Week 3 prep football capsules
Friday, September 6, 2019
We’re into the third week of high school football, and it’s the third week that games have been postponed, canceled or moved to different dates.
Weather stemming from Hurricane Dorian threw a wrench into yet another sports week as Southern Nash, Rocky Mount Academy, SouthWest Edgecombe and North Edgecombe football all played games on Wednesday. The rest of the area teams, meanwhile, have moved their games to either Saturday or Monday.
Here’s a rundown of the upcoming games:
Northern Nash (2-0) at Tarboro (2-0)
Kickoff: 6 p.m. Saturday
Last week: Northern Nash defeated Wilson Beddingfield, 26-21. Tarboro defeated Washington, 47-0.
The matchup: Northern Nash’s new offense is off to a running start. The Knights have rushed for 690 yard through the first two weeks, which is already more than half of the 2018 rushing total. Northern Nash is led by senior running back Amir Pittman-Williams (335 yards, six touchdowns). Tarboro has been typical Tarboro over the first two weeks. The Vikings haven’t allowed a point this season, including a 6-0 decision over Rocky Mount and a 47-0 win last week over Washington. This will be the second 3-A opponent for 1-A Tarboro this season.
Rocky Mount High (1-1) at Hertford County (1-0)
Kickoff: 6 p.m. Saturday
Last week: Rocky Mount High defeated Greenville Conley, 46-29. Hertford County defeated Wilson Hunt, 27-26.
The matchup: Rocky Mount High looked sharp in its first full game in beating Conley. Both the passing game and running game got involved in the offense, while the defense collected four interceptions and special teams pitched in with a kickoff return touchdown. Hertford County is coming off a comeback win after it trailed the whole game until the final minute. The Bears scored a touchdown and, instead of playing for overtime, added a two-point conversion to steal a victory from Hunt. The Gryphons will have to start fast to limit the momentum the Bears carried over from that win.
East Chapel Hill (0-2) at Nash Central (1-1)
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m Monday
Last week: East Chapel Hill lost to Carrboro, 28-13. Nash Central lost to Southern Nash, 53-14.
The matchup: Nash Central has shown sparks of a high-scoring offense through the first two weeks of the season, and the Bulldogs will get another chance to put it all together at home. Nash Central junior quarterback Jaylan Williams is proving to be dangerous in the running game, while running back Shemar Henderson has emerged as the team’s go-to rusher. East Chapel Hill has allowed 79 points through the first two weeks and a combined 538 rushing yards.
Faith Christian (1-1) at Raleigh St. David’s (0-1)
Kickoff: 7 p.m. Monday
Last week: Faith Christian lost to St. Anne’s-Belfield, 57-22. St. David’s did not play.
The matchup: This is a rematch of the NCISAA 2-A 8-man state championship game from last season where FCS won, 24-20. FCS is coming off a road loss in Virginia, but figures to be a force in its division again with a strong rushing attack spearheaded by Shaikey Hardy and Hobart Brantley. Both runners have three touchdowns. St. David’s hasn’t played since Aug. 16 and will be playing its second game of the season after losing its opener 20-18.