Find My Team >>

Log in to High School OT with one click using your favorite social network:
OR
Log in using your High School OT account:



Wrong email/password combination.

Forgot password?

Register with High School OT using your favorite social network:
OR
Register for a High School OT account using our web form.
Log In
Register

Zach Mayo

A beast stirs in Wilson County

Published: 2013-10-28 19:25:00
Updated: 2013-10-29 09:46:49


Oct 29, 2013

Nash Central vs. Hunt (Oct. 21, 2011)

Hunts WR Dexter Wright # 14 on the tackle.Hunt defeats Nash Central 23-21 at Hunt High School Stadium in Wilson North Carolina.

Halloween is approaching as October is nearly over and we head into week eleven of this high school football season. In just a few days, kids will be putting on their best Frankenstein masks and scaring each other through a neighborhood near you.

In the spirit of the season, it's only right that I bring up one of the spookiest forces you may encounter during this fright-filled week: The Hunt Warriors. 

Each year, Hunt is typically a mainstay atop area high school football polls and discussion thanks to excellent coaching, plenty of talent and one of the most electric game-night atmospheres in all of the area. But through the majority of the 2013 season, the Mighty Mojo has been relatively quiet.

This is all starting to change, as the Hunt Warriors (6-3, 3-0) are getting hot at the right time and looking like a team capable of winning the Big East 3A Conference. 

There is a reason the team has not drawn much hype through the first ten weeks of this season. A non-conference schedule with long travel times and distant teams did little to help the Warriors with area exposure. It didn't help things when the team started 1-2 with losses to Hertford County (5-4) and New Hanover (6-3). 

One of the most recognizable and feared forces of Wilson County was all but written off by many a few weeks later after a 15-13 loss to rival Beddingfield. Suddenly it appeared the team was greatly missing longtime head coach Randy Raper, who departed the program for Northern Nash during the offseason.

Fast-forward a few weeks, and that same Hunt team is now 3-0 since that loss to Beddingfield, posting an undefeated record in the Big East Conference after first taking down Raper and that Northern Nash team in a close 14-7 contest.

Follow up the nail-biter with two inexplicably important wins against Rocky Mount (6-3) and Southern Nash (7-2), and suddenly the Warriors are staring down Fike with a share of the conference lead and two games left to play.

If you get as excited as I do about late-season blockbusters with heavy playoff implications, you will know that if Hunt defeats winless Nash Central this Friday and Fike gets past Northern Nash (both likely outcomes), then a final, November 8 showdown is set up between Hunt and Fike in a winner-take-all duel for the Big East Conference championship. You can't ask for better dramatics than that.

But how good is this beast beginning to awaken in Wilson County, and does it have any hope of stopping undefeated Fike in a series finale? In this three-game conference win streak, the Warriors have scored 28.33 points per game, including a 48-point performance against the Rocky Mount Gryphons who had previously not given up more than 22 points in any game this season.

The Hunt offense is no joke. If you follow the team, you're already very aware of senior Dexter Wright, the 6-foot-2, 205 pound player recruited as a safety and outside linebacker by North Carolina State. But this season, Coach Steve Hinnant saw a roll that needed to be filled after departed Hunt superstar Josh Joyner graduated last year, and stuck Wright in at the running back spot. Smart move, coach.

After rushing for 100 yards and two touchdowns in the close Northern Nash victory, Wright exploded to double his numbers against Rocky Mount, rushing for 200 yards and four touchdowns a week later. A heavy workload with lots of carries means Wright and the Warriors have put a gigantic emphasis on the ground game. Sophomore Darius Barnes has also rushed for more than 500 yards on the year, and all the work running between the tackles means little vertical passing attack. In eight games this season, Warrior quarterbacks have completed less than 40 combined pass attempts.

It doesn't take a genius to predict Hunt's gameplan going into the Fike game: Run the ball, run it some more and then run it again. While defenses have keyed on the Warrior run game for weeks, few have had any luck in stopping it. You can expect Hunt to gain yards on the ground and put up points, making the defense the more interesting aspect of the team heading into the last two weeks of the regular season.

Fike has not scored less than 33 points this season, averaging a whopping 37.7. They command time of possession and force tough defenses to play them head-on. Will the Warrior defense be able to stop such a powerful offense? This will be the key to the game.

But we won't get too far ahead of ourselves here. Anything can happen in high school football and the two schools will be focused on their upcoming matchups before scampering to gameplan for each other in the season's final week. But if you're into history, you may be more likely to go ahead and jump on the Mojo bandwagon now, as Hunt as won its conference three of the last four years.

Football fans tend to have short memories, and it can't be forgotten that Hunt has history, tradition and (judging by its last few performances) plenty of talent on its side. All these factors combined with a shot at an undefeated conference record? That's a Halloween thought even more terrifying than Frankenstein. 

Follow Zach Mayo on Twitter at @ZachMayoHSOT

Back to Zach Mayo
COMMENTS

2 Comments



page 1
sort order: oldest first | newest first

Mad respect to you Zack for laying some ink on the "Big Bad Big East"!!!! You have brought some respect back to this sports site.
gscruser
October 31, 2013 11:49 a.m.
• Report abuse

MOJO nation thanks you for the story.
jsh27896
October 28, 2013 11:18 p.m.
• Report abuse

page 1
sort order: oldest first | newest first

This blog post is closed for comments.

HighSchoolOT Forums
More HighSchoolOT Forums
  1. Chris__Edwards: Vin has an iPhone… #whoknew RT @VinScullyTweet: It begins... Vin Scully's 66th season. Photo via @JonSooHoo http://t.co/ZtEk34Ovxj
      — Friday, March 27, 2015 9:22 PM
  2. NickStevensHSOT: It NC State doesn't stop settling for jump shots they're not going to win this game. #analysis
      — Friday, March 27, 2015 8:00 PM
  3. NickStevensHSOT: About time for some basketball...
      — Friday, March 27, 2015 7:15 PM
  4. Chris__Edwards: Weird day…
      — Friday, March 27, 2015 4:22 PM
  5. Chris__Edwards: WOAH! RT @owenobx: Edenton has hired Richmond Co football coach Paul Hoggard for its head job. #nencsports
      — Friday, March 27, 2015 3:31 PM
  6. JamesAlverson: Only 2 #ACCBASE series with no ESPN 3 coverage this weekend, NCSU/Pitt and BC/Duke not on ESPN platform this weekend.
      — Friday, March 27, 2015 2:42 PM
  7. JamesAlverson: RT @dennisglasgow: New column from our @ACCBaseball Insider @johnmanuelba http://t.co/nbh2AHvCP8 #999thefan
      — Friday, March 27, 2015 2:26 PM
  8. JamesAlverson: Now still in the fourth @Duke_BASE manager Pollard gets tossed after a called third strike signal on strike two ... Wow.
      — Friday, March 27, 2015 2:22 PM
  9. JamesAlverson: .@BCBirdBall .@Duke_BASE can someone tell me who this guy behind the plate is? Just want to know to buckle up if I'm at a game he calls soon
      — Friday, March 27, 2015 2:17 PM
  10. JamesAlverson: Craptastic ump job in this @Duke_BASE @BCBirdBall game 4th. Listening to @Chris__Edwards call it for http://t.co/UiUApmnIKD umps are lost
      — Friday, March 27, 2015 2:15 PM
  11. JamesAlverson: Most intriguing #ACCBASE series on weekend outside Miami/UNC is definitely Louisville against Georgia Tech. Top-4 Offenses, Top-3 pitching
      — Friday, March 27, 2015 2:00 PM
  12. JamesAlverson: Duke BC only #ACCBASE series underway so far, 1-0 BC after 2.5 GT/Louisville get started at 4 as will NCSU/Pitt after a 1-hr delay announced
      — Friday, March 27, 2015 1:49 PM
  13. JamesAlverson: RT @NCStateBaseball: Tarp coming off, #Pack9 vs. @PITTBASEBALL on target for delayed 4 PM start. http://t.co/vK2Q9Opww8
      — Friday, March 27, 2015 1:47 PM
  14. Chris__Edwards: RT @Duke_BASE: Today's #Duke starting lineup! Listen live on http://t.co/gpSK5ktwIj #goduke https://t.co/pNpJflyccA
      — Friday, March 27, 2015 12:54 PM
  15. Chris__Edwards: WE ARE ON THE AIR WITH @Duke_BASE join us now on http://t.co/Ucc0kWcO4p
      — Friday, March 27, 2015 12:45 PM
  16. Chris__Edwards: Cloudy day for baseball in Delaware! See you at 12:45 on http://t.co/Ucc0kWupsZ for @Duke_BASE vs. Boston College http://t.co/j9l3anpWIj
      — Friday, March 27, 2015 11:45 AM
  17. Chris__Edwards: Good morning from soggy Delaware! @Duke_BASE will take on Boston College this afternoon & coverage begins at 12:45 on http://t.co/Ucc0kWupsZ
      — Friday, March 27, 2015 9:38 AM
  18. JamesAlverson: RT @CBSSports: A ray of light for West Virginia fans. This was the ACTUAL score at halftime of the Tune Squad/Monstars classic.
      — Thursday, March 26, 2015 11:08 PM
  19. JamesAlverson: RT @CBSSportsCBB: http://t.co/zsrIWt7w9P
      — Thursday, March 26, 2015 10:52 PM
  20. JamesAlverson: Hey, WV almost has as many points as minutes played. That's good right?
      — Thursday, March 26, 2015 10:22 PM
  21. HighSchoolOT: RT @NickStevensHSOT: I spoke with Cincinnati's Gary Clark — a Clayton grad — about his freshman season & #MarchMadness experience today. St…
      — Thursday, March 26, 2015 2:45 PM
  22. HighSchoolOT: Eastern Wayne's Williams to take over at Corinth Holders http://t.co/QEl96vXh94
      — Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12:14 PM
  23. HighSchoolOT: ICYMI yesterday: Leesville Road has hired a new football coach & he's excited to get started: http://t.co/KLxpdb4S42 #HSOT
      — Wednesday, March 25, 2015 11:28 AM
  24. HighSchoolOT: #HSOTInvite fans, say a prayer for @BCHanks (our media coord) & his wife, Tina. They're 2 great people: http://t.co/Vb1IH03tLO
      — Wednesday, March 25, 2015 10:58 AM
  25. HighSchoolOT: ALERT: Corinth Holders hires Eastern Wayne's Bubba Williams as next head football coach http://t.co/MJHvv4iVz7
      — Wednesday, March 25, 2015 10:50 AM
  26. HighSchoolOT: RT @NickStevensHSOT: Corinth Holders has hired Guy "Bubba" Williams as its next head football coach. He was the head coach at Eastern Wayne.
      — Wednesday, March 25, 2015 10:31 AM
  27. HighSchoolOT: Extra Effort: Charley Cox, Princeton (March 24, 2015) http://t.co/rjlZxnCPah
      — Tuesday, March 24, 2015 8:15 PM
  28. HighSchoolOT: Passion, high expectations led Leesville Road to new football coach http://t.co/G0tkKr7jj3
      — Tuesday, March 24, 2015 6:49 PM
  29. HighSchoolOT: National High School Invitational schedule altered due to weather http://t.co/DwS9ylVsCH
      — Tuesday, March 24, 2015 6:49 PM
  30. HighSchoolOT: Garner's Jack Elliott takes NCHSAA Performance of the Week award http://t.co/mYJ5M59PCu
      — Tuesday, March 24, 2015 6:49 PM
  31. HighSchoolOT: RT @NickStevensHSOT: I spoke to Brad Wilson today, here's the story with quotes from him: http://t.co/HlBxrj6rz5
      — Tuesday, March 24, 2015 5:47 PM
  32. HighSchoolOT: STORY: Leesville Road selects Brad Wilson as next football coach: http://t.co/KLxpdbmtsC #HSOT http://t.co/vsAxBK3qz0
      — Tuesday, March 24, 2015 5:46 PM
  33. HighSchoolOT: ALERT: Leesville Road hires Brad Wilson of Westminster High School (MD) as next head football coach http://t.co/ViiszWTUBX
      — Tuesday, March 24, 2015 5:45 PM
  34. HighSchoolOT: RT @NickStevensHSOT: Leesville Road has hired Westminster (MD) football coach Brad Wilson as its next head football coach. #HSOT
      — Tuesday, March 24, 2015 5:44 PM
  35. HighSchoolOT: Heritage downs Apex in Wake County Invitational, 11-1 http://t.co/AyiQz2eCZQ
      — Saturday, March 21, 2015 1:54 AM
  36. HighSchoolOT: Broughton wins Keith Hills championship, Smalley top individual http://t.co/3cEDNpiiOk
      — Saturday, March 21, 2015 1:54 AM
  37. HighSchoolOT: Fuquay-Varina outscores East Wake, 16-12 http://t.co/O5W94EaWp3
      — Saturday, March 21, 2015 1:54 AM
  38. HighSchoolOT: RT @NickStevensHSOT: Baseball: Fuquay-Varina 16, East Wake 12 - Final
      — Friday, March 20, 2015 7:07 PM
  39. HighSchoolOT: RT @NickStevensHSOT: We will have a story & slideshow from today's Keith Hills HS Kickoff Classic tonight on @HighSchoolOT.
      — Friday, March 20, 2015 6:36 PM
  40. HighSchoolOT: RT @NickStevensHSOT: Keith Hills team scores (top 5): Broughton - 308 Leesville - 312 Panther Ck - 320 Green Hope - 327 Wake Forest - 332
      — Friday, March 20, 2015 6:36 PM