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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Manteo (2-4) (LW 5): Redskins can keep this spot with a victory against visiting Camden.
- 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.
- 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.
- Columbia (2-3) (LW 7): Not even an open week could do much to prep the Wildcats for Plymouth.
- 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.
- 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