Football Friday – Congratulations SouthWest Edgecombe You Almost Made It To The Big One

SouthWest hold your heads up high you made a major accomplishment by taking the school to a level it has not been since the history of our school. I have followed our school since February of 1979 when when SouthWest was birthed. I even helped some of the teachers move from South Edgecombe to SouthWest because I got my 1st car in February after getting my license around December 28, 1978 since my birthday is on December 25. I have represented the Class of 1981 all of this time.

I am proud of the Class of 2016 because you will be able to talk about what a great season you had. You were one game away from going to the state something that no other SouthWest Edgecombe team can say. You played hard but fell short.

How I see the loss. We had many chances to seal the game but fell short. The game should have never gone into overtime but we just couldn’t make the big play Some will question why the coach made some choices that he did but I was happy to read in the Rocky Mount Telegram Cougars denied on two-point conversion, lose in overtime to Kinston that he gave the player the opportunity to have some input in what would be the last play of the game by going for the extra 2 points for the victory or the loss. Many fans standing down by the end zone say Pittman broke the plain however the refs said no. Well one must always keep in mind the refs can work for or against you so you have to play the game so that you beat your opponent and the refs also.

All I have to say is when it comes to the refs sometimes I see a need for cameras so that a play can be reviewed. I wish I had been at the goal line with my camera so that I could have actually seen if Pittman broke the plane because just hearing it from my side of the field may not be what really happened. Several said Pittman scored but the refs said no so since I couldn’t tell from the 50 yard line, I respect the refs call however it does not remove all doubt. But I recognize and understand that the refs have the final say.

So for all of the SouthWest fans and the many supporters from Tarboro High and other places who were there to support the SouthWest, we showed up in numbers. One would have thought we were the home side because we outnumbered the home team.

Cougars step up to physical challenge, beat East Bladen – Tarboro Telegram

PINETOPS – SouthWest Edgecombe will be physically smaller than almost every team it plays this season. But it was difficult to see that Friday night.

The Cougars (12-1) smothered East Bladen’s power running game all night and imposed their will on offense in a convincing 41-21 victory in the second round of the 2-A state playoffs.

“We talk about how we have to play bigger than we are, big hearts and with intention,” coach Jonathan Cobb said. “That’s how we are able to get that production out of that defense.”

East Bladen (10-3) struggled all night to consistently gain yardage against a stingy Cougars’ defense. Outside of a few longer runs early in the game, the Eagles were encased by a group of defenders close to the line of scrimmage. (Source: Read more)

Pinetops, NC: SouthWest Edgecombe Defeat Farmville Central In Playoff Game 1 Friday November 13, 2015

East Bladen will come to the Cougar Den for Playoff Game 2 on Friday November 20, 2015 7:30 PM

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North Carolina High School Football Playoffs Begin Friday November 13

Farmville Central Comes To Cougar Country

High schools from the east that were awarded two-seeds include Havelock in 3A, SouthWest Edgecombe in 2A, Tarboro in 1AA, and Southside in 1A.

Here’s a list of the noteworthy matchups in the first round. For the complete brackets, go to:

Every first round game will be played November 13 at 7:30 p.m.


(16) New Bern vs. (1) D.H. Conley

(12) Overhills vs. (5) J.H. Rose


(10) Jacksonville vs. (7) Gray’s Creek


(16) C.B. Aycock vs. (1) Eastern Alamance

(9) Southern Nash vs. (8) West Craven

(14) Walter M. Williams vs. (3) Rocky Mount

(11) South Johnston vs. (6) Eastern Wayne

(15) Eastern Guilford vs. (2) Havelock


(9) Northside-Jacksonville vs. (8) Washington

(12) South Granville vs. (5) Beddingfield

(11) Croatan vs. (6) Greene Central


(16) West Bladen vs. (1) Kinston

(9) Ayden-Grifton vs. (8) John A. Holmes

(15) Farmville Central vs. (2) SouthWest Edgecombe


(16) Spring Creek vs. (1) Wallace- Rose Hill

(13) Perquimans vs. (4) East Carteret

(14) Hobbton vs. (3) James Kenan

(11) Union vs. (6) Riverside-Martin

(15) Trask vs. (2) Tarboro


(16) Creswell vs. (1) Plymouth

(9) Columbia vs. (8) Kestrel Heights

(12) Jones Senior vs. (5) Manteo

(13) North Duplin vs. (4) South Creek

(11) North Edgecombe vs. (6) Pamlico County

(15) Southeast Halifax vs. (2) Southside

Congrats JV Coach Eric McKnight & Varsity Coach Jonathan Cobb SouthWest Edgecombe High School Football 2015 For A Heck Of A Year!

I am so proud of the SouthWest Edgecombe 2015-16 football JV and Varsity Programs.

I have missed 2 JV games and going to miss 1 varsity game on tonight.

I know what Coach Cobb and the varsity program are capable of however I am glad to see where Coach Eric McKnight JV team has had an outstanding year during his first year as head coach. I was shocked to learn that he was the head coach when I attended game one at the start of the season. I knew he was on the varsity coaching staff for a couple of years.

I am looking forward to the jv winning the conference title or possibly tying with another team. I am looking forward to seeing how he will do next year. It appears that whatever Coach McKnight and his coaching staff did this year worked.

I am also looking forward to the varsity winning the conference title or possibly tying with another team.

However no matter what the outcome next week I am proud of my high school as a member of the 1981 Graduation Class.

SouthWest JV 8-1 overall 4-0 conference will play Beddingfield 5-4 overall 3-0 conference for the last game of the season. JV teams do not have playoff games.

SouthWest Varsity 8-1 overall 2-1 conference travel to North Johnston High School 5-4 overall 1-2 conference on tonight. Like I said earlier I am going to miss this one.

Beddingfield varsity 5-4 overall 3-0 conference play host to Farmville Central 4-5 overall 1-2 conference on tonight. Beddingfield beat Washington 5-4 overall 2-1 conference last week and Washington beat us a couple of weeks ago. We beat Farmville last week and they lost to Washington a couple of weeks ago also.

Actually next week will be the deciding factor for the conference standings.

I ask the Class of 1981 to join me in celebrating our SouthWest JV and Varsity Football Programs on a job well done however next week will be the last game of the regular season and the conference titles will be decided at that time. If you are nearby or far, let’s go to Beddingfield on Thursday November 5 and support the JV on their last game and/or come out on Friday November 6 and let’s help celebrate Varsity Senior Night against Beddingfield. Varsity team will get to go to the playoffs anyway.

NC football star Quontellas Norwood returns just 36 days after being shot in a drive-by – USA Today

PINETOPS, N.C. – It was in the dark where the premonition came.

In the dark, under the pale light of the full moon in the wee hours of the morning of Aug. 30.

An uneasy hesitation set in Lashell Norwood as her 17-year-old son Quontellas, a football star at Southwest Edgecombe High in Pinetops, N.C., was about to back her Chrysler 300 out of the driveway, after dropping her, her daughter and her granddaughter off, and take his friend Antonio Dickens home.

She paused.

“Hurry back,” she said. “Be careful.”

He said he would. She knew he would. Quontellas was always careful.

But on this night in Rocky Mount, N.C., the neighboring city where he lives, careful wouldn’t be enough to stop the evil that lurked on Leggett Road. (Source: Read more)

Pinetops NC – Tarboro High Vikings Travel To SouthWest Edgecombe Cougars For Homecoming Showdown Monday September 28, 2015 7:00 PM

All roads lead to Pinetops on Monday evening for the showdown. Tarboro vs SouthWest Edgecombe Homecoming 2015.

You don’t want to miss this one. Tell a neighbor tell a friend it is going down!

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SWE vs Tarboro JV Game Wednesday September 23, 2015


Not a gang-banger, a good kid: SW Edgecombe athlete shot – WRAL

The Political Agitator’s response: I am still shocked. Quontellas is my son’s classmate and I look forward to supporting him and the guys during football and basketball season. Although I am the official videographer for the varsity basketball games, I also record the football games for myself because I can see what is going on on the field better looking at it through the camera.

Rocky Mount, N.C. — A multi-sport athlete from SouthWest Edgecombe High School was shot early Sunday while he was driving Rocky Mount.

According to police, Quontellas Norwood, 17, was driving in the 1300 block of Leggett Road at about 1:45 a.m when someone in a passing car fired shots into his vehicle.

Norwood crashed, got out and went to a nearby house for help. He told the homeowner there that he had just dropped a friend off at a home nearby when the shots rang out. (Source: Read more)

SouthWest Edgecombe Football Player Injured During A Gun Shot On Last Night

My son just told me that Quontellas Norwood had been shot last night. As always when I hear something I do some research. I visited Norwood’s page and I got a confirmation that it is true.

This is touching because I look forward to seeing my boys on the football field and basketball floor since I video the games.

I really don’t know Norwood’s condition however it was posted by someone on his page he was ok. I will take the trip to the hospital along with my son and a couple of more students.

Wishing Norwood a speedy recovery.


Pinetops NC – Football Friday: SouthWest Edgecombe Defeats North Edgecombe

SouthWest Edgecombe High School Cougars defeated Edenton John Holmes on last Friday night and defeated North Edgecombe tonight. The Varsity Cougars are 2 – 0.

The SouthWest Cougars JV lost to Edenton John Holmes on last week but defeated North Edgecombe tonight. The JV Cougars are 1 – 1.

Both the JV and Varsity teams are looking good this season.

Young men please stay focused on and off the field.

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Tarboro Win
Rocky Mount Lose