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Currituck 28 First Flight 6
By Malcolm Shields
Sunday, November 4, 2018
BARCO — The Currituck football team defeated rival First Flight 28-6 Friday night at Currituck County High School.
The contest was senior night and a Northeastern Coastal Conference matchup.
For the Knights (7-3, 3-2 NCC) the win was the first over First Flight (4-6, 1-4 NCC) since a 30-12 result during the 2015 season.
That contest was a non-conference game.
The last win in a conference game against the Nighthawks was a 40-20 result in 2014.
“This was probably one of our best games of the year,” Currituck interim coach Paul Bossi said. “They really played hard from start to finish. Very few mistakes in the game. We didn't play perfect, but we played our best game of the year.”
The Knights set the tone offensively at the line of scrimmage as all four touchdowns scored in the game was via the running game.
“They were making holes all night long,” Bossi said of the offensive line. “We were able to control the line of scrimmage the whole night.”
Currituck took a 7-0 lead on a touchdown run by Josh Aubuchon.
The Knights capped an over 80-yard drive in the second quarter on a touchdown run by Traveon Powell to take a 14-0 lead at halftime.
First Flight's McCoy Davenport scored on a 1-yard run to cut the deficit to 14-6 late in the third.
Powell scored his second touchdown from 27-yards away early in the fourth to increase the Currituck lead to 21-6.
The Knights closed out the game following the fumble recovery on a Pierce Nelson 8-yard touchdown run midway in the fourth.
The Currituck defense had another strong game as the Knights forced multiple turnover on downs, had an interception by Alex Dupree and recovered a fumble.
The Knights added a familiar face to the team as running back, linebacker and defensive lineman Albert Harris played against the Nighthawks.
Harris began the season playing for Bishop Sullivan Catholic in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Harris, now a senior, previously played at Currituck and was an all-conference performer in 2017.
Bossi said Friday's game was Harris’ first game back with the Knights.
“He's ready to play,” Bossi said.
Currituck closes the regular season next week at home against John A. Holmes.
The Knights have positioned themselves to earn a state playoff berth, which will be the program's first since the 2013 season.