HS Preview: Bears host Wilson Hunt

Published 8:33 am Thursday, August 28, 2014

Week number two of the high school football season is Friday, Aug. 29 with the following games set for 7:30 p.m. starts:


Last Friday night Hertford County dropped its season opener at home to SE Halifax 32-14.

“We played hard,” said first-year Bears coach Terrance Saxby, still seeking his first win as a head coach. “We’ve got to do a better job of being prepared from week-to-week.”

This Friday, Hertford County (0-1) will host Wilson Hunt (0-1).  The Warriors dropped their season opener to Winterville South Central.

“Hunt is a big team and very athletic,” said Saxby. “They have good running backs and are aggressive on defense. We have a tough challenge ahead for us.”

Both teams will be in search of their first win Friday night.

“For us to be successful Friday night we just have to be sound both offensively and defensively. Good preparation will be key for us. We just want to get better every week,” Saxby concluded.


The Red Barons lost their opener last Friday in Windsor against Bertie 28-14.

“We kept it close,” said head coach Matt Biggy. “We made some mistakes; Bertie made the big plays and we didn’t.”

Friday night Gates County (0-1) plays its home opening game against Pasquotank (0-1).  The Panthers lost their season opener last Friday to Camden County.

“Pasquotank will spread it out and throw the ball,” said Biggy. “Their defense is also very good.  For us to be successful Friday we’ve got to improve from our mistakes.  We just have to get better at what we do.”


Northampton County failed to get into the win column in their season opener on the road; falling at Roanoke Rapids 53-6.  It was the worst Northampton defeat since consolidation and a 52-6 Northampton-East shellacking at the hands of North Edgecombe in 2011.

“We made a lot of mistakes and had a lot of turnovers,” said Jaguars coach George Privott. “Roanoke Rapids just took advantage.”

This Friday Northampton (0-1) remains on the road, this time at NW Halifax (0-1).

“The Vikings have a small team with 15 or 16 players,” said Privott. “They struggled in their opener.”

NW Halifax lost to North Edgecombe.

“For us to be successful Friday night we cannot turn the ball over like in our first game,” the coach concluded. “We just have to play better as a team.”


Bertie (1-0) was the region’s only winner last week, making it a successful debut for new coach Tyris Hill as they beat Gates County at their home field, Roy Bond, Jr. Stadium, 28-14.

“We played well,” said Hill. “It wasn’t our best performance, but we can build off of it.”

Friday night the Falcons take flight to Dare County to meet a Manteo (0-1) team that lost to Currituck 27-6 in a game played on Monday night. “Manteo is a good team, they beat us last year just like Gates County did,” said Hill. “They have good athletes, plus they are at home.”

If the Falcons pull off a win it would be the first time Bertie started the season 2-0 since 1998.

“It will be a good game and another good test for us,” Hill concluded. “To be successful we have to tackle well, block well, and limit our turnovers.”


Northeast Academy will open the 2014 8-Man football season at home in Lasker Friday night against non-conference member Community Christian School of Wilson.

Community Christian replaces Word of God Christian on the schedule after the Holy Rams moved up in classification to 11-man football.

Head coach Stevie Flythe’s Eagles feature senior Trey Futrell at running back and cornerback.


The Warriors travel to Courtland, VA to meet 2013 independent schools championship finalist Southampton Academy in the Colonial Carolina Conference season opener for both teams.

Southampton won at Merry Hill last year and fell to Rocky Mount Academy in the state championship.

Lawrence will be led by sophomore quarterback Jarrett Harrell.