Members of the Northwest Collegiate and Technical Academy football team gather ahead of Friday's 36-20 victory over Bear Grass Charter. The contest was the first for the school in nearly two years.

CROWELLS CROSSROADS — Northwest Collegiate and Technical Academy, idle on the gridiron since Nov. 8, 2019, showed little rust in its return to action on Friday, scoring three times in the opening 12 minutes en route to booking a 36-20 triumph over non-conference foe Bear Grass Charter.

In addition to returning the game’s opening kick for a touchdown, the Vikings took advantage of two early Bear fumbles, converting short-field real estate into paint-grabs that helped construct a 24-point halftime advantage.

Done and done, really, with all manner of haste.

From there, NCTA shadow-boxed with the Bears until the final minute, when victory formation took on a shade of azure — a welcome sight to all those in attendance. 


Originally scheduled to be played on the Hilltop in Littleton, NCTA officials were forced to relocate the dust-up to Southeast Collegiate Prep Academy after a Thursday storm compromised portions of the facilities at famed Johnnie Wills Stadium.

Per the Viking coaching staff, however, repairs should be complete in time for the team’s home-opener versus Rocky Mount Prep on Sept. 24.

Who’s got next …?

Northwest (1-0) travels next week to face Tar Roanoke 1A rival Weldon, while Bear Grass Charter (1-3) returns to Williamston for a showdown with Jones Senior High School.

Northwest Collegiate 36,

Bear Grass Charter 20

First Quarter

NC — 65 kick return (conversion good), 11:48

NC — 23 run (conversion good), 7:49

NC — 2 run (conversion good), 3:28

Second Quarter

NC — 15 touchdown pass (conversion failed), 7:35

BG — Bryce Carlisle 9 run (conversion failed), 4:43

Third Quarter

NC — 20 run (conversion failed), 5:05

Fourth Quarter

BG — Cayden Council 17 pass from Bryce Carlisle (Ty Price), 2:47

BG — Bryce Carlisle 41 pass from Brayden Taylor (conversion failed), 1:46


Trojans fall in road affair

PLYMOUTH — Southeast Collegiate Prep Academy endured its third consecutive loss on Friday, falling in 38-28 fashion to non-conference host Washington County. 

The Trojans (0-3) take up Tar Roanoke 1A play next week as the host of Warren County, while Washington County (1-2) entertains South Creek.