Looks like it’ll be a quiet week of high school football in the northeast corner. And by quiet I mean…
EDENTON-NORTHEASTERN! EDENTON-NORTHEASTERN! EDENTON-NORTHEASTERN! EDENTON-NORTHEASTERN! EDENTON-NORTHEASTERN! EDENTON-NORTHEASTERN! EDENTON-NORTHEASTERN! EDENTON-NORTHEASTERN! EDENTON-NORTHEASTERN! EDENTON-NORTHEASTERN! EDENTON-NORTHEASTERN! EDENTON-NORTHEASTERN!
Yes, most def gonna be…
Eh you get it. Both state ranked (Northeastern 6th, Aces 7th separated by one vote in Tuesday’s AP state poll of 2A programs) and most likely again for the Northeastern Coastal Conference title (one or the other have won it each year since 2010 — even shared in 2013). Who wins this game? Northeastern North Carolina. For one, it puts more statewide eyeballs on this region, which is always a good thing. So, yes, I’m biased. Towards northeastern North Carolina.
Now (EDENTON-NORTHEASTERN!) onto the (EDENTON-NORTHEASTERN!) power rankings:
Northeastern Coastal Conference
- Edenton (6-1) (LW 1): The Aces’ game at Currituck was postponed to Oct. 31. Seems like this rain thing just won’t stop. No telling if the extra time gives Edenton an advantage this Friday, since Northeastern didn’t need much to overpower Camden last Thursday.
- Northeastern (6-1) (LW 2): Although the Eagles have won the last four meetings against their league rivals, all have come down to the final few minutes. It’s a shame this is the last time they meet as conference foes, but let’s not think about it and enjoy Friday instead. While the Aces might have the slightest of edges in these rankings, NHS would like to remind everyone it has won 15-straight NCC games.
- First Flight (5-1) (LW 4): Don’t doubt the Prince.
- Hertford County (4-4) (LW 5): The Bears are certainly talented enough to move up at least one more spot. Nighthawks-Bears will also be great.
- Pasquotank (5-2) (LW 3): Still a lot for the Panthers to play for even after their home loss to First Flight. With just a 10-game regular season, one more victory seals up a winning season. Hertford County will be far from easy to secure it this Friday though.
- Currituck (2-5) (LW 6): The Knights take a two-week break before heading to Bertie.
- Bertie (2-5) (LW 7): After an impressive win came another crushing blow, this one to longtime rival Hertford County. From injuries to countywide flooding twice in less than a month, hard for the Falcons to catch a break.
Others receiving votes: Edenton-Northeastern JV.
- Gates (5-2) (LW 1): A second win via forfeit. Boy, people are really scared of the Barons (Creswell and North East Carolina Prep did not have enough players). I’m thinking Plymouth is not impressed.
- Plymouth (4-3) (LW 2): It took until early October for the Vikings to climb above .500, thanks to a difficult non-conference slate. The 34-8 score against Creswell is interesting, but perhaps coach Robert Cody was saving his guys for this Friday’s tangle at Perquimans.
- Perquimans (4-3) (LW 3): An open week leading into Plymouth helps, and the Pirates have the personnel and home field advantage to win. Doing so would also keep their slim conference title hopes alive.
- Manteo (4-4) (LW 4): Easily most improved team in the northeast corner. The Redskins have won four of their last five, and only dropping a late lead at Perquimans kept them from a five-game win streak. Can the momentum go from Roanoke Island to Gatesville? The Pirates hope so. Oh yeah, so does Manteo.
- Camden (1-6) (LW 5): Winning is the best remedy, and hosting Creswell couldn’t come at any better time.
- Mattamuskeet (4-3) (LW 6): So Cape Hatteras (twice), Columbia and Creswell make up the victories, but victories nonetheless.
- Columbia (3-4) (LW 7): This Friday’s game at Mattamuskeet determines the best of the Coastal’s small 1As, although the Lakers are already 1-0 against the Wildcats.
- Cape Hatteras (1-5) (LW 8): Like most places in the NENC, trying to recover from the latest bout of wet weather more important than the game.
- Creswell (0-7) (LW 9): In seven games, the Tigers have scored a combined 38 points. That’s all.
Others receiving votes: Northeastern-Edenton JV.
And with that a happy EDENTON-NORTHEASTERN! to you and yours.
— Owen Hassell