Football Rewind | Virginia Union at Elizabeth City State

ECSU rallied in the second half to defeat Virginia Union 24-21 in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Northern Division contest on Saturday at Roebuck Stadium in Elizabeth City on Homecoming and senior day.

If ECSU defeats Bowie State in the regular season finale and Virginia State loses to Virginia Union, a game that is also next Saturday, the Vikings will clinch the Northern Division title and a spot in the CIAA Championship game.

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Football Rewind | Northeastern at Hertford County

AHOSKIE — Hertford County held on to defeat Northeastern 13-12 on Friday in a Northeastern Coastal Conference matchup.

Weekly conference power rankings

Northeastern is on its way to three-straight undefeated regular seasons in the Northeastern Coastal Conference. Tell that to Hertford County, who believes it was slighted in the teams’ two meetings last year and gets the Eagles in Ahoskie this Friday.

It’s another opportunity for NHS to prove its dominance in the northeast corner. We know what happened last time it was being questioned nearly two weeks ago.

NCC

  1. Northeastern (8-1) (LW 1): A victory this Friday would give the Eagles at least a share of a fourth-straight NCC championship.
  2. Edenton (7-2) (LW 2): There was some Northeastern hangover in the opening quarter against First Flight, then it was back to the Aces running and running and running some more.
  3. Hertford County (5-4) (LW 3): A win against NHS could create a three-way tie atop the conference a la 2013 (Eagles, Aces and Knights). Yeah no.
  4. First Flight (5-3) (LW 4): Reality has set in with three losses in the last four games. Now comes a second meeting against Currituck.
  5. Bertie (4-5) (LW 6): Make way for the Falcons. It’s that Mizelle Magic in Windsor.
  6. Pasquotank (5-4) (LW 5): This Friday could be it for the Panthers if they lose at Bertie. On the flip side, a Pasquotank win gives them a winning…ya know, I’ve explained this plenty the past few weeks. Time for the Tank to just do it.
  7. Currituck (2-6) (LW 7): The Knights led at Bertie until the final 3:30, another heartbreaker for a program that hasn’t tasted victory since August.

Others receiving votes: Your school, your field, our game.

Coastal 10

  1. Gates (7-2) (LW 1): One week Maxpreps takes away the forfeit wins, the next they’re back. Just keep them dubs already. Red Barons even got love from the AP state poll as just outside the top 10 for 1As.
  2. Plymouth (6-3) (LW 2): Can we just fast forward to Vikings-Barons in Gatesville?
  3. Manteo (4-5) (LW 4): Moving up without playing is rare. After result of Camden-Perquimans tho…
  4. Camden (2-6) (LW 5): Almost everyone was guilty of underestimating a Scott Jones-coached team, especially when said coach got a week-plus to prepare. Thus the Bruins have now won six in a row against their friends from Hertford.
  5. Perquimans (4-5) (LW 3): Pirates can at least get above .500 with victories against Mattamuskeet and Columbia.
  6. Mattamuskeet (5-4) (LW 6): How about this: a victory against either Perquimans or Camden (or heck why not both) would mean the Lakers would have a winning season.
  7. Columbia (3-6) (LW 7): It’s Creswell. It’s Columbia. Combined they have fewer players than Northeastern.
  8. Creswell (1-7) (LW 9): The Tigers and Hurricanes played an entire game without fighting. Creswell won by the same 34-8 score it lost to a week earlier to Plymouth. And we found out the score by the end of the weekend. Progress.
  9. Cape Hatteras (1-7) (LW 8): Season finale at Norfolk Christian this Friday.

Others receiving votes: Brandon Underwood’s Cam Whitehurst impression.

— Owen Hassell

Tennis Rewind | Northeastern Coastal Conference girls tournament

The Edenton girls tennis team won the Northeastern Coastal Conference tennis tournament on Tuesday at Northeastern High School.

The Lady Aces won the doubles final.

First Flight’s Gray Tillett defeated Currituck’s Julianna Chalk in the tournament consolation singles match.

Currituck’s Sarah Dover defeated Northeastern’s Anne Claire Foreman in the final of girls singles.

Weekly conference power rankings

Northeastern was glad to see a packed house last Friday to show as many people as possible that it’s Northeastern’s Coastal Conference.

That’s 16 straight NCC victories, a 36-3 conference mark since 2010 and well on its way to a third-straight unbeaten league campaign and fourth-straight title.

Who would have expected a 48-14 beatdown of Edenton? Other than the NHS players at least. A flock of Aces turnovers gave the Eagles ample opportunity to expand their lead, and by the start of the second half the game was essentially done.

The turnover bug was so rampant that NHS scored 48 points on less than 300 yards of total offense.

NCC

  1. Ede…just playing Northeastern (7-1) (LW 2): The Eagles likely put together their best game of the year at a good time. I saw some intensity in this group that’s been missing in recent weeks. That doesn’t bode well for Pasquotank. Again.
  2. Edenton (6-2) (LW 1): I know the Aces are better than that final score last Friday. What had been overlooked with the wins was Edenton had made its share of fumbles. That and the Eagles’ defensive line dominance of the Aces up front combined for the biggest blowout of the series since 2010 despite both being state ranked.
  3. Hertford County (5-4) (LW 4): The Bears keep climbing and are the only somewhat threat to knock off Northeastern in the final weeks of the regular season. That game is in Ahoskie if that’s any help.
  4. First Flight (5-2) (LW 3): A head scratcher at home against Bertie gave the Nighthawks their second defeat and perhaps a blow to their chances of a home playoff berth and finishing third in the NCC. Side note: Who would’ve thought even a few years ago that Bertie beating First Flight was an upset?
  5. Pasquotank (5-3) (LW 5): The back half of the league schedule is again punching the Panthers hard. A 47-0 home loss to Hertford County and now going to Northeastern, who put a 70 spot on Pasquotank last year. It’s also the Eagles’ homecoming. It could get real ugly. Can the Panthers find another win and thus guarantee only their second-ever winning season? Side note: since Pasquotank has a bye week on Nov. 4, and the NCHSAA granted football an extra week to finish out the season, the Panthers may be off two weeks before playing in the postseason (and with five wins, there should be a postseason for the Tank).
  6. Bertie (3-5) (LW 7): How can you not root for the Falcons? They could have folded weeks ago, instead they’ve won two of their last three.
  7. Currituck (2-5) (LW 6): Knights can at least reclaim sixth with a win at Bertie this Friday. A week off to prepare never hurts, and that added week to the season ensures they won’t finish the year with three contests in a week.

Coastal 10

  1. Gates (5-2) (LW 1): While Plymouth is still doing Plymouth things in the conference its dominated since it was constructed, the Red Barons keep winning, too. Beating Manteo 41-25 on Monday was another step in a November showdown with the Vikings.
  2. Plymouth (5-3) (LW 2): Can the Vikings close down the Coastal (realignment starting next season has Plymouth in the new Albemarle Conference) without a loss?
  3. Perquimans (4-4) (LW 3): It’s been a few years since the Pirates beat rival Camden. This is their best chance yet Friday. Can they shake off Monday’s 54-19 loss to Plymouth Monday in time?
  4. Manteo (4-5) (LW 4): The Redskins put up a good fight at Gates and can finish 5-6 on the year with a split against the Washington County schools. Guess which one is the certain win?
  5. Camden (1-6) (LW 5): Its game with Creswell moved to Tuesday and then to Nov. 10 with the added week kept the Bruins from a second win. It did, however, give them plenty of time to gear up for Perquimans.
  6. Mattamuskeet (5-3) (LW 6): Don’t let the record fool you. No more Columbia, Creswell and Cape Hatteras for wins now, though: season finishes at Plymouth, Perquimans and at Camden.
  7. Columbia (3-5) (LW 7): No one just goes to Tyrrell County and leaves with a victory. Eh, just watch Gates do it this week.
  8. Cape Hatteras (1-6) (LW 8): The Hurricanes lost to Manteo…’s JV. Now comes a boxing rematch against Creswell.
  9. Creswell (0-7) (LW 9): And I’m done.

— Owen Hassell