The Currituck football team set the tone by grinding out rushing yards against First Flight last Friday. In fact, the Knights ran more than twice as many plays than the Nighthawks in the opening quarter of their 30-12 win, which got Currituck into the win column for 2015.
Coach John Wheeler and the Knights (1-3) really did simplify the playbook to earn their fifth-straight victory against the Nighthawks (2-2). Nothing fancy. Tyell Dunton’s touchdowns runs were both from a yard out as a few examples.
“We just had the fire and wanted it more,” said Dunton against the team’s rival from Kill Devil Hills.
What was fun to see was the defense flying to the ball. Currituck ended the night plus-4 in turnover margin as First Flight coughed it up six times.
There aren’t many quarterbacks in #nencsports who are in their second year or more as the starter. Ryan Edwards, however, is one and was clutch throughout Friday. His 20-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter sealed the win. He also threw for a TD and ran in three two-point conversions.
The third he punctuated by rocking a First Flight defender at the goal line.
“That was just a finisher,” said the junior nicknamed ‘Bubs’ with a laugh. “I didn’t hear a whistle.”
Coaches and players didn’t want to press the panic button after the 0-3 start, but yes, a fourth-straight loss would’ve been damaging. Especially when you consider 3A Wilson Hunt coming to Barco this Friday and then Northeastern Coastal Conference play beginning against Hertford County, both where the Knights would be considered underdogs.
Currituck hasn’t started 0-4 since Rich Dombroski’s first year in 2004 when the Knights went 0-11. While that’s the past, so is the current Currituck group’s losing streak.