Home, sweet home

Published 8:39 am Thursday, October 16, 2014

Four of the Roanoke-Chowan area’s high school football teams will play a home game this weekend.  The lone team on the road is Lawrence Academy with an away game in Raleigh against St. David’s.


Last Friday night Northampton lost its conference opener to Riverside in Williamston.

“We came out and played well in the first half and only trailed 14-0 at halftime,” said Jaguars coach George Privott. “We fought hard but the game then got away from us in the second half.”

This Friday night NorthamptonCounty (2-5, 0-1, 2Rvrs) will find themselves in “unfamiliar territory” – their own Roy F. Lowry Stadium home field – when they host South Creek (3-4, 0-1, 2Rvrs) in the Jaguars’ Homecoming game.

“South Creek has a new coach in Grantley Mizelle,” said Privott. “They are pretty athletic and they run a lot of different formations so we have to be really well prepared on defense.”

Privott said even though both teams have losing records, the Jags still have to play well.

“For us to be successful Friday we will have to not turn the ball over on offense and defensively we have to control their running game,” closed Privott.

The Jags hope to even their record in the Two Rivers Conference with a win in the first of three straight conference home games.


Gates County lost to Camden County last Friday night in the first of two meetings between the two this season – this one a non-conference game.  The Red Barons and Bruins will meet again on Halloween night in Gatesville. The loss broke a GCHS five game winning streak.

“We led 25-20 at halftime,” said ‘Barons coach Matt Biggy. “We made mistakes and turnovers in the second half.  Camden scored a touchdown late and held on for the win.”

This Friday Gates Co. (5-2, 3-0, C10) is back in Coastal-10 conference action when they host Manteo (2-5, 2-2, C10).  It’s also Homecoming for the Red Barons.

“Manteo runs the wishbone and a spread offense,” said Biggy.  “They are big and physical team on the offensive line and their defense is also tough.

“On Friday night we have to get better execution on offense and run the ball,” concluded Biggy. “Defensively we have to stop the big play and make tackles.”


Bertie finally ended their four-game losing streak and in the process beat First Flight 32-30 for their first Northeastern Coastal Conference win.

“On offense, everybody stepped up to replace injured (running back) Alameen Sharif,” said Falcons head coach Tyris Hill.  “Our defense played well and it was a good conference win for us.”

This Friday Bertie (3-4, 1-1, NCC) will host Currituck (3-4, 0-2, NCC) in another conference battle.

“Currituck is a physical team,” said Hill. “They run the spread offense and have a good running back.”

Hill adds that it’s a big game for his kids and that they need to try to win their second conference game of the year.

“For us to be successful Friday we have to limit turnovers like we did at First Flight,” closed Hill.  “If we do that we will be hard to beat.  Also, our defense has to continue to play well.”


Last Friday night Northeast Academy lost to Southampton Academy, 64-0, for their third shutout of the season.  Cary Christian, meanwhile, broke open a close game late and downed Lawrence, 31-6.

This Friday night in Lasker for their first home game since Hobgood back in September, the Eagles (1-6) will host Cary Christian (2-5) in a Colonial Carolinas 8-Man football conference game.

Coach Stevie Flythe and his team will be out to end a six-game losing streak.  They are currently 1-1 at home this year.


Lawrence Academy lost to Cary Christian last week on the road in Wake County.  This week they’re back in that same area code against St. David’s School of Raleigh.

This Friday Lawrence (1-6) seeks its second conference win of the season when they travel to St. David’s (4-3) for a Colonial Carolinas 8-Man battle.