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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cape Hatteras (1-6) (LW 8): The Hurricanes lost to Manteo…’s JV. Now comes a boxing rematch against Creswell.
- Creswell (0-7) (LW 9): And I’m done.
— Owen Hassell