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With three weeks left in the high school football regular season, thanks to an extra weekend of games granted by the state due to Hurricane Florence, a lot of conference races are tightening up. The challenge is not so much at the top, where teams like Northeastern, Edenton, and Northampton are comfortably in front, but for other schools vying for play-off positions. Four regional games are set for this week, three on Thursday night: Washington County at Gates County, Hertford County at Pasquotank, and Currituck at Bertie have all moved up to Thursday at 7 p.m. to avoid predicted rains for Friday. As of press-time Northeast-Hobgood will play their first-round NCISAA playoff game as scheduled on Friday.

HERTFORD COUNTY at PASQUOTANK

This game has been moved up to Thursday (10/25) at 7 p.m. The junior varsity game will be played in Ahoskie tonight (Wed.) at 6:30.

Last Friday Hertford County surprised some folks with a 21-14 Northeastern Coastal Conference win over Currituck County.

Bertie High’s Chris Cooper (#2) stiff-arms Northeastern defender Tyquan Mercer in last Friday’s NCC conference game at Roy Bond Stadium. The Falcons’ Senior Night game with Currituck, along with Hertford County at Pasquotank, and Washington County at Gates County have all been moved up to Thursday to avoid the expected Friday rains. | Photomedoc.com / Steven Ferguson

“We had a very good game,” said Bears head coach Terrance Saxby. “The kids played hard, and we had enough at the end to win. I’m proud of all of them.”

This week, Hertford County (3-4, 2-1, NCC) stays on the road at Pasquotank (3-5, 0-2, NCC) in a Thursday night contest in Elizabeth City.

“They have a new head coach and they are trying to build a program,” added Saxby. “So we know they are going to play hard. We have to keep playing consistent, execute on offense and play good defense.”

CURRITUCK at BERTIE

This game has also been moved up to Thursday (10/25) at 7 p.m.

Last Friday, despite two weeks between games, Bertie lost at home to Northeastern, 48-14.

“We didn’t play well,” said Bertie coach Grantley Mizelle. “We didn’t block or tackle and Northeastern is too good a team.”

Thursday night is Senior Night at Roy Bond, Jr. Stadium where it will be Currituck (5-3, 1-2, NCC) looking to rebound from the Hertford County loss at Bertie (4-3, 1-1, NCC).

“Currituck has a very good quarterback and they have a big offensive line,” concluded Mizelle. “They are an improved team from the past. We have to play better than last Friday; play inspired, and execute better offensive and defensive plays.”

WASHINGTON CO. at GATES COUNTY

This game has also been moved up to Thursday (10/25) at 7 p.m.

In a game many thought would be closer, Gates County lost to Edenton Holmes 56-7 in Albemarle Athletic Conference play.

“Edenton is a very good team,” said Gates coach Matt Biggy. “We had an opportunity to score points and we didn’t.”

Thursday, the Red Barons (6-2, 2-1, AAC) will host Washington County (3-4, 2-1, AAC).

“This team is very athletic offensively and they have a very good quarterback,” added Biggy. “They are also very quick and they make good plays. We have to establish our running game offensively and make tackles to execute on defense.”

BETHEL CHRISTIAN at NEA-HOBGOOD

Last Friday Northeast-Hobgood lost their first game of the season to Halifax Academy 34-28 in a battle of unbeatens. The game was played as Homecoming at Hobgood Academy and the Eagles played a strong second half, but couldn’t catch up in time after falling behind. Top seeding in the NCISAA 1A 8-Man Football Colonial Conference post-season was on the line and the Vikings prevailed.

This Friday, the first round of the playoffs begin in Lasker as second-seed Northeast-Hobgood (6-1) hosts three-seed Bethel Christian (4-3). Number-one seed Halifax (7-0) will host four-seed Pungo Christian (3-4).

With four teams remaining these are the semi-finals, with the winners meeting for the state championship at Halifax on Nov. 3. It both NEA-Hobgood and Halifax prevail; it will be a re-match of last year’s title game.