Class 2A third round playoffs: Northeastern at Kinston

Below are highlights from the 2A East third round football contest between No. 4 Northeastern and No. 1 Kinston.

Kinston defeated Northeastern 14-13 on November 27, 2015. Kinston (14-0) advanced to the East fourth round. After securing a 13-0 halftime lead, Northeastern (11-3) could not hold the lead as its season came to an end.

Plus we got a vine….

or two of Northeastern heading out for warmups.

Against the No. 1 team in the Class 2A East region, Northeastern, which had key veterans on offense, defense and special teams had to capitalize on every opportunity.

In the second half, Kinston showed why they are one of the top squads in the region as they pulled out the win.

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In the bonus: Mid-Atlantic Christian at Elizabeth City State men’s basketball

Hopefully everyone had a good Thanksgiving holiday.

Below are highlights from the first half between Mid-Atlantic Christian and Elizabeth City State on Tuesday.

ECSU knocked off MACU 96-55. The Vikings improved to 2-2 on the season, while the Mustangs fell to 0-7.

Moment of silence

Before tip-off, a moment of silence was held for former ECSU assistant softball coach William White.

White was a coach on the two Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association softball championship teams in 2002 and 2005. Before he retired from ECSU, White served as a campus police officer.

Football seniors recognized

At halftime of the basketball game, a handful of seniors who were on campus were recognized by the university.

(From second to left) ECSU football seniors Lovie Banks-Rose, Darren Wilson, Maliek Wright, Ronald Gray and Kevrette Brown were recognized during halftime of the ECSU-MACU basketball game on Nov. 24, 2015
Flanked by ECSU offensive coordinator Alvin Parker (far left) and defensive coordinator Marcus Hilliard (far right), football seniors Lovie Banks-Rose, Darren Wilson, Maliek Wright, Ronald Gray and Kevrette Brown were recognized during halftime of the ECSU-MACU basketball game on Nov. 24, 2015

Players Lovie Banks-Rose, Darren Wilson, Maliek Wright, Ronald Gray and Kevrette Brown received plaques from ECSU athletic director Derrick Johnson.

Malcolm Shields

 

 

Hertford County at Northeastern 2A playoffs

Here is the second to last play of the game between Hertford County and Northeastern in the 2A East regional second round game.

Hertford County was at the Northeastern 3-yard line with six seconds remaining.

The call on the field was an incomplete pass.

Northeastern got the stop on the next play for the 41-34 win.

*UPDATE* Below are the game highlights between the Eagles and Bears.

No. 4 Northeastern advanced to the 2A third round Friday where they travel to No. 1 Kinston.

After a difficult first half, the NHS defense came through with the stop at the end of the game. For more on this matchup, click here.

Coach speak: Grambling at Mid-Atlantic Christian men’s basketball

Grambling State defeated Mid-Atlantic Christian 85-26 on November 14, 2015. Former Elizabeth City State men’s basketball coach Shawn Walker talks about his return to ECSU as the Grambling coach, coaching in the Vaughan Center and a closer than expected first 10 minutes against Mid-Atlantic Christian University.

Grambling lead 16-7 over MACU.

MACU men’s coach Allan Harris talks about the Mustangs’ improvement over the first four games of the 2015-2016 season. Grambling improved to 1-1 overall, while MACU dropped to 0-4 overall.

For more on this game, click here.

After further review: First Flight at Northeastern football (with video links)

All four Northeastern Coastal Conference playoff teams were sandwiched together in the 2A East bracket this season: Edenton (seeded eighth), Northeastern (No. 4), Hertford County (5th) and First Flight (13th).

The NCC champion Eagles took on the Nighthawks, meaning at least one league team would be out after the opening round. Northeastern beat First Flight again this fall by a 48-19 margin, but some fumbles and long pass plays by the Nighthawks left NHS (10-2) knowing it must play better in the second round.

After all, Hertford County makes its return to Elizabeth City a few weeks removed from nearly upsetting NHS, falling 37-34.

Nevertheless, there was no threat of one Friday thanks to touchdown runs by Devonte Rountree and Clarence Jones. Rountree had three rushing scores and two through the air.

Afterwards coach Antonio Moore was handed a ceremonial football honoring his 113th coaching win, all at his alma mater, making him the school’s winningest coach.