High School Football | Currituck runs past First Flight, earns share of NCC title | w/Video
By Chris Bell
Sunday, November 10, 2019
KILL DEVIL HILLS — Utilizing an efficient offense and a stingy defense that forced four First Flight turnovers, Currituck defeated First Flight 41-0 on Friday night in Kill Devil Hills. With the win, the Knights secured a share of the Northeastern Coastal Conference title, Currituck’s first since 2013.
“It feels great to get this win,” Currituck coach Paul Bossi said. “I have told the guys that hard work pays off, and up until our win at Hertford County, we had never been able to get that big signature win. I am proud of the team for not having a letdown after that win and taking care of business over the past two weeks.”
Currituck (8-3, 4-1 NCC) scored touchdowns on all five of their offensive drives and was led by a strong rushing attack as junior Traveon Powell rushed 17 times, accumulating 118 yards. Senior quarterback Jayden Calloway continued his strong season rushing nine times for 82 yards and notching three touchdowns. Calloway also passed for a touchdown, finding Powell for the score in the second quarter.
First Flight (2-9, 2-3 NCC) started the evening with a promising drive before Currituck’s Collin Jennings forced a fumble.
Teammate Jacob Dawson recovered the fumble. Currituck took over on their own 46, and Calloway completed the 8-play, 54-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown scamper.
On the next Nighthawk drive, First Flight was only able to run two plays before Currituck’s Dawson recovered another fumble on a mishandled handoff by the Nighthawks in the backfield.
The Knights took over at the First Flight 10-yard line. After two Powell rushes, Calloway ran in for his second touchdown of the evening, this one from five yards out.
The third offensive drive for First Flight ended like the first two as the Nighthawks turned the ball over, this time off of a bad snap. Currituck’s Aiden Herring recovered the fumble on defense.
Currituck scored six plays later as Calloway and Powell connected on a 40-yard completion.
On the next offensive possession, it seemed as though First Flight was going to threaten as the Nighthawks drove the ball down to the Currituck 18-yard line. However, the issue of turnovers reared its head again as the Nighthawks fumbled again.
Once again, Dawson secured the fumble for the Knights.
The Currituck offense drove 66 yards over four plays as Calloway notched his third rushing touchdown of the half, this one from 31 yards out, to lead 27-0 heading into halftime.
In the second half, Currituck continued their scoring as Alex Dupree returned a First Flight punt 45 yards for a touchdown. Currituck’s sophomore quarterback Makegan Piorkowski saw action as well as he rushed for 26 yards and connected with senior Zak Harlow for a 10-yard touchdown pass to bring the final margin to 41-0.
With the win, Currituck will receive the conference championship seeding in the 2AA playoffs, having won the tiebreaker with Hertford County for that top playoff spot.