LEGGETT – North Edgecombe High School football team celebrated the school’s homecoming with a 14-12 win over Gaston Kipp Pride. Both teams’ scoring came in the first half of the game.
The Warriors marched down the field in the first quarter with workhorse Antoine Pittman leading the way. With two minutes left in the first quarter, North’s quarterback Clifton Dickens handed off to Quantravis Harris for the 1-yard touchdown. Pittman scampered in with the two point conversion to give the Warriors an 8-0 lead.
Dickens hooked up with Pittman early in the second quarter to get the ball to the Panther’s 3-yard line. Kipp Pride’s Kardarius Goode stopped Pittman on the drive. But on the play Dickens handed off to Darius Phillips who scampered in for the touchdown. The two point conversion failed and the Warriors held a 14-0 lead over Kipp Pride.
“We still have to work harder next week,” Warrior coach Keith Parrisher said. “Pittman played hard again tonight and we were able to get Jacoby Bullock and Cory Hunter into the mix of things.”
Penalties played the Warriors with a delay of game at the 5:34 mark which backed them up giving Kipp Pride a chance. Panther quarterback MJ Moody hit Markee Weaver who sliced through the Warrior defense like a greased pig. Another Warrior penalty put the Panthers closer to the goal line.Moody handed off to KaDrius Goode who bounced into the endzone with 46 ticks left on the clock. The two point conversion pass from Moody to Kris Vincent sailed to the left.
Clinging to a 14-6 lead, the Warriors center inadvertently stepped on the quarterback Dickens foot causing a fumble. Kipp Pride’s Goode picked up the fumble and waltzed into the endzone. Again the two point conversion failed for the Panthers to end the half 14-12.
Parrisher said he did see some improvement on both the offensive and defensive side.
“They stood up to the challenge tonight,” Parisher said. “Our weakness is losing focus. We watch the formation of the other team and see it two or three times but can’t seem to recognize the formations.”
As the fog rolled in across the field, neither team could connect for a score throughout the second half of the game. With 7:34 left in the third quarter, the Warriors pulled off a 39- yard run by Pittman only to have it called back on a flag, waiving off the score.
Kipp Pride attempted a comeback of their own holding onto the pigskin for more than five minutes late in the fourth quarter. Warrior Trashaun Whitaker stopped the Panther march with an interception with 5:07 remaining.
The Warriors’ head coach Parisher will be having gall bladder surgery next week. The team prayed for its coach prior to leaving the field.
The Warriors have two games left. They take on Weldon this week and will end the regular season with a road trip to Gates County for the last time.
“The conference is going to get a shakeup next year,” Parisher added. “Tarboro will be joining our conference and Gates County will be out.”