Two northeastern North Carolina teams have entered the “Bah Gawd stop the match that man has a family” stage first highlighted by Jim Ross: Edenton and Currituck.
After Week 2, the Aces have outscored their opponents 101-25. Currituck has done so by an 89-2 count. Sounds like Northeastern has some competition in the Northeastern Coastal Conference.
So let’s try some power rankings:
- Northeastern (2-0): Eagles probably needed a wake-up call, but are probably just glad they woke up in time to beat former 4A Big East Conference foe Northern Nash. Can still say they haven’t lost to the Knights since the 1990s.
- Edenton (2-0): Perhaps best 1-2 rushing punch in the NENC with De’Shaun Hall and Keimon Bailey (among other backs). Bailey rushed for more than 200 yards on just eight carries against Perquimans. Aces will break recent curse against Plymouth on Friday.
- Currituck (2-0): No, really, the Knights are proving worthy of this spot. To be fair, both Manteo and Camden are struggling right now, so wins were expected. But not like this. Ryan Edwards has already passed for 510 yards and eight TDs. And, yeah, that Cam Whitehurst run. A win against Hickory (Va.) would go a long way to showing Currituck belongs in the league’s upper half — and would already give the team more wins than all of last season.
- Pasquotank (2-0): Panthers let the Red Barons hang around before pulling away. A soft non-conference slate could have Pasquotank at 4-0 before the fighting Chris McGees take on Edenton.
- Hertford County (1-1): The only NCC team to have a loss — league is 11-1 thus far, although the Bears lost to a formidable foe in 3A Wilson Hunt. Offense still adjusting to a new QB, and facing Rocky Mount will make for another stiff challenge, especially with injuries to tailback Kyeem Perry (knee) and an ankle sprain for receiver and Wake Forest commit Jaquarii Roberson.
- Bertie (1-0): A good debut for coach Grantley Mizelle leading the Falcons to a win against Northampton. Having a potential NCC Player of the Year healthy in Corey Cherry would be the cherr…nah, not using that line.
- First Flight (1-0): Arcadia (Va.) again provided little competition. The annual Marlin Bowl will only be slightly tougher facing its rival from Roanoke Island.
Others receiving votes: Tyler Perkins blocks, Cam Whitehurst interviews.
- Plymouth (0-2): So what? Vikings have lost to a 2A East favorite in Northeastern and an improved 1AA (for playoffs) program in Riverside. Until the Vikings lose a conference game (that hasn’t happened since Coastal 10 was formed) they deserve the spot.
- Gates (0-2): Another team who will likely be 0-3 leading into conference play…and yet a group I’m high on springing a win against Plymouth more than anyone. That would be in the regular season finale by the way.
- Perquimans (1-1): If the Pirates can not get discouraged after being outmatched in back-to-back games against Edenton and Pasquotank, they could really make some noise. Dallas Hall, Dwuan Williams and company have a legit chance to help Perquimans to a winning record for the first time since 2008. If so, do you make interim coach Aaron Burke the permanent guy?
- Camden (0-2): Injuries have the Bruins thin right now. This team will be better than what it has shown in giving up 108 combined points once Coastal 10 play starts…just avoid injuries at Northeastern this Friday.
- Manteo (0-2): The Redskins will fight hard as usual for Eddie Twyne in his final year as head coach. No better way to kickstart this season if Manteo can beat the Nighthawks.
- Mattamuskeet (2-0): Hey Hyde County, your team is undefeated. And they won both on the road. *whispers* it was Columbia and Hatteras
- Columbia (1-1): Wildcats made the trip across the county line to top Creswell. Guess that puts them here.
- Creswell (0-2): Tigers get to play Hatteras on Sept. 16.
- Cape Hatteras (0-2): Stay safe during the storm.
Others receiving votes: late night Camden Board of Education meetings.
— Owen Hassell