Aces defeat conference foe Bruins

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John A. Holmes High School traveled to Camden High School to capture their first Albemarle Athletic Conference win of the season on Friday with a 70-3 defeat of the Bruins.


By Miles Layton
Chowan Herald

Sunday, October 7, 2018

CAMDEN — Nothing could stop John A. Holmes’ juggernaut as it rolled through Camden High School’s best intentions on Friday for the Bruins’ Homecoming crowd.

Though the game ended 70-3, the game’s result was never in question – same as it was last season when these two teams met. During the first half, the Aces scored 48 points – a development that caused the clock to tick a little faster in the second half.

Edenton (5-1) will play at 7:30 p.m. on Friday – Homecoming – against Washington County (2-3).

Camden (0-7) travels to Manteo (3-4) for that game that starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Nearly two minutes into the first quarter against the Bruins, Aces’ Chace Kelly catches a 48-yard pass to score the game’s first touchdown around the 10 minute mark. Soon after Anna Bass fired first of many extra points over the goal post, the ball was back in play for the Bruins but not for long as the Aces were about to score their next touchdown. Edenton’s Josiah Boyce intercepted the ball and Keenan Downing ran it in for a touchdown. Bass scored the extra point to put the score at 14-0 with about seven minutes left to play in the first quarter.

Less than a minute later, a pass from Aces’ quarterback Kantreaz Coston to Zion Boston netted another touchdown. Bass’ extra point was blocked by Nysaun Bartlett, but no matter – she went onto score that extra point time and time again throughout the rest of the game.

With the score is 20-0, the Aces mojo was going strong.

Aces’ phenom running back Mitjonta Stanley carried the ball 59 yards to where it needed to go deep into Bruins territory so that Wes Privott was put in position to catch a 3-yard touchdown pass. Add Bass’ extra point and the score was 27-0.

Aces’ Zakeem Brooks, a member of the school’s state champion 4x200-meter relay team was able to put a touchdown on the board after recovering Bruins’ fumble and running 31-yards into the end zone. Around 20 seconds remain on the clock in the first quarter when Bass scores the extra point to send the Aces into halftime with a 34-0 lead.

Aces’ Nakevin Hill scores the second quarter’s first touchdown on a 55-yard run near the 7:31 mark. When Bass kicks home the extra point, the score is 41-0.

Worth noting, Brooks and Hill among other Aces’ athletes joined boys from White Oak Elementary on Friday for the Boys to Men Breakfast. Long before either of these two Aces’ scored their first touchdown, these two role models were confident of the game’s outcome. History proved them correct!

Back to the game as Bruins’ Bartlett catches a 36-yard pass that ultimately put the team within range of a 37-yard field goal made by Jared Creech.

Mere seconds after the Bruins score their only points to put the score at 41-3, Hill shows some of that speed that made him a track star last season as a member of the Aces’ 4x100-meter relay team. After that last field goal, the ink was barely dry from the sports writers and stats keepers’ pens when they see Hill sprinting 90 yards down field to score another touchdown. Add in Bass’ extra point and the score on the board – 48-3 — going into the second half.

Third quarter scarcely begins when Stanley scores a touchdown on a multi-yard drive and Bass kicks the extra point to put the score at 55-3 with 11 minutes remaining.

Aces’ freshman posted some solid results to the game tally.

Near the 4 minute mark, Aces’ Niquan Twine carries the ball on a 29-yard run to add another touchdown to the stat books followed by Bass’ extra point to put the score at 62-3.

Fourth quarter, freshman Tashiem Harris scores the final touchdown and then – BAM – a 2-point conversion completed by Privott to put the score at 70-3.

Aces are now 1-0 in the Albemarle Athletic Conference while next Friday’s opponent, Washington, is coming off a win 39-10 over Perquimans.

“We had a good time, everybody got to play,” Edenton coach Paul Hoggard said after the game. “We got to get back to work and go 2-0 in the conference next Friday. We got Washington County coming into the house. We got to get ready to go...Let’s stay disciplined. Let’s keep working hard. Let’s win the conference.”