By Michael Held
Special to the Johnstonian News
Princeton volleyball picks up 2 big wins
It was a good week for the Princeton volleyball team as the Bulldogs picked up a pair of wins including a Carolina 1A Conference opening win at Union.
Against the Spartans, Kalli Jones and Sara Daughtry led the way with eight kills apiece to power the Bulldogs to the sweep. Caroline Norris had six aces and Meredith Wooten had 27 assists from the setter position.
Then, avenging an earlier 3-0 defeat at the hands of South Johnston, Princeton (3-2 overall, 1-0 conference) prevailed in a five-set classic, beating the Trojans 21-25, 25-15, 21-25, 25-19, 15-9.
Jones was on fire from the service line as the senior carved up South Johnston with a career-high 22 aces.
Harley Parker paced Princeton with 12 kills and Lily Eklund added seven kills while Caroline Daughtry and Madison Massey shouldered much of the defensive responsibilities in combing for 27 digs.
Meredith Wooten was masterful with a career-high 48 assists and 11 digs.
Princeton football remains unbeaten
The Princeton rushing attack was at it once again last Thursday night as the Bulldogs relied upon a heavy dose of the run game to take down visiting Farmville Central 36-13.
Lamar Wilkins provided the scoring punch in the first half with touchdown runs of 61 and 23 yards while Jayden Brooks came through in the second half with rushing scores from five and two yards out. John Lockamy’s 33-yard touchdown run in the first quarter came after Tyler Whitley recovered an onside kick and Princeton took the early 12-0 lead.
With the Jaguars threatening to cut into the Bulldogs 28-7 lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Princeton defense came up huge with a goal-line stand to force the turnover on downs and seal the game.
The Bulldogs have a bye this week before hosting Wake Christian Friday September 14th.
Smithfield-Selma can’t slow down Nash Central
Smithfield-Selma traveled to Rocky Mount to take on the defending Eastern Plains 2A Conference co-champions Nash Central and came away with a 48-7 loss to fall to 0-3 to start the football season.
For the second week in a row, however, the Spartans hung tough for two quarters of play and tied the game midway through the second quarter on a Deron George 90-yard punt return for touchdown.
The Bulldogs (2-1) added a pair of scores to take a 21-7 advantage by halftime and then blew the game wide open with three more touchdowns in the third quarter. Nash Central ran for 486 yards and five touchdowns on the night.
The Spartans forced three Nash Central turnovers including a Raekwon Barnes interception.
Smithfield-Selma will once again be on the road this Friday when the Spartans travel to take on Corinth Holders.
Spartans volleyball looking for first win
The Smithfield-Selma volleyball team is still looking for its first win of the season. Last week, the Spartans fell in two entirely different ways in dropping a five-setter against Rocky Mount before being swept at Neuse Charter 3-0.
Against the Gryphons, the Spartans took the second and fourth sets to extend the match to the fifth and deciding fifth. Unfortunately, it was all Gryphons from that point forward as Rocky Mount claimed the fifth set 15-3.
Two nights later Neuse Charter won 3-0 (25-16, 25-8, 25-9). Smithfield-Selma (0-6) hosts Beddingfield this Wednesday.
North Johnston football bounces back
The North Johnston football team had no problem putting week two’s loss against Rosewood behind it, even on a short week, as the Panthers rolled to a 42-8 win at Hobbton Thursday night.
The win improved North Johnston’s record to 2-1. The Panthers host North Brunswick this Friday night.