Northern, Southern, Webb at home Friday night

Sep. 27, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

The Northern Vance, Southern Vance and J.F. Webb football teams each are home Friday while Warren County visits Weldon.

Northern and Webb open 3-A Big Eight Conference Play as the Vikings host Southern Durham and Webb welcomes Chapel Hill.

Southern is at home against 1-A Tar-Roanoke Conference opponent Louisburg.

Northern should have its hands full with a talented Southern Durham squad as the teams meet for the first time since 1996.

Vikings’ head coach Eric Watkins hopes a win against the Spartans can turn around the season.

“We just have to go out and execute our gameplan and stick with it,” said Watkins. “Don’t turn it over to a good team. Most good teams capitalize on turnovers. We definitely have to cut down on our mental mistakes.”

Webb has lost its last two meetings with Chapel Hill, which lost to Durham Riverside (3-2) and Carrboro (3-2) this season by four combined points.

Chapel Hill’s win came last week over 4-A rival East Chapel Hill and the Tigers and Warriors each have posted lopsided losses to South Granville (3-1).

On paper, the matchup between Southern and Louisburg seems even, but the Raiders have three consecutive wins over the Warriors and haven’t lost since 2003.

Southern head coach Lewis Young expects a big impact to be made for the Raiders by receiver DeAndre Jefferson and linebacker Marquis Crudup, who are returning from injury.

Warren County didn’t turn the ball over last week against Northwest Halifax and was efficient on offense, scoring six times in 39 plays.

Fullback Devonte Hargrove has been just as efficient. With fewer carries than most of the running backs, he leads the team with more than 300 rushing yards.

“He’s what I call a football player,” said Eagles’ head coach John Ward, “not just an athlete.”

Southern opens 2-A Northern Carolina Conference play Oct. 11 at Bunn and Warren County hosts Roanoke Rapids that night.

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