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Bertie JV team wins league title

WINDSOR – The Bertie junior varsity football team won the 2010 Northeastern Coastal Conference title.

The team capped off a great year with a win over rival Hertford County. The Falcons game with Hertford County was a battle in the mud.

The Falcons took the kickoff and would pick up three first downs. On third and long, Raekwon Williams hit Jarell Sessoms for 30-yard strike to paydirt. Cameron Pritchard would run in the conversion.

With the score 8-0, the Bears would score six plays later and get the conversion.

With the score now tied (8-8), Bertie would be stopped on the drive on a fourth and one by the Bears.

The next play, Hertford County fumbled and Keydran Murry recovered the ball for the Falcons.

As the second quarter began, Pritchard ran the ball 37 yards to paydirt. The conversion would be denied, but the Falcons led 14-8.

Not to be out done, the Bears would return the kickoff for a touchdown. The conversion would fail, but the score was dead locked 14-14.

The last score of the evening would take place on the next possession as the Pritchard would run the ball after a great job by the Bertie offensive line. Pritchard would run in the conversion and Bertie led 22-14 at the half.

After the half, the rain began to pick up and field position was the name of the game.

The Falcon defense would step up and pitch a shutout in the second half. The Bears would not allow the Falcons to score again either and the game would end with a 22-14 victory for Bertie.

Bertie Head Coach Grantley Mizelle stated, “This was a great football game. This is what football and this rivalry is all about. Hertford County is a great ball team and they are going to continue to get better just as we will.

“This season was great for the program,” he added. “I am proud of our guys and I can’t wait until next year. Hopefully these young men we have will carry on the tradition for Bertie football.”

The Falcons finished the season with a flawless 6-0 record in the conference and a 6-3 record overall.