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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- Gates (1-2) (LW 1): The Red Barons get a week off to prepare for…Mattamuskeet. OK sure.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mattamuskeet (2-1) (LW 5): KIPP Pride ‘kipped’ (come on, you get that pun, right?) up the Lakers. I’ll stop now.
- 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.
- Creswell (0-3) (LW 8): Plays Cape Hatteras this Friday.
OcracokeCape 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