When it comes to football, most people focus on the positions of quarterback, running back and wide receiver on offense. The success or failure on offense, most of the time, depends on the play of the offensive line.

The Northeastern offensive line of Amir Payton-Kimble, Marqua Veale, Jamison Fletcher, Wade Staten and Jordan Griffin has helped the Eagles return to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2A state championship game today at Wake Forest University’s BB&T Field.

The offensive line will face a Reidsville defense that has not given up many points this season. Fletcher, listed at 6-foot, 190 pounds, is new to the line this season at center.

“I’m very privileged to start on offense as a sophomore,” he said. “I know that I’m not the biggest offensive lineman, but I can go out there and get it done. I’m excited for the game and I’m ready to get out there and block some people.” He added that using his strength and technique is important from him. Fletcher said that he is blessed to go back to another state championship game. “No Northeastern team as ever done that before,” he said. “I’m very happy.”

Veale, listed at 5-foot-11, 270 pounds, is one of two guards that immediately flank Fletcher on the offensive line.

He said that he has lived in the moment this season. Veale, a senior, acknowledge that he takes joy in seeing his teammates on offense have success because of the work he and the other linemen have done.

“It makes me feel like I did my job,” Veale said. Veale said the team has been working since February in the offseason and wants to win the championship. Payton-Kimble, a senior, is a tackle. He acknowledged that his season has had its ups and downs as the unit started out slow.

“It got better throughout the season,” he said. He added the three consecutive losses in the regular season to John A. Holmes, Havelock and Hertford County helped and humbled them. Kimble acknowledged the unit having good chemistry.

Along with manning the tackle position on the offensive line, Kimble, listed at 6-foot, 265 pounds is a standout wrestler at Northeastern. Last winter, Kimble won the Northeastern Coastal Conference individual championship in the heavyweight division and qualified to the NCHSAA 2A East Regional individual tournament with a 25-6 record.

The skills he has learned in wrestling has helped Kimble on the football field. “It helps me with my stance,” he said. “I’m able to stay low.” He said that he is looking forward to winning the championship today and seeing Elizabeth City come together. Staten, a senior guard, is another veteran on the line and said this year’s group works hard.

“We’re undersized, but the people that we have, it’s amazing what we have accomplished this season,” he said.

The Northeastern offense has generated over 35 rushing touchdowns along with over 15 passing touchdowns this season. Staten, listed at 5-foot-11, 230 pounds, said Northeastern’s come-from-behind road win against Virginia’s Indian River High School early in the season was an important victory to him.

“The o-line, we grinded it out,” he said. What also made the win special for Staten was the fact that Indian River had a good defensive line that featured a Football Bowl Subdivision (Division I) prospect.

“That’s when I knew we could do good things,” Staten said. Griffin, a senior tackle listed at 6-foot, 250 pounds, expects to go out in the state championship game and do his job. Griffin acknowledged that he has improved mentally and physically as a lineman.

He noted the importance of improving on details of playing on the offensive line. The game plan for the offensive line against Reidsville from Griffin’s perspective is simple. “Grind it out,” he said. “Stop the defense from going through.”

When it comes to football, most people focus on the positions of quarterback, running back and wide receiver on offense.

The success or failure on offense, most of the time, depends on the play of the offensive line.

The Northeastern offensive line of Amir Payton-Kimble, Marqua Veale, Jamison Fletcher, Wade Staten and Jordan Griffin has helped the Eagles return to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2A state championship game today at Wake Forest University’s BB&T Field.

The offensive line will face a Reidsville defense that has not given up many points this season.

Fletcher, listed at 6-foot, 190 pounds, is new to the line this season at center.

“I’m very privileged to start on offense as a sophomore,” he said. “I know that I’m not the biggest offensive lineman, but I can go out there and get it done. I’m excited for the game and I’m ready to get out there and block some people.”

He added that using his strength and technique is important from him.

Fletcher said that he is blessed to go back to another state championship game.

“No Northeastern team as ever done that before,” he said. “I’m very happy.”

Veale, listed at 5-foot-11, 270 pounds, is one of two guards that immediately flank Fletcher on the offensive line.

He said that he has lived in the moment this season.

Veale, a senior, acknowledge that he takes joy in seeing his teammates on offense have success because of the work he and the other linemen have done.

“It makes me feel like I did my job,” Veale said.

Veale said the team has been working since February in the offseason and wants to win the championship.

Payton-Kimble, a senior, is a tackle. He acknowledged that his season has had its ups and downs as the unit started out slow.

“It got better throughout the season,” he said.

He added the three consecutive losses in the regular season to John A. Holmes, Havelock and Hertford County helped and humbled them.

Kimble acknowledged the unit having good chemistry. Along with manning the tackle position on the offensive line, Kimble, listed at 6-foot, 265 pounds is a standout wrestler at Northeastern.

Last winter, Kimble won the Northeastern Coastal Conference individual championship in the heavyweight division and qualified to the NCHSAA 2A East Regional individual tournament with a 25-6 record.

The skills he has learned in wrestling has helped Kimble on the football field.

“It helps me with my stance,” he said. “I’m able to stay low.”

He said that he is looking forward to winning the championship today and seeing Elizabeth City come together.

Staten, a senior guard, is another veteran on the line and said this year’s group works hard.

“We’re undersized, but the people that we have, it’s amazing what we have accomplished this season,” he said.

The Northeastern offense has generated over 35 rushing touchdowns along with over 15 passing touchdowns this season.

Staten, listed at 5-foot-11, 230 pounds, said Northeastern’s come-from-behind road win against Virginia’s Indian River High School early in the season was an important victory to him.

“The o-line, we grinded it out,” he said.

What also made the win special for Staten was the fact that Indian River had a good defensive line that featured a Football Bowl Subdivision (Division I) prospect.

“That’s when I knew we could do good things,” Staten said.

Griffin, a senior tackle listed at 6-foot, 250 pounds, expects to go out in the state championship game and do his job.

Griffin acknowledged that he has improved mentally and physically as a lineman. He noted the importance of improving on details of playing on the offensive line. The game plan for the offensive line against Reidsville from Griffin’s perspective is simple.

“Grind it out,” he said. “Stop the defense from going through.”