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OCTAVIUS CARPENTER, Fike — In his final career game, the senior showed no wish for his football days to end in a 49-20 loss to Fayetteville Terry Sanford. With Fike receiving the opening kickoff, Carpenter darted 68 yards for a TD to give his team an early 7-0 lead. Hauled in a 31-yard touchdown reception from Demari Daniels in the third quarter to pull the Golden Demons within two possessions at 35-20.
CURTIS BULLOCK, Fike — Found a seam on Fike’s first offensive play from scrimmage and took it 59 yards for a touchdown to give the Demons a 14-7 first-quarter lead. Bullock tallied six carries for 67 yards and a score.
MIKE RAND, Fike — Senior running back/linebacker amassed eight carries for 72 yards in his final high school contest in a 49-20 loss to Fayetteville Terry Sanford.
C.J. JOYNER, Hunt — On a tough season-ending night for the Warriors, sophomore running back C.J. Joyner turned in a dandy performance Friday. The 6-foot, 180-pound Joyner powered for 166 rushing yards and a TD on 24 carries in Hunt’s 48-14 loss at Eastern Alamance in the first round of the 3-A playoffs. The Warriors wound up with 135 yards rushing.
AUNDREY LOFTIN, Hunt — If not for a pair of heads-up plays from the 6-1, 200-pound junior in span of some two minutes, Eastern Alamance’s 27-0 halftime cushion could have been more sizable. With the Eagles driving, Loftin blitzed and stole the football from the Eastern Alamance back as he was taking the handoff. After the Warriors were forced to punt, Loftin’s recovery of a muffed punt reception prevented the Eagles from claiming possession around Hunt’s 30-yard line.
CHRISTOPHER RICHARDSON, Hunt — With regular punter Chris Artis on the bench with an injury, Richardson was summoned into duty. On his first attempt, the 5-foot-9, 145-pound junior got off a 40-yard punt. He punted twice for a 32.5-yard average.
QUINTON COOLEY, Southern Nash — After taking off the final regular-season game, the senior wingback returned to rush for 148 yards and three two-point conversions in the Firebirds’ 38-6 defeat of visiting Fayetteville E.E. Smith in the first round of the 3-A playoffs Thursday night.
DAYLON WHITLEY, Southern Nash — Senior inside linebacker had just three tackles, but two — including a sack — were for loss of yardage as the Firebirds held the Golden Bulls to just 78 offensive yards. Also caused a fumble and recovered one. Finished with 35 yards on four carries at the fullback spot, including touchdown runs of 25 and 3 yards in the first half.
MATT FOSTER, Southern Nash — Senior quarterback completed his only pass attempt — a 64-yard TD toss to sophomore Jackson Vick — while posting 58 yards on 15 rushes. Also had a two-point conversion run. With senior kicking specialist Evan Barnes out sick, stepped as punter, booting his only kick 35 yards.
IZAIAH WALKER-WARREN, Southern Nash — Senior picked off a pair of E.E. Smith passes and finished with five tackles, including four solo stops.
CAMERON THOMPSON, Southern Nash — Senior inside linebacker played one of his best games of the season, ringing up four solo tackles and two assists to go with a pass deflection.
TERRENCE RASPBERRY, Southern Nash — Senior defensive end recorded six tackles, four for loss, including a sack, while causing a fumble.
JACKSON VICK, Southern Nash — Sophomore scored three TDs, including a 55-yard gallop to close the scoring in the third quarter. Also ran 5 yards for Southern’s first TD and caught the 64-yarder from Foster for a score. Made six tackles on defense.
KEISHON PORTER, SouthWest Edgecombe — Dazzled as a wide receiver, a runner out of the shotgun formation and a kick returner in the Cougars’ 48-13 rout of East Bladen in the opening round of the 2-A playoffs Thursday night. The 6-foot-4, 180-pound senior caught four passes for 91 yards, rushed for 62 yards and a TD on four carries, and returned a kickoff 63 yards to set up a first-half TD.
DEMARI MABRY, SouthWest Edgecombe — Made the most of six rushes as he amassed 88 yards and zipped 10 and 57 yards for TDs.
CORTEZZ JONES. SouthWest Edgecombe — Again a load against, this time the East Bladen defense, with 84 yards and two TDs on nine rushes. Bulled 1 and 2 yards for his TDs.
TAYSHAUN PITTMAN, SouthWest Edgecombe — One of seven Cougars running backs to get carries, on four rushes, piled up 55 yards and scored a TD on an 18-yard jaunt in the opening minute of the fourth quarter.
HUNTER HOPKINS, SouthWest Edgecombe — Accurate on all six of his extra-point kick attempts. SouthWest scored seven touchdowns, but a mishandled snap resulted in Hopkins, a senior, not attempting the PAT after the third TD.
ALIJUAN MOORE, C.B. Aycock — In his final game for the Golden Falcons, senior caught six passes for 37 yards and made six tackles, including one for loss, in CBA’s 50-6 loss at Northside in Jacksonville in the first round of the 3-A playoffs Thursday.
CLAY MATTHEWS, C.B. Aycock — Junior quarterback completed 15-of-26 pass attempts for 116 yards. His 17-yard TD run in the second quarter accounted for the Falcons’ only points.
JALIL HUTCHERSON, Beddingfield — Senior running back led the way to victory over Bartlett Yancey on Friday, running for four touchdowns and a season-high 249 yards. Hutcherson’s longest of the night was 62 yards.
KEYDRIN PARKER, Beddingfield — Sophomore linebacker compiled four solo tackles in the Bruins win over Bartlett Yancey. His biggest contribution of the night came early in the fourth quarter, when he picked up a fumble and returned it 77 yards for a touchdown to stymie a deep drive and put away the Buccaneers.
RAEKWON BATTS, Beddingfield — Complimented Hutcherson in a limited capacity, rushing for 71 yards before exiting the game due to injury. Batts provided another, more-physical dimension to the running game that the Buccaneers had trouble handling all night.
WILLIAM WILDER, Beddingfield — Senior defensive back caught an interception near the end of the first half and added in two solo tackles and the Bruins’ defense held strong against a pass-heavy offense.