Currituck, Edenton stay unbeaten with wins, Pasquotank falls on road

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For the first time since 2005, the home team didn't win the Byrd Bowl, as Currituck won at Camden on Friday. 

In the other game pitting local teams against one another, Edenton shut out Perquimans, while Pasquotank lost on the road at Gates. 

Currituck 42, Camden 20

CAMDEN — A recovered onside kick to start the game set a physical tone to the Byrd Bowl matchup for Currituck, and Charles Nichols and River Gwaltney each had a pair of touchdowns in a 42-20 win over Camden on Friday.

The win was the second straight for the Knights against Coastal 10 opposition to start the season, as sophomore quarterback Ryan Edwards had another solid game, going 16-for-22 for 251 yards and three touchdowns, and scoring another on his own and running in a 2-point conversion.

Chris Stefenack scored his third touchdown in two games to open the scoring midway through the first quarter.

The two teams exchanged scoring in an intense second quarter, with Nichols and Gwaltney both on the receiving end of Edwards’ touchdown passes from 36 and 49 yards, respectively. In between, Marcus Joyner scored from two yards out to put Camden (1-1) on the board.

Gwaltney’s score for Currituck (2-0), and Edwards’ 2-point conversion, put the Knights up 21-7.

Edwards scored a touchdown of his own from a yard out in the third quarter, while Will Swinson’s 41-yard reception from Noah Tuttle gave the Bruins hope heading into the fourth quarter.

However, Camden had two drives stall in Currituck territory, and Nichols scored from 48 yards to make the score 35-14.

Tuttle had an eight yard score, but the Knights scored on their first play from scrimmage following the Bruins’ score, getting a 48-yard scoring strike to Gwaltney.

Camden travels to Northeastern next week, while Currituck hosts Gates.

Edenton 45, Perquimans 0

EDENTON — An explosive start sent the Aces on to their second victory in as many games as new head coach Jim Collins made a successful home debut.

Edenton (2-0) erupted for 27 points in the first quarter to seize control, then added three touchdowns on just three touches of the football in the second half as the Aces put the Pirates (0-2) to rout.

Edenton scored four touchdowns on plays longer than 50 yards despite getting only four offensive snaps in the second half because of a running clock.

Cordareous Pierce had TD runs of 94 and 58 yards and also scored from 18 yards out as he finished with 186 yards on just five carries.

Trey'L Beasley contributed a 78-yard scoring run and rushed for 113 yards on five carries, Devin Coston threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to Lavernon Randall and Nyreese Moore returned a punt 81 yards into the end zone.

Randall had the other Edenton score when he scooped up a Perquimans (0-2) fumble and returned it 16 yards.

The Aces go to Plymouth next week, while the Pirates host Pasquotank.

Gates 39, Pasquotank 14

GATESVILLE — Pasquotank lost for the 11th time in a row, and the second time in two games against Coastal 10 opposition to start the season, falling 39-14 on Friday.

Gates led 19-7 at halftime, and pulled away in the second half.

The loss drops the Panthers to 0-2 on the season, as they play next Friday at Perquimans. The Pirates started the Panthers’ current losing streak while breaking an (at-the-time) 18-game losing streak of their own.