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Vikings knock out Knights, advance to third round

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CREEDMOOR Turnovers proved costly for the Currituck County Knights Friday’s second-round loss to South Granville. The Vikings were able to hold off the hard-charging Knights and advance to the third round of the 2AA playoffs with a 20-13 win.

Currituck County put six on the board in the first quarter and South Granville answered with a touchdown in the second quarter by Malichi Flowers. The extra point was blocked, giving Currituck a 7-6 lead at the half.

Micah Wilkerson put South Granville ahead with a 52-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter. The extra point was no good, but the Vikings had a 12-7 lead.

The Knights answered with Jayden Calloway breaking away for a big gain and on third-and-5 to go at the 19-yard line, Calloway rolled in for a touchdown. Henry Daniel blocked the extra point, but Currituck County had a 13-12 lead over the Vikings.

Currituck tried the onside kick but the Vikings were ready and recovered the ball at the 45-yard line. Two plays later Robert Simpson intercepted a Khawan Bobbitt pass at the 26-yard line.

The Knights marched down the field and had the goal line in sight. Currituck fumbled at the 2-yard line and the ball bounced into the end zone. Daniel recovered the ball and the Vikings would start their next drive from the 20-yard line.

Currituck head coach Paul Bossi said that play was definitely the turning point in the game for his team.

“We had the ball at the 2-yard line and we gave it right back to them and they scored. We had that opportunity and could not score,” Bossi said. “They are a good team, we thought we might be able to come in here and push them around a little bit, but we didn’t. They are a well-coached team.”

Bobbitt later broke free for a long gain and Wilkerson scored for the Vikings. Wilkerson gave South Granville a 20-13 lead with the two-point conversion.

Currituck gave the ball right back to South Granville on the kick return. The ball popped loose and the Vikings recovered at the 28-yard line. South Granville moved the ball but came up short on a fourth-and 9.

Currituck got the ball back and dropped back to pass. Nick White picked off the pass with 2:23 left in the game. The Vikings then picked up a first down as the clock continued to run. Time eventually ran out on the Currituck County Knights in the 20-13 second-round loss.

Head coach Mike Hobgood spoke to his players about perseverance after the game.

“Both team had untimely turnovers in the game, but were able to take advantage of those turnovers and that made a difference,” he said.

Currituck County finishes the season with a 9-4 record. South Granville advances to the third round of the 2AA playoffs for only the third time in school history and will face Randleman on Friday. Randleman defeated East Duplin 29-20 in the second round and has a 12-0 record.

South Granville is now 10-3 on the season.

Statistics: Passing — Khawan Bobbitt (one interception). Rushing — Khawan Bobbitt (11 carries for 88 yards), Malichi Flowers (three carries for 52 yards, TD), Ethen Josselin (two carries for seven yards), Bryson McCall (one carry for one yard), Micah Wilkerson (20 carries for 174 yards, 2 TDs) and Jaydon Crabtree (one carry for seven yards).