Plymouth might not be the Plymouth of the past few years (i.e. reaching another 1A state championship), but the Vikings proved Friday night at Camden that they’re still tops in the 1A East for now and could make the title game anyway for a fourth-straight year.
The 37-14 win for Plymouth meant it’ll win a third Coastal 10 Conference championship. If the Vikings slip then it’ll be a shock. Otherwise Camden will look to hold onto second again, a consolation prize considering Plymouth gave the home squad plenty of chances to pull the upset.
It was a sloppy game with penalties and turnovers, and one where the Vikings essentially took 14 first half points off the board because of mistakes you don’t see out of a winning program. A block in the back, unsportsmanlike conduct and more.
And when it came to scoring points, I’ll point to an unnecessary 59 yard touchdown run with seconds left when a simple knee on fourth down would’ve sealed it in the form of a 30-14 victory. I call those “unstyle” points.
Nevertheless, I consider Plymouth to be the 1A version of Northeastern in this part of the state. They still possess some size on the line and speed, and the return of tailback Chad Dance only amplifies team agility.
Camden coach Chris McGee believes his Bruins are so close to reaching that next level, to win conference championships and make deep postseason runs. To do so, you must take advantage of gift-wrapped opportunities.
Perquimans has quietly won back-to-back Coastal 10 Conference games and could well go 4-0 in the league before going to Plymouth on Oct. 16. It would be two unbeaten league squads, and although the Pirates would be heavy underdogs, they do have the speed to run (for a little while) with the Vikings.
Two things: one, the Pirates need to bring back a JV program. Numbers are going to remain a problem without some sort of team for freshmen and sophomores, who will get more reps to prep for varsity.
The second is the youth right now. Sophomores like Dallas Hall, Dwuan Williams and Tyler Clark have started to mesh well with seniors like Reashun Warren (a leading rusher in the area) and 6-foot-4, 300-pound tackle Da’Ome Mallory. Can Perquimans manage a winning season?
— Owen Hassell