Coach’s Corner 12/06/19

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Vance Co. HS Well-Represented in 3A’s ‘Big-Eight’ Conference Standings

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-Information courtesy the NCHSAA

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has released the ‘Big-Eight’ All-Conference standings for 2019, and Vance County High School shines with two ‘player of the year’ honorees.

In football, Viper quarterback Samein Burwell was named ‘Offensive Player of the Year,’ while Emani Foster was awarded the coveted ‘Player of the Year’ title in volleyball.

The ‘Big-Eight’ 3A Conference includes VCHS, Southern Durham High School, Northwood High School, Northern Durham High School, Orange High School, East Chapel Hill High School, Cedar Ridge High School and Chapel Hill High School.

The list of VCHS student-athletes that made all-conference and honorable mention status in football, volleyball and soccer includes:

2019 ‘BIG-EIGHT’ 3A FOOTBALL 

Samein Burwell – ‘Offensive Player of the Year’

ALL-CONFERENCE:

Samein Burwell, Noah Terry, Phadol Jordan, TaQuan Lyons, Davonte Evans, Daunta Wimbush, Kemarreus Jones and William Hawkins IV

HONORABLE MENTION:

Demarius Harris, Jy’Kavious Judkins and Malik Williams

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2019 ‘BIG-EIGHT’ 3A VOLLEYBALL

Emani Foster – ‘Player of the Year’

ALL-CONFERENCE:

Emani Foster

HONORABLE MENTION:

Kyra Mitchell and Kynnedy Keel

SPORTSMANSHIP:

Vance County High School

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2019 ‘BIG-EIGHT’ 3A MEN’S SOCCER

ALL-CONFERENCE:

Jesus Zuniga

HONORABLE MENTION:

Diego Vasquez and Miguel Garcia

Duke Football Ends Season With Win Against Miami

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— story and pictures by Patrick Magoon (patrickmagoon.com) of WIZS — Patrick Magoon is a recent UNC-C communications graduate looking to build his sports portfolio by writing and taking photos for WIZS

In a sloppy, mistake-filled fight between two teams recovering from disappointing loses, Duke overcame its offensive woes in crunch time to defeat the Miami Hurricanes and finish their season with a not-so-great-but-optimistic-for-the-future record of 5-7 (3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Duke Blue Devils quarterback Quentin Harris finished his college career on a high note, leading two fourth-quarter touchdown drives and ending an unpleasant five-game losing streak.

A dominant nine-sack defensive performance led by defensive end Chris Rumph II, who recorded a team-high 3.5 sacks, allowed just two touchdowns through four quarters of football.

Here are game grades from Saturday’s win:

Offensive line: C-

Duke’s offensive line crumbled under pressure multiple times, which allowed Miami’s defense to rack up six sacks and 10 TFL.

Quarterback: C+

Although Quentin Harris put on an impressive show in the fourth quarter, we cannot ignore his poor execution on several passing plays in the first half. Numerous passes sailed over the head of the intended receiver and Duke’s offensive unit often appeared disoriented from pre-snap motions. Harris completed just 10-of-24 passes for 156 yards and rushed for 49 yards and a touchdown.

Wide receivers: B-

The wide receiver group led by Jalon Calhoun combined for 156 yards and averaged 15.6 yards per reception. Despite some clear instances of miscommunication between Harris and his receivers, the group made some big plays in dreary weather.

Running backs: B

A relentless rushing attack in tough conditions resulted in a pair of touchdowns, which helped the Blue Devils seal the win. Duke outran Miami 131-98 with help from Mataeo Durant, who executed an impressive 42-yard run through traffic.

Defensive line/linebackers: B+

Duke’s stout defensive line and talented group of linebackers demonstrated superior situation awareness by constantly changing their stances to better contain Miami’s ground game. With strength and good communication, Duke’s front seven prevented the Hurricanes from reaching triple-digit rushing totals. After giving up an average of 42 points per game each of the last three weeks, a refreshed Blue Devils showed out to give fans hope for better seasons to come.

Cornerbacks: B+

Members of the secondary looked solid in man coverage, batting down six passes and forcing opposing receivers out of position. With their help, the Blue Devils gave up just one passing touchdown.

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Charlotte 49ers End Losing Streak With Win Against North Texas

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— story and pictures by Patrick Magoon (patrickmagoon.com) of WIZS — Patrick Magoon is a recent UNC-C communications graduate looking to build his sports portfolio by writing and taking photos for WIZS

On a warm, cloudy Saturday afternoon at Richardson Stadium in Charlotte, NC, the Charlotte 49ers stunned the visiting North Texas football team with an exciting bounce-back win. Despite reaching the end zone just once in the first half, the 49ers managed to seal a one-point win in crunch time. Here is how it went down.

North Texas got off to a hot start, moving the ball efficiently through the air. Quarterback Mason Fine threw back-to-back touchdown passes – one for 40 yards, and another went for 64 yards. In both cases, North Texas marched down the field in less than a minute-and-a-half.

Charlotte, in the first quarter, could not match North Texas’ dynamic passing attack, so they focused on moving the ball swiftly, through the ground game. Unfortunately, their success was insignificant. At the start of the second quarter, Charlotte had zero points and was down two scores.

Looking for answers, the 49ers relied heavily on the strength and quick feet of star running back Benny Lemay, who controlled the pace of Charlotte’s offensive unit. In total, he ran 30 times for 155 yards, which helped him reach the end zone twice.

Charlotte’s first scoring drive necessitated 13 plays and took just under six minutes off the game clock. Of those 13 plays, eight of them were handoffs to Lemay. Once Charlotte got within five yards of the goal line, Lemay exited the game briefly to catch his breath and Ishod Finger plowed his way into the end zone. However, upon further review, the call was overturned. Lemay came back out and finished the drive with a 1-yard rushing touchdown.

After the half, a renovated Charlotte offense took the field. Quarterback Chris Reynolds read the defense well and slung with football with accuracy. Several big plays including a 52-yard touchdown pass and a 29-yard Reynolds rushing touchdown shrunk North Texas’ lead to just one score.

When North Texas missed a field goal at the top of the fourth quarter, the 49ers found themselves in an excellent position to make a late push for the win. Charlotte, in the fourth quarter, outscored North Texas, 18-3, which secured the memorable victory.

Charlotte’s latest victory ended a four-game losing streak and claimed the college’s first win in C-USA (1-3 overall).

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Tri-City Seahawks to Hold Games, First Homecoming Event

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-Information courtesy Tara Goolsby, Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Facilities Supervisor, Aycock Recreation Center

 

Bring your friends and family out to enjoy some great football games hosted by your Tri-City Seahawks on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at Vance County Middle School, 293 Warrenton Road in Henderson.

Game times: 8U – 4 p.m.; 10U – 6 p.m.; 12U – 8 p.m.

Cost is $5 for adults; $2 for school-age children. Kids under age 6 are free.

There will be a tribute to breast cancer survivors, a halftime performance by the Vance County High School Showtime Marching Machine, vendors, concessions and Tri-City Seahawks merchandise available for purchase.

T-shirts in sizes small – 3XL will be available for $10.

For more information, please contact Darius Pitt at (252) 438-3408 or [email protected]