Pitt County Rivalry

J.H. Rose Rampants @ D.H. Conley Vikings

Friday, October 20, 2017 7:00 PM

All of the animosity in the world couldn’t keep D.H. Conley and J.H. Rose from putting on a show for football fans last fall. But, before you start thinking everything is okay between the Vikings and the Rampants, take a step back and breathe. They still hate each other.

The offensive firepower displayed in last season’s ‘Pitt County Rivalry’ was not planned. It just happened. The Rampants outlasted D.H. Conley 77-67 in what was at the time a North Carolina state record for total points scored in a football game.

According to the Daily Reflector, quarterbacks Holton Ahlers (Conley) and Ryan Goodwin (Rose) threw for 868 yards collectively and Rampants running back E.J. Harris ran for 315 yards and six touchdowns on 25 carries. Two weeks later the Vikings bumped C.B. Aycock 83-68 to set the current mark of 151 points.

Although J.H. Rose still leads this venomous series 22-4, the Vikings are showing signs of a rebound. D.H. Conley has won three of the last seven football games in the ‘Crosstown Throwdown,’ outscoring their foe 295-261 in those games.

J.H. Rose won the first eight contests in this gridiron fisticuff. Following a 25-22 D.H. Conley triumph in 2001, the Rampants ran off another 10 straight wins. According to Carolinapreps.com, the Vikings and Rampants are 663-504-9 collectively, and scored nearly 27,000 points between them.

The Vikings and Rampants split games in 2013 and 2015, with J.H. Rose retaliating each time to win the playoff game. Having lost the last two Throwdowns, D.H. Conley is ready to flex its football muscle and get series win No. 5. J.H. Rose, on the other hand, has no plans of letting go of the championship belt the two teams play for as the Rampants make another postseason run.

Football fans will pack the house at D.H. Conley Stadium on Friday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. So come early, grab a seat and get your fill of the Crosstown Throwdown, North Carolina’s most savage of rivalries.

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J.H. Rose

J.H. Rose Rampants

Greenville, NC

J.H. Rose High School, home of the Rampants, is located about six miles to the northwest of Eastern Carolina Conference foe D.H. Conley. J.H. Rose opened its doors in 1957 and with an enrollment of 1,494 students will compete in Class 3A in 2017.

The Rampants won the first eight games of the Pitt County Rivalry, and then after falling to D.H. Conley 25-22 in 2001, took the next 10 contests to build an impressive 18-1 mark over their bitter rival. Today J.H. Rose still holds a commanding 22-4 advantage in wins and losses over the Vikings.

In last year’s record-setting 77-67 win, Ryan Goodwin threw for 361 yards and four touchdowns on 11 of 16 passing. Three of those scores went to receiver Caleb Edwards. E.J. Harris, meanwhile, churned out 315 yards on the ground.

David Wojtecki is 41-14 in four seasons at J.H. Rose, a school that is a mainstay in the North Carolina state football playoffs. According to CarolinaPreps.com, the Rampants claimed 4A state championships in 1975, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 and finished as runner-up in 2015. J.H. Rose also played for regional championships in 1997 and 2013. The Rampants are 448-220-5 since 1959 and 176-102 in conference play. J.H. Rose has outscored its opposition 17,325-11,086 during that time.

Simmonsratings.com’s power ratings maintain that the battle between D.H. Conley and the Rampants should be for the Eastern Carolina Conference championship this fall. The Rampants have scored in double figures 27 straight games and competed in 108 straight games without being shutout.

J.H. Rose will have a lot of history on its side when the Rampants travel to D.H. Conley this fall. But don’t count on the Rampants to rely on the past for their success. A championship belt is on the line now, one that the Rampants believe belongs on Coach Wojtecki’s desk.

For more information on the J.H. Rose football team, click here.

D.H. Conley

D.H. Conley Vikings

Greenville, NC

D.H. Conley High School, home of the Vikings, is located 85 miles east of Raleigh on Highway 264 in eastern North Carolina. D.H. Conley opened its doors in 1970 and with an enrollment of 1,628 students will compete in Class 3A this fall, North Carolina’s second largest classification.

The Vikings have taken three of the last five regular season rivalry games from J.H. Rose. In 2013 and 2015 D.H. Conley split with the Rampants, winning the regular season games but falling to J.H. Rose in the postseason both years. From 2012-16, the Vikings are 3-4 against J.H. Rose, outscoring their hated rival 295-261.

In last year’s 77-67 record-setting loss to the Rampants, Holton Ahlers threw for 507 yards and five touchdowns on 29 of 45 passing. Duce Fuller caught 15 balls for 254 yards and four scores. Ahlers also rushed for 90 yards and four touchdowns.

Nate Conner took over at D.H. Conley in the fall of 2015 and carried a 19-7 record into the 2017 football season, going 11-3 in his inaugural season and 8-4 a year ago. The Vikings averaged more than 48 points a game during Conner’s first two seasons. The Vikings are favored among many as the Eastern Carolina Conference favorites for 2017.

Having scored in double figures in 28 straight games, D.H. Conley is sitting near the top in North Carolina going into the 2017 football season. The Vikings have played 90 straight games without being shutout and are 2-2 in the postseason with Conner at the helm, including a run to the 4A quarterfinals in 2015.

Success has become more frequent for the Vikings when J.H. Rose pops up on the schedule. But not enough for anyone involved with Viking football, which has been to the playoffs every year since 2010. Coach Conner and the Vikings are gearing up for another huge season, and they believe it’s their turn to hold onto the championship belt.

For more information on the D.H. Conley football team, click here.