Weekly conference power rankings

I could make this list very easy and just put Mother Nature No. 1 in both the Coastal 10 and Northeastern Coastal conferences. However, football was eventually played (on Friday, Saturday and Monday). Let’s hope we can have at least one full slate of Friday games in the northeast corner.

NCC

  1. Edenton (5-1) (LW 1): The Aces were out to make a statement in their conference opener at Pasquotank, where they thumped the previously undefeated Panthers. Keimon Bailey now has 1,104 yards rushing and, save a few fumbles last Friday, put in a nearly flawless performance while also keeping Pasquotank’s Marcus Cowell in check. Hertford County has a tough task at Edenton this Friday.
  2. Northeastern (4-1) (LW 2): It’s the Eagles who are the three-time, three-time, three-time defending NCC champs and hold a 14-game win streak against league foes dating back to late 2013. NHS made its statement, too, by beating Bertie 48-8, but will have to go without starting quarterback Damar Sutton due to an ankle injury for the next 2-3 weeks. Having JR Walker as a backup must be nice, however.
  3. First Flight (4-0) (LW 4): Nighthawks move up a spot by staying undefeated. Pull off a big upset against NHS this Friday and we’ll talk about any future upward moves.
  4. Pasquotank (4-1) (LW 3): Just too much from the Aces. Now we can see how the Panthers respond to some adversity at Currituck. Could be a high-scoring affair.
  5. Hertford County (3-3) (LW 5): Bears tailback Kyeem Perry is expected to return from injury this Friday at Edenton. Is the timing enough to balance the team’s offense with potent receivers Jaquarii Roberson and Dunyasha Porter?
  6. Currituck (2-4) (LW 6): No one is happier to return home than the Knights. After all it’s been five weeks in a row, and not all on Friday (there’s a Saturday and Monday in there).
  7. Bertie (1-4) (LW 7): Football had to take a back seat to cleaning up from the flooding throughout the county through last weekend. Amazing enough the Falcons could get the field ready for Monday. However the road is not any easier, even with a 1A team in Riverside this Friday: the Martin County school is 5-0.

Others receiving votes: Names on back of First Flight jerseys, Antonio Moore’s Twitter account.

Coastal 10

  1. Plymouth (2-3) (LW 1): The Vikings have outscored their first two conference opponents by a combined 93-7 score. Some things never change — then again, Plymouth still has Gates and Perquimans on the schedule.
  2. Gates (3-2) (LW 2): Last Friday’s game against Creswell became a forfeit win for the Red Barons as the Tigers did not have enough players. That’s thanks to having players ejected for fighting a week earlier against Cape Hatteras. Shamon now.
  3. Perquimans (4-2) (LW 3): Winning at Gates will be a challenge. Do so, however, and the path to the Coastal 10 title goes through Hertford, since both Plymouth and Camden have to play at Perquimans. A win also nearly makes it automatic that the Pirates earn a winning record (provided expected results against at least Mattamuskeet and Columbia) for the first time since 2008.
  4. Manteo (2-4) (LW 5): Redskins can keep this spot with a victory against visiting Camden.
  5. Camden (1-4) (LW 4): If Brandon Underwood is back, then it gives the Bruins an edge. If not, then that makes any opponent tough other than Creswell and Mattamuskeet the rest of the way.
  6. Mattamuskeet (2-3) (LW 6): Perhaps the Lakers’ best chance at beating one of the league’s bigger 1As did not pan out against Manteo.
  7. Columbia (2-3) (LW 7): Not even an open week could do much to prep the Wildcats for Plymouth.
  8. Creswell (0-3) (LW 8): So the game against Cape Hatteras didn’t really happen because of fighting. That alone should end the season for both teams.
  9. Hatteras (0-3) (LW 9): Anyone know who was leading before the fight?

Others receiving votes: Gatorades at Perquimans concession stand on a hot day, Northeastern JV team.

— Owen Hassell

Weekly conference power rankings

 

Non-conference is no more (well, not really, says at least First Flight, Camden and Perquimans) and these rankings can better reflect where football teams are in the Coastal 10 and Northeastern Coastal conferences.

The NCC won 19 games spread among seven teams. Four teams (Northeastern, Edenton, First Flight and Pasquotank) are either ranked or earning honorable mention votes in several state 2A polls.

Those four combined for 14 of the victories while the Nighthawks (3-0) and Panthers (4-0) are undefeated. *cue the chuga chuga chuga of the Pasquotank respect train and the roaring engines of 20 Jim Prince limited edition model Corvettes*

For the Coastal 10, non-conference is pure survival. Yay for conference games…which have already started there anyway. Even Plymouth, yes the 1-3 one, approves this message.

NCC

  1. Edenton (4-1) (LW 2): Yeah I went there. The Aces get the edge on the strength of their play against their toughest non-conference foe (defending 3A state champ Rocky Mount) compared to Northeastern’s (at Virginia’s Lake Taylor). Is it right? Maybe not. Both were losses after all, but Edenton had a legit shot to top the Gryphons. Plus the Aces are playing as good of football as any 2A team in the East — with 1A numbers. Beware new 1A Albemarle Conference in 2017: Keimon Bailey is just a junior and is near 1,000 yards rushing through just five games.
  2. Northeastern (3-1) (LW 1): Those escapes against Northern Nash and Wilson Hunt showed the Eagles can fight through adversity. So, was it adversity overload in Norfolk? If only a fake 26 penalties by the Titans from last season (noting a computer stat program is only as good as the person running it) could have helped NHS, who struggled with the option and listening to a PA announcer that proves it’s OK to talk during plays (it’s not OK to talk during plays). Note to self: don’t let Edenton see some of those runs off the option. Oh, wait, the video is already posted. At least the Eagles get to fly into league play in style against Bertie this Friday.
  3. Pasquotank (4-0) (LW 3): The Panthers keep making the doubters doubt why they doubted the Panthers and created so much doubt. I’m not making sense and I’m writing this late at night. So why starting doubting now after taking care of business through non-conference play? Oh, right, Edenton. But the idea of Pasquotank going 5-0 would be something.
  4. First Flight (3-0) (LW 4): Open date last Friday and the Nighthawks get one more taste of non-conference at Camden. I try not to compare in this fashion, but here goes anyway: Camden lost to Currituck, who lost to First Flight. All of those are rivalry games, so no telling if such a connection even matters to this Friday’s contest.
  5. Hertford County (2-3) (LW 5): Hung close with 4A South Central in an overtime defeat. Another squad happy for conference season, and who has best chance to move in these rankings because of it.
  6. Currituck (2-3) (LW 6): Plenty of senior leadership for the Knights should help them recover now that NCC season begins. A win in Ahoskie would definitely get them back to the good old days of Week 1 and 2.
  7. Bertie (1-3) (LW 7): So not everyone wants NCC play right now says the team looking at Northeastern this Friday after the Eagles suffered their first loss.

Honorable mention: Lake Taylor (Va.) FG posts and field maintenance.

Coastal 10

  1. Plymouth (1-3) (LW 2): Remember us, the team that hasn’t lost a Coastal 10 game ever, never mind won last year’s 1A state title? Boy were the Vikings hopping mad to prove it against Camden. Enough they deserve their top spot back.
  2. Gates (2-2) (LW 1): No fair, the Red Barons won, too. Against Mattamuskeet tho.
  3. Perquimans (3-2) (LW 3): The Pirates nearly plummeted down the rankings after a dismal first half against Manteo. Fortunately for them the Redskins wore down and had some costly turnovers and penalties to help Perquimans cap a comeback and help keep those possible conference title hopes alive.
  4. Camden (1-3) (LW 4): In a year where there could be a dent in the Plymouth armor, the Bruins still could not bring down the Vikings, falling 41-7. Can they manage another second place Coastal finish?
  5. Manteo (1-4) (LW 5): The Redskins returned some players off injury in time for their game at Hertford, and it was obvious early on that they could well aid in a victory. That bodes well the rest of the way.
  6. Mattamuskeet (2-2) (LW 6): The Lakers’ best chance to beat anyone above them here is against Manteo. And that game will happen right now…meaning this Friday on Roanoke Island.
  7. Columbia (2-2) (LW 7): At least the Wildcats had a week to prepare for Plymouth. I tried.
  8. Creswell (0-3) (LW 8): Who knows if it even played Cape Hatteras last Friday? Go ahead, check MaxPreps, I’ll wait.
  9. Cape Hatteras (0-3) (LW 9): Do the Hurricanes still trot out a dog mascot and call him Cane-Nine? When you get it then let me know.

Honorable mention: Perquimans football players dressed as cheerleaders.

— Owen Hassell

Football Rewind — Morehouse vs. Elizabeth City State at the 19th Down East Viking Football Classic

ROCKY MOUNT — The Elizabeth City State football team knocked off Morehouse College 35-30 on Saturday to earn the Down East Viking Football Classic trophy for the first time since 2012.

Daquan Neal threw four touchdown passes, while Victor Tabbs hauled in two touchdowns to go with 154 receiving yards for ECSU.

Quentin Williams had an interception with a punt block for the Vikings (1-2).

Morehouse is 2-1 on the season.

Before the game expired, players from Morehouse and ECSU were involved in an incident after Morehouse converted on an extra point with nine seconds remaining.

Two players from ECSU and Morehouse were ejected from the game.

Weekly conference power rankings

OK, I got the title right this week. However, it is prediction-like in how I view both the football teams in the Coastal 10 and Northeastern Coastal conferences. Enough apologizing it’s Week 5.

NCC

  1. Northeastern (3-0) (LW 1): The Eagles sure have found a variety of ways to win after only three games. Handle Plymouth with ease, trail Northern Nash for three quarters before rallying in the final minutes, then allow Wilson Hunt a chance in overtime only to drop the Warriors in Wilson. The Eagles can cling to those battle-tested moments as they go to Norfolk, Virginia’s Lake Taylor this Friday. NHS let the teams’ first-ever meeting slip away last fall (although if you hear the LT stat guy talk, it’s because the Titans had more than 20 penalties against them that it was even close — nevermind that was comically false). Can it finish like it has recently?
  2. Edenton (3-1) (LW 2): Don’t call it a moral victory. Those don’t count to the Aces, although they shook the mess out of reigning 3A state champ Rocky Mount and led in the third quarter before losing 28-17. Shake it off against Virginia’s Booker T. Washington, no worries.
  3. Pasquotank (3-0) (LW 4): Perhaps too high for the Panthers, being that they’re unbeaten by defeating 1As Camden, Gates and Perquimans. With Currituck dropping back-to-back games (one to a NCC rival), however, it was only right to elevate a team without a loss. North Pitt might be 0-3, but it’s played a far tougher slate and Pasquotank has to go to Bethel.
  4. First Flight (3-0) (LW 6): Time to give the Nighthawks some more love after also starting the season without a defeat. I can hear Jim Prince’s Corvettes roar in approval.
  5. Hertford County (2-2) (LW 5): We see you Bears with that 62 spot on Southern Vance. Yes, against a winless team, but one who put up 48 on Oxford Webb. And Wake Forest commit Jaquarii Roberson was doing Jaquarii Roberson things again. Ahoskie fans rejoice.
  6. Currituck (2-2) (LW 3): These are the times that try men’s souls. Didn’t Thomas Paine also have a passage in Common Sense that said ye shall not play Wilson Hunt after such setbacks? Conference play can’t come soon enough (and at least there’s the First Flight rematch in Barco).
  7. Bertie (1-2) (LW 7): Good news for the Falcons is SouthWest Edgecombe looks like a more winnable game that four weeks ago since SWE is 0-4. Looking at its margins of defeat (other than Edenton) may say something else i.e. the Cougars are due for a W.

Others receiving votes: First Flight’s new marlin.

Coastal 10

  1. Gates (1-2) (LW 1): The Red Barons get a week off to prepare for…Mattamuskeet. OK sure.
  2. Plymouth (0-3) (LW 2): The Vikings get a week off to prepare for…Camden. Yes, please, if you follow Plymouth. The Bruins may see a recharged group in Washington County on Friday, which is not good for anyone in the Coastal 10.
  3. Perquimans (2-2) (LW 3): A rousing start to league play in beating Creswell 54-0 in about 80 minutes — when many games were at halftime. Pirates not going to do the same quick walkthrough against Manteo.
  4. Camden (1-2) (LW 4): Hooray for Brandon Underwood. Three rushing touchdowns for the quarterback and a pass that Jay Guill is still trying to wrangle (let’s just assume he did and scored, at least the officials did). The Columbia win was therapeutic, but a victory at Plymouth would signal a big shake-up in the rankings.
  5. Manteo (1-3) (LW 6): Welcome back Redskins. After scoring a combined nine points in three losses, Manteo posted 51 in blasting Northwest Halifax. Level of competition aside, more needed Coastal 10 therapy. See you in Hertford.
  6. Mattamuskeet (2-1) (LW 5): KIPP Pride ‘kipped’ (come on, you get that pun, right?) up the Lakers. I’ll stop now.
  7. Columbia (2-2) (LW 7): We going to keep working out of the shotgun just to throw screens when even blocking on screens is a huge chore? K Thanks.
  8. Creswell (0-3) (LW 8): Plays Cape Hatteras this Friday.
  9. Ocracoke Cape Hatteras (0-3) (LW 9): Winner of Creswell-Hatteras gets free rides on the Hatteras-Ocracoke Tunnel for a year.

Others receiving votes: Abe Todd tackles, the field formerly known as Scott Jones Field.

— Owen Hassell

Sunday Links Around the CIAA — Week 2

Some football teams in the CIAA took it on the chin once again in Week 2 on Saturday.

Winston-Salem State and Bowie State appear to be at the top of the conference once again.

Wingate picks up another win against a CIAA team. This week it’s Shaw.

Winston-Salem State continues its solid play with a win against Catawba.

Campbell knocks off Chowan in Murfreesboro.

Fordham sets school scoring record against Elizabeth City State.

Bowie State blanks Johnson C. Smith.

Lincoln (PA.) beats Lincoln (Mo.) in the battle of the Lincoln schools.

Fayetteville State falls to UNC Pembroke in Two Rivers Classic.

Newberry tops Virginia Union.

Livingstone defeats Edward Waters College in home opener.

Virginia State knocks off Tusculum.

Saint Augustine’s clipped by Carson-Newman.