Bears in the hunt

Published 10:12 am Thursday, October 26, 2017

In Week-11 high school football action it will be Pasquotank County at Hertford County in Ahoskie, while Bertie is in Barco to face Currituck County – both in Northeastern Coastal Conference 2A action. Elsewhere, Northampton has an off-week – still sitting on a school-record nine straight wins – leading the 1A Tar-Roanoke Conference. Gates County will travel to meet Plymouth and Northeast-Hobgood will close out their 8-Man football regular season at Wayne Christian, a team the Eagles defeated 74-62 just seven days ago.



Last Friday night Hertford County beat Currituck on Homecoming at Bear Stadium to end a three-game losing streak and win their first conference game of the season.

“It was a good win to get back on track,” said Bears head coach Terrance Saxby. “We played well and executed our plays offensively.”

This Friday Pasquotank County (3-6, 0-3, NCC) will be at Hertford County (4-5, 1-2, NCC).

“Pasquotank is a heavy run team,” said Saxby. “They have an athletic quarterback and they lost their Homecoming game last Friday night to First Flight.”

Hertford County is led offensively by senior quarterback Lance Hunter who has passed for 1,638 yards and 17 touchdowns. Senior running back Kyeem Perry has rushed for 1,333 yards and 16 touchdowns, while senior receiver Zion Riddick has 61 receptions for 971 yards and 12 touchdowns.

“We just have to continue to work hard,” concluded Saxby. “Offensively we must execute and defensively we must tackle well.”



Last Friday in a showdown for first place in the NCC, Bertie lost to Northeastern; their first conference loss of the season.

“Northeastern is a really good team,” said Falcons head coach Grantley Mizelle. “They had some explosive plays on offense and we did not execute well.”

Quarterback Ryan Rowe barks out his snap count in a recent Colonial Conference 8-Man football game. Northeast-Hobgood (in red) plays their regular-season finale Friday night in Goldsboro at Wayne Christian. | Staff photo by Gene Motley

This Friday Bertie (4-5, 2-1, NCC) is back on the road, this time at Currituck County (3-6, 1-2, NCC).

“Currituck is well coached. They have a really good quarterback and they always play well at home,” continued Mizelle.

Falcons sophomore quarterback Isaiah Williams was dinged up in the loss to the Eagles. He currently has passed for 566 yards and four touchdowns, and he has also rushed for 367 total yards and five more Bertie scores. Senior running back LaCurtis Askew has been the workhorse for the Blue-and-White, amassing 1,028 yards and 12 touchdowns, including a 70-yarder against Northeastern last week. Jamari White is the Falcons’ leading receiver with 564 yards and a couple of catches for touchdowns.

“We need to take care of the football, something we didn’t do against Northeastern,” closed Mizelle. “We have to tackle better and not blow our assignments offensively and defensively.”



Last Friday, Gates County lost to fourth-ranked and Albemarle Athletic Conference leader Edenton Holmes in the Red Barons’ home regular-season finale, 49-6.

“Edenton played really good and took advantage of our mistakes,” said ‘Barons head coach Matt Biggy. “They made their plays both offensively and defensively.”

This Friday. Gates County (5-4, 1-2, AAC) is at Plymouth (4-5, 2-1, AAC).

“Plymouth is a good team despite their record. They have good running backs, a big offensive line, and this team is very athletic,” noted Biggy.

“We must play better than last Friday,” the coach concluded. “We have to be sound defensively and finish drives offensively.”



For the second time this season Northeast-Hobgood Academy is playing a team in back-to-back games (the other was Halifax Academy back in September).

Last Friday, the Eagles beat Wayne Christian in their lone game this season at Hobgood, 76-64, in another high scoring affair for Colonial Conference 8-Man football.

This Friday, Northeast-Hobgood (4-4, 3-1, CC8) will travel to Goldsboro for the rematch against the Wayne Christian Eagles (0-9, 0-4, CC8).

Northeast-Hobgood will be bringing along the leading rusher in the Colonial in senior Tay Mosley who has rushed for 2,126 yards and a whopping 32 touchdowns. He’s also passed for two more scores out of the option, and has averaged over 16 yards per catch as a receiver. Junior quarterback Ryan Rowe has passed for 495 yards and five touchdowns while running for two more. Receiver J.T. Simmons has been on the receiving end of three of Rowe’s touchdown tosses, and he has 84 total yards in receptions.

Currently, Northeast-Hobgood is in second place in the 1A standings behind Halifax Academy and are in the thick of the running for a state playoff berth. They will also be going for their fourth straight win.