Braxton Hammack rushed for 249 yards and made four trips to the end zone on Friday as Halifax Academy registered a 76-30 victory over Colonial Carolina Conference guest Bethel Christian Academy.
The Vikings now stand 4-1 overall this season, and 3-0 in league affairs.
Caleb Slaughter also factored prominently in the waltz, reaching the paint twice and helping the hosts to a 52-22 halftime advantage.
Wade Jenkins rounded out the Viking conquest with a pair of touchdown grabs, in addition to Cole Anderson, whose 85-yard punt return in the second quarter prompted bedlam from the Homecoming crowd.
Quarterback Zach Elder finished the contest by completing 7 of 9 passes for 113 yards and three scores.
Defensively, Big Blue was helmed by Gaston Surry and Slaughter, who finished with six tackles apiece, and Avery Johnson, who rang up his first sack of the season.
Surry also recovered a Bethel fumble, as did senior Braden Joyner.
Who’s got next …?
Halifax returns to work next week at talented Wayne Christian Academy, while Bethel (4-2, 3-2 CCC) entertains Community Christian of Wilson.
Jaguars blank Vikings
GASTON — Northampton County scored 58 points — yes, 58 — in the first half on Friday before cruising to a 66-0 victory over Tar Roanoke 1A guest Northwest Collegiate.
The Jaguars, now 5-2 overall this season and 4-0 in league matters, travel to Pleasant Hill Road next week for a showdown with KIPP Pride, while Northwest (2-3, 1-3 Tar Roanoke) treks to North Edgecombe.
Eagles secure road triumph
LASKER — Wayne Christian stormed Northampton County on Friday, picking up a 36-8 victory over Colonial Carolina Conference host Northeast Academy.
The Eagles, now 4-3 overall this season and 3-0 in league play, entertain Halifax Academy next week to decide the league’s regular-season championship.
Northeast (0-3, 0-3 CCC) also returns to the office on Friday at home versus Pungo Christian Academy.
Chargers roll on the road
ROCKY MOUNT — The wide-open offense of first-year head coach Steven Brickell functioned with precision on Friday, as Weldon sprinted to a 48-0 victory over Tar Roanoke 1A host Rocky Mount Prep.
The Chargers, who didn’t begin the 2021 regular season until Sept. 17, are now 3-1 overall and in league play ahead of next week’s junket to Southeast Collegiate.
Rocky Mount Prep (0-4, 0-3 Tar Roanoke) is idle until Oct. 22, when it plays host to North Edgecombe.
Pass-happy Vikings earn W
KINSTON — Freshman Mason Burr completed 9 of 12 passes for 290 yards and five touchdowns on Thursday to help Halifax Academy spurn Bethel Christian Academy, 46-26, in a matchup of Colonial Carolina Conference installations.
Landon Peoples paced the Vikings with three touchdown grabs, while 8th-grader Luke Cournoyer finished with two catches for 150 yards and a pair of scores.
Cournoyer also worked diligently on the defensive side of the ball, recording a team-high 13 tackles to go with two interceptions.
William Hudomint chipped in nine tackles, while Aidan Hardee and Burr booked seven apiece.
Halifax (2-1) returns to the office next week at home versus Wayne Christian, while Bethel (2-3) welcomes Hobgood Charter.