Northampton County running back Kwamie Pitt (7) sheds a tackle during an April 23 scrape with Bear Grass Charter. The junior scored three touchdowns on Friday to help the Jaguars register a 28-0 triumph over Warren County in second-round play of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A playoffs.

GASTON — Kwamie Pitt rushed for a trio of touchdowns on Friday as Northampton County, idle since Oct. 29, toppled Tar Roanoke 1A foe Warren County, 28-0, in second-round play of the N.C. High School Athletic Association postseason.

The No. 4-seed Jaguars now stand 9-2 this fall.

“It took us a while to wake up,” Northampton County head coach George Privott said of his team’s back-to-real-time effort. “We got a big play in the first half to get us going … but the score, I wasn’t pleased with it. Too many mistakes, missed blocks, penalties … we were just so sloppy.”

Just not lax enough, however, to cause a modest Jaguar convention any lasting heartburn.

No. 7 to the paint shop

When last these teams met, in Week 10 of the regular season, Pitt dashed the Eagles with splashy plays, finishing with 123 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns — a line he mimicked on Friday with scoring trots of 54, 25 and 60 yards.

“One thing, he does not duck anybody,” Privott said of the bruising junior, who should earn TRAC Player of the Year honors when ballots are finalized in the coming weeks. “When he gets the ball in his hand, he’s putting his head down and not gonna avoid anybody … he can turn it on and outrun’em as well.”

In total, call it another stellar performance for No. 7, who now has 21 total touchdowns this fall.

No more magic

WC entered the postseason as a No. 20-seed, only to properly rattle the 1A East last week with a 32-22 icing of No. 13-seed Pamlico County, in which it allowed the Hurricanes a paltry 59 rushing yards.

And while the troupe couldn’t muster the same line-of-scrimmage prowess on Friday, head coach Victor Hunt was hardly crestfallen.

“I’m proud as heck of this group,” Hunt said of the bunch. “All the adversity we faced this year, with injuries, and COVID … we’ve had two COVID situations where we had to quarantine in four weeks, so, not a lot of practice — but for them to finish the way they finished, proud as heck of these guys.”

Who’s got next …?

Northampton County will host Rosewood (6-2) in next week’s third round, while Warren County wrapped its 2021 campaign with a 4-7 mark.

Northampton County 28,

Warren County 0

First Quarter

N — Kwamie Pitt 54 run (Anthony Harding), 4:46

Third Quarter

N — Anthony Harding 4 run (conversion failed), 8:56

Fourth Quarter

N — Kwamie Pitt 25 run (Sin’cere Dickens), 10:05

N — Kwamie Pitt 60 run (conversion failed), 2:02


Bulldogs top Jackets in one for the ages

ST. PAULS — Kemarion Baldwin ran for 447 yards and six touchdowns on Friday to help St. Pauls survive Roanoke Rapids, 44-36, in overtime.

The Bulldogs are now 10-0 this season.

Roanoke Rapids, which traded body blows all evening with last spring’s N.C. High School Athletic Association 2AA runner-up, got stellar play from Jon Temple, Austin Geary, Wayne Wilkins and Matthew MacNichol, only to have the thriller go final when its possession failed to yield a score in OT.

St. Pauls, the 2A East Region’s No. 5-seed, will travel to face Whiteville in next week’s third round.

Roanoke Rapids finished the 2021 fall slate with a 7-5 mark.

Hawks deal Pride

CHOCOWINITY — Southside taxed KIPP Pride, 50-0, on Friday in second-round play of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A playoffs.

The Seahawks (11-1) will rumble with powerful Northside-Pinetown (10-1) next week, while the Royal Blues finished their campaign with a 6-4 record.