Shields: Aces, Eagles look like state title contenders

JAHHS Edenton Aces vs Richmond Disciples, 2017-08-25
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John A. Holmes defensive back Quamari Williams (left) makes a tackle against Richmond-Virginia Disciples, Friday.


By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Monday, August 28, 2017

Week 2 of the high school football season is complete. It's still early in the season and most teams are still trying to establish themselves, while some have shown that they are not only the best in the area, but possibly the best in the state in their respective classification.

Here are my observations on Week 2:

- Not a good week in picks: After a strong start to the season by picking five out of the six games correct in Week 1 — what was I thinking picking First Flight over John A. Holmes — Week 2 wasn't as good as I went 2-3 in selections.

I got Edenton beating Central Virginia Disciples and Pasquotank beating Northwest Halifax correct.

I struck out on Camden beating Currituck, Perquimans topping South Creek and Norview (Va.) outlasting Northeastern.

I rightfully got some playful teasing from the Northeastern faithful after the game.

Before the game, as soon as I saw the size difference between NHS and Norview, especially at the skill positions, I figured it was going to be a good night for the Eagles in Norfolk.

- Solid bounce back performances by Currituck, Pasquotank: The Knights did not look good in their Week 1 loss at Manteo.

Currituck made up for that performance against Camden in the Byrd Bowl on Friday night to retain the Byrd Bowl trophy.

The Panthers got a needed win against Northwest Halifax on Friday.

Pasquotank was roughed up in Week 1 against a solid SouthWest Edgecombe club at home.

With their starting quarterback going down in the contest against Northwest Halifax, it will be interesting to see how the Panthers respond moving foward.

- Bailey on a roll: Edenton running back Keimon Bailey secured his second consecutive 200-plus yard rushing performance of the season in Week 2. The senior running back is on pace for another 2,000-plus yard season.

- Aces and Eagles look good: Entering the season, there was little doubt that John A. Holmes and Northeastern would be the top teams in the area.

Two games into the season, both have looked the part.

Even with an injury to starting quarterback Kentreaz Coston, the Edenton run-option offense has been productive as the Aces have scored more than 40 points in two games.


Equally as good has been the Aces’ defense. Edenton has given up 24 points in two games.


Northeastern has had similar success offensively with a pair of 40-plus point wins in two weeks against teams with Football Bowl Subdivision or Division I talent in D.H. Conley and Norview.

Their matchup on Sept. 22 in Elizabeth City is shaping up to be a good one.

John A. Holmes (Class 1A) and Northeastern (Class 2A) are looking like — depending on if they are slotted in the AA or A state playoff bracket in their respective classification — they will be playing deep into November and possibly December.