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Warren County at Vance County

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

6:00 PM

Can Vance County High School end its first regular football season with back to back wins?  The Vipers have their chance on Saturday when they host the Eagles of Warren County.

The Vipers, now 3-7 (2-3 Northern Carolina Conference) narrowly escaped winless J. F. Webb 14-13 at Vance County’s first Homecoming game last Thursday night, and are fortunate to have the home field again for Saturday’s match-up, which was postponed from September 14.  The Eagles, 2-7 (1-4 NCC) will meet a more experienced and confident nest of Vipers on Saturday than the winless VC team they would have encountered 6 weeks ago, and Warren County has struggled since September 14, losing 5 in a row.

A win on Saturday might give the Vipers an outside chance at a playoff birth, and Warren’s defense is weak.  However, the two offenses are very similar, scoring an average of three touchdowns per game.  Crisp passing from Viper QB Samien Burwell, more catches from his receivers, and far fewer penalties should give Vance County that win, and a repeat of last week’s great running game from Devonte Evans wouldn’t hurt, either.

Catch all the live action of Vance County Friday Football on WIZS 100.1 FM / 1450 AM and online at www.wizs.com kicking off at 6:00 PM.

 

VIPERS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

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JF. Webb at Vance County

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Pregame: 6:45 PM

Gametime: 7:00 PM

Vance County High School will have home field advantage this week as the Warriors of J. F. Webb come calling. The Warriors have yet to win a game this season, and the Vipers may not get a better chance for a win than this Thursday night (moved up from Friday due to expected rain storms).

At 0-7 (0-4 Northern Carolina Conference), Webb averages 10 points per game and has allowed over 35 points.  Like Vance County, the Warriors they have hung in every game stubbornly, and have not been shut out this season. With just two games to go in the regular season, the Vipers’ scoring average has remained respectable at just under 23 points per game, and their most productive games were the 36-point win over Roanoke Rapids and 42 points in the thrilling 44-42 double-overtime loss to Bunn.

Like the Warriors, the Viper Defense has taken its lumps all season, allowing just under 34 points per game. Now 2-7 (1-3 NCC), VC can even their conference record with two well-balanced games this week and next. To do that, Viper QB Samien Burwell and his receivers will need to click together from the opening whistle.

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VIPERS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

VIPERS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

Vance County at Granville Central

Friday, October 19, 2018

Pregame: 6:45 PM

Game Time: 7:00 PM

Vance County High School returns to the road this Friday night as the Vipers take the short trip through Granville County to meet Granville Central. Granville Central is one of the two 1A members of the current Northern Carolina Conference (along with Louisburg), but the Panthers are not playing like a “little brother” in the conference.

Now undefeated at 5-0, and 3-0 in the NCC, they opened the season with back-to-back 35-0 shutouts of Bartlett Yancey (2A) and Kipp Pride (1A), and went on to defeat Roanoke Rapids, Warren County and J. F. Webb. Along the way, they had two nonconference games postponed (or maybe cancelled) because of hurricanes. These weather delays required Granville Central to play Bunn this past Monday, and the panthers kept their streak alive with a 22-21 win ! This makes a very full week for the Panthers, who are catching the Vipers on their way UP. Vance County has improved to 2-2 over their past four games, and came just two points short of collecting a win of their own over Bunn two weeks ago.

Catch all the live action of Vance County Friday Night Football tonight on WIZS 100.1 FM / 1450 AM and online at www.wizs.com.

VIPERS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

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North Lenoir at Vance County

Saturday, October 15th, 2018

Game Time: 1:00 PM

Southern Vance lost last year’s first-ever meeting with the Hawks in a 50-36 shootout, but N. Lenoir went on to a 5-6 record (2-4 in their conference) and missed the playoffs.  The Hawks’ 2017 offense, a lot like this year’s Vipers on paper, was not too bad,  averaging 25 points per game, and breaking 40 points in 4 of their 5 wins;  but their defense had a lot of holes in it, so when they lost they lost big, allowing an average of 34 points per game.

First-year coach Jim Collins inherited an improved program, elevated by his predecessor from records of 2-9 in both 2014 and 2015, to 6-6 in 2017, and 5-6 last year.  This year’s 50-man roster includes 16 seniors, so there should have been a core to build on.  But the Hawks were 0-3 as of September 7 this season, and they missed 3 games in a row because of the hurricane.  Returning to action against conference opponent Greene Central last week, the Hawks lost 42-26. Meeting a winless team at home who has similar challenges to their own, the Vipers have a clear opportunity to notch their second victory before entering their conference home stretch.

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VIPERS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

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Bunn at Vance County

Friday, October 5, 2018

7:00 PM kickoff; Airtime on WIZS 1450 AM / 100.1 FM and online at wizs.com will be at 6:45 PM

Vance County High School is back at home this Friday night against conference rival Bunn, the defending Northern Carolina Conference Runners-up.  Some Wildcats fans considered 2017 to be Bunn’s weakest season in a decade – but the ‘Cats finished 8-4 overall last year, after starting the season 1-2 under their first new coach in 35 years.

This year, Bunn has another first-year coach, and again started out 1-2, losing big to both Franklinton and Southern Nash for the second straight year.  Well, the Wildcats lost to the same two teams last season, and still ended up 8-4 and no. 2 in the league, along the way beating both Northern Vance and Southern Vance.  By this time last season, Bunn had beaten Warren County and J. F. Webb for a respectable 4-2 record.

They have done that again this year, but are just 3-2 due to weather cancellations/postponements.  The Wildcats offense put up over 500 rushing yards last week in their 57-27 thrashing of Warren County.

The Vipers offense, still averaging three touchdowns per game, should be able to score against Bunn, but the defense will have to play the run just as tough as they did at Roanoke Rapids to give VC a chance to win.

 

Vance County Schools Make Substantial Gains in 2017-2018

— courtesy of Vance County Schools

(The entirety of this post is also on the Vance County Schools web page – click here – and is published here with permission.)

Vance County Schools showed substantial improvements for the 2017-2018 school year based on accountability data released on September 5 by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, evidence of the accuracy of the district theme for the year, “Year of Breakthrough.”

The results were made public after the data was presented to the N.C. State Board of Education.

Superintendent Anthony Jackson noted, “It is with great celebration that we announce six Vance County Schools improved their School Performance Grade (SPG) by one letter grade in 2017-2018 and nine schools either met or exceeded student growth standards. The district has one “A” school, three “B” schools, six “C” schools and five “D” schools. We are beginning to see the results of our strategic focus on instruction, leadership, innovation and most importantly, children. The students in Vance County Schools are creative thinkers, have an innovative mindset and have a desire to chart their own course for their future.”

Those six schools improving by a letter grade were Pinkston Street Elementary, L.B. Yancey Elementary, Carver Elementary, E.M. Rollins Elementary, Henderson Middle School and Southern Vance High School.

The 2017-2018 results also show that the district’s grade level proficiency grew by 2.2 percent, continuing the steady trend to closing the gap in grade level proficiency between local students and students across North Carolina. Vance County Schools continues to search for innovations that will enhance opportunities and experiences for students.

The four-year cohort graduation rate for the district also improved to 82.1 percent in 2017-2018 from 81.9 percent in 2016-2017, with over $8 million in scholarships earned by students.

The outstanding student performances last year were the result of a lot of hard work by students, teachers, school support staff, administrators and parents. Academic improvements also occurred because of school administrators and support staff working with teachers to focus on specific areas in reading and math where students needed additional assistance to improve their skills. Classroom teachers used available data to follow the progress of students and provide extra instruction and interventions to help students improve and reach their goals.

For a third consecutive year, Vance County Early College High School earned a SPG of “A” and exceeded growth expectations. Based on the outstanding performance of students at the school, they earned an overall proficiency rating of 91 percent in end-of-course testing in Biology, English II and Math I. For the Biology and English II testing, Early College students were more than 94 percent proficient. The school’s overall proficiency rating was five points higher than in 2016-2017, another major milestone for the district.

Pinkston Street Elementary School led all elementary schools with a 17-point increase in its students’ proficiency in end-of-grade testing in reading and math in grades 3-5. The school’s overall proficiency in 2017-2018 was 74 percent, compared to 57 percent in 2016-2017. The outstanding results gave Pinkston Street a SPG of “B” and increase from the school’s “C” grade the previous year. Pinkston Street students also exceeded growth standards.

L.B. Yancey Elementary School also improved by a letter grade to a SPG of “B” last year. The school also exceeded growth for the year with a nine-point jump in its students’ proficiency on the end-of-grade assessment to 71 percent from 62 percent the previous year. Clarke Elementary School was the third “B” school in 2017-2018 with an overall proficiency rating of 72 percent, slightly higher than in 2016-2017, and its students met growth.

Carver Elementary School had an increase of 10 points in its students’ proficiency in reading and math as it exceeded growth standards and led local schools with a SPG of “C.” The improvements moved Carver up from a SPG of “D” in 2016-2017. Other “C” schools included: STEM Early High School with an overall proficiency of 68 percent; Aycock Elementary School with an overall proficiency rating of 67 percent; Dabney Elementary School with an overall proficiency of 61 percent, up by five points, and exceeding growth; Zeb Vance Elementary School with an overall proficiency of 61 percent and exceeding growth; and Southern Vance High School with an overall proficiency rating of 55, up by two points from the previous year.

STEAM Academy at E.M. Rollins Elementary School had a 13-point student proficiency increase in 2017-2018 from the previous year. Northern Vance High School, New Hope Elementary School, Henderson Middle School and E.O. Young, Jr. Elementary School had increases in some areas. The only “F” school was Eaton-Johnson Middle School.

AdVance Academy, the school system’s alternative high school, is not included in the state accountability report. However, AdVance Academy for the 2017-2018 school year had a very success year graduating 157 total students who otherwise would not have received their high school diplomas. The school’s program is considered to be a successful alternative program in our state’s public schools.

“Data is trending in a positive direction,” said Cindy Bennett, assistant superintendent for Strategic Planning and Student Services. “Continuing the laser focus on strategic planning, training, and instructional protocols will continue to enhance the overall student performance in Vance County Schools.”

“Our final performance results for the 2017-2018 school year derive from the intentional, focused hard work of administrators, teachers, students and parents,” added Dr. Trixie Brooks, assistant superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. “This past year was a ‘year of growth’ across the district. Many schools in the district exceeded the state’s expectations for growth! I feel great about our trajectory towards a ‘year of breakthrough’ with student performance this year. ‘A Year of Breakthrough’ is this year’s theme and we are on our way! We have revised our Instructional Framework to make sure we define what teaching and learning looks like in our classrooms. We are committed to our students and their academic, social and emotional needs. Congratulations to all schools for a fantastic ‘year of growth!’ I am Vance County Proud!”

VIPERS FALL TO RIVERSIDE IN DURHAM 33-6

VIPERS FALL TO RIVERSIDE IN DURHAM 33-6

After reaching the high point of their 2018 football season with a 36-6 victory over Roanoke Rapids last Monday, Vance County fell to a new low point just 4 days later.  The Vipers, who had scored at least three touchdowns in each of their first 5 games, were nearly shut out by 4A Riverside in Durham 33-6 on Friday night.

Even without their leading rusher, the Pirates’ running game proved too much for the Viper defense, which had some good stops – more than in their first four outings, but not nearly as many as they had against Roanoke Rapids.  Although still in the game at halftime, when Riverside led 14-0, the Viper passing game never really got off the ground, and the Pirate running game seemed to get stronger.

VC’s defense scored the sole Viper TD early in the third quarter on a fumble recovery and 50-yard scoring run by Noah Terry, narrowing the Pirate lead to 14-6, but Riverside dominated the rest of the game.  Vance County is now 1-5 overall and 1-1 in the Northern Carolina 2A, and they return to conference play at home against Bunn this coming Friday.

Next Broadcast of Vance County Friday Night Football will be this Friday (10-5-18) vs. Bunn Wildcats. Tune in right here at WIZS 100.1 FM / 1450 AM and streaming live anytime, anywhere at www.wizs.com.

VIPERS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

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Vance County at Durham Riverside

Friday, September 28

7:00 PM

Vance County High School is back on the road this Friday night in a non-conference matchup with Riverside in Durham. When former Northern Vance coach Cory Lea took over the Riverside program in 2017, the 4A Pirates had not had a winning season in three years, and Lea’s predecessor was just 12-22 in those three seasons.  The Pirates got off to a good start last year, but they limped along to a 4-7 finish, after winning only one conference game.  Riverside’s rebuilding process, both on offense and defense, is continuing this season.  The Pirates are 1-2 so far 2018, with a big 51-6 win over Warren County to start the season, followed by losses to Cardinal Gibbons (48-0) and to cross-county rival Northern Durham (26-19), and their fourth and fifth games were rained out.

Vance County is coming off a stunning victory just this past Monday night a 36-6 conference win over Roanoke Rapids in which the Vipers showed improvement on both sides of the ball.  It was their first win but it got them out of the winless column to 1-4 overall and 1-1 in the Northern Carolina Conference.  For what it’s worth, the momentum factor favors the Vipers on Friday.

Tune into Vance County Friday Night Footballs live coverage on WIZS 100.1 FM / 1450 AM and anytime, anywhere at www.wizs.com

Pregame: 6:45 PM

Gametime: 7:00 PM

Vipers Football Preview: Vance County @ Roanoke Rapids

VIPERS  FOOTBALL  PREVIEW

Vance County at Roanoke Rapids

Monday, September 24, 2018

6:45 PM – Pregame

7:00 PM – Game Time

Vance County High School faces the Yellow Jackets of Roanoke Rapids tonight (Monday 9/24/18). They will be traveling to the far eastern edge of the Northern Carolina Conference.  After four difficult weeks playing against teams who literally ran all over them, the Vipers had an unscheduled break last week when Hurricane Flo blew every team in Eastern North Carolina off their playing fields; but whether this will help or hurt VC remains to be seen.

The weather did not allow any extra practice, but rest could be helpful at this point, with one-third of the Vipers’ inaugural season in the books, and Vance up against another hard-running offense this week.

Roanoke Rapids has been on a roll the past 4 years, thanks to Head Coach Eric McDaniels, who took over in 2014 and immediately turned the program around, leading them to a conference championship and 3 state playoff games that first season, and rolling up a 4-year record of 37-14.  BUT, this season looks like the Jackets’ toughest one under Coach McDaniel.  Undefeated in their first 7 games last year, RR is already 2-2 this year, their worst start since 2013.

VIPERS FALL TO 0-3 AFTER LOSS TO BEDDINGFIELD

VIPERS FALL TO 0-3 AFTER LOSS TO BEDDINGFIELD

 

Vance County High School’s new football program has now, mercifully, finished their season-opening three-game road trip.  The Vipers limped home from Wilson Thursday Night after a lopsided 55-20 loss to the Beddingfield Bruins, a solid team with an impressive tradition of playoff appearances.

The Viper Offense, which improved over their first two games, came out strong, scoring the first touchdown of the game on their first possession, with Jr. Quarterback Samien Burwell connecting with Josh Joyner and William Hawkins Jr on a variety of passes that took VC to the Beddingfield 5 yard line. An 11 yard TD pass to Shaquan Allen capped the drive, and the 2-point conversion was good, giving the Vipers an 8-0 lead.  It only took Beddingfield 2 minutes to tie the game, though, then another 3½ minutes to take a 14-8 lead. They quickly extended the lead to 22-8 after a squib kickoff was mishandled by the Vipers.  Early in the 2nd quarter, Burwell scrambled for a second touchdown to keep his team within reach, but the Bruins led 42-14 at the half.

The Viper Defense had several good stops in the second half, forcing turnovers on down, but the offense never found its rhythm. Although Burwell did throw 1 interception, which makes his 6th interception of the season, in this game, his receivers repeatedly dropped balls that hit them in the hands or were within easy reach.  Finally, in an almost eerie similarity with the first two games this season, the Vipers, playing offense to the last, scored their third TD with under a minute left, when Burwell hit Josh Joyner with the final pass of the game.

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