Washington’s only touchdown with a long run in the second quarter against Southwest Edgecombe. (Steve Barnes/Washington Daily News)

Two of the four county football teams were in action on the next to last Friday night of the regular season and the results were mixed. Northside picked up a 55-0 victory over Lejeune Thursday, while Southside hosts East Carteret Monday.

Pungo Christian Academy: The Raiders finished the regular season 5-3 after a 53-6 rout of Bethel Academy of Kinston on Homecoming in Belhaven.

Senior Quay Artis scored five touchdowns, four rushing and one receiving, and gained well over 200 yards on the afternoon as the Raiders went out with a bang.

Artis scoring runs covered 65, 50, 15 & 65 yards and he hauled in a 62-yard scoring pass from Austin Gibbs to give PCA a 37-0 halftime lead. Wells Eagles had a 20-yard touchdown run and senior Braeden Armstrong capped the scoring with a 55-yard run.

“We have made great improvement since the beginning of last season and I’m very proud of our guys,” second year coach Alex Sefton said. “We took full advantage of our new weight room in the off-season and our conditioning helped us win some games in the fourth quarter. With a small roster (13) everybody needs to be ready to play a full game and we did much better with that this year. We lose two seniors, but return three juniors and eight sophomores, so our future is bright.”

Alden Taylor was crowned Homecoming Queen, while Grant Gibbs was chosen to be King.

Washington: The Pam Pack had chances to lead Southwest Edgecombe early in the second half, but couldn’t convert on the way to a 47-10 loss on Senior Night. The Cougars (5-0, 7-2) entered the night tied with West Craven for the Eastern Plains Conference lead and scored on their first two possessions for a 14-0 lead into the second quarter.

Washington got on the board on Sam Kines’ 27-yard field goal, but Southwest Edgecombe answered with a long scoring drive for a 20-6 lead midway through the second quarter.

Washington (2-7, 0-5) bounced back with Keondrick Melton’s five-yard scoring run set up by a 53-yard completion to Gary Payne on third down and 14.

The Pack trailed 20-10 at halftime, but took the second half kickoff and marched to the Cougar 21 yard line where they faced fourth down and five. An offside penalty cost them five years and the fourth down pass was short, so SW Edgecombe took over and went on a scoring drive of their own to make it 27-10.

“That sequence was the key to the game for us,” WHS coach Matt Taylor said. “We had some momentum and moved the ball well on our first possession, but couldn’t convert. They scored, we threw an interception and they scored again to basically put the game out of reach.”