Eagles, Raiders battle for position in league standings
Something has to give in the 2-A Northern Carolina Conference.
Southern Vance is in a four-way tie with South Granville, Bunn and Franklinton atop the league standings, followed by Warren County and winless Roanoke Rapids.
Southern hosts Roanoke Rapids Friday for Senior Night while Warren County visits South Granville. That leaves Bunn against Franklinton in the other league matchup.
J.F. Webb is at home in 3-A Big Eight Conference action and Northern Vance is at Cedar Ridge.
Thundershowers are a possibility, so Friday’s games, if played as scheduled, may be done so in sloppy conditions. Check The Dispatch website for news on any delays or cancellations.
Southern head coach Lewis Young said his team is fired up for its last regular season home game. The Raiders have posted two consecutive home wins, over South Granville and Warren County.
Qualik Shearin is a big reason why. The shifty Southern running back, who ran for 110 yards in the win over the Eagles, is nearing 100 percent following his return from injury.
“He’s getting back close to 100 percent,” said Young. “He can be really dangerous when he gets back healthy.”
Warren County head coach John Ward wishes his team could get back healthy. The Eagles played without two starting members of their offensive backfield against Southern. Devonte Hargrove, a fullback, and Chris Privett, a running back and linebacker, aren’t likely to play tonight either.
Ward said Warren County must do a better job of protecting the football after turning the ball over three times against the Raiders, snapping a several game stretch with good ball security.
Northern has had difficulty all season hanging on to the football.
The Vikings are trying to avoid their 20th consecutive loss tonight at Cedar Ridge, which has two wins combined in the last two seasons.
“I just think it’s going to go to which team wants it the most,” said Northern head coach Eric Watkins.
The other area Senior Night is in Oxford, where Webb welcomes an athletic bunch of Spartans from conference co-leader Southern Durham.
Tony Midgette has asked his seniors to make sacrifices for the good of the program with the Warriors not likely to earn a state playoff berth. They may not be able to finish their careers in the postseason, but those seniors can create momentum for next season.
“I’m just asking the kids to compete,” said Midgette.
AREA SCHEDULE (Friday, Nov. 1)
Roanoke Rapids (2-7, 0-3) at Southern Vance (4-5, 2-1), 7:30 p.m.
Warren County (5-4, 1-2) at South Granville (7-2, 2-1), 7:30 p.m.
Northern Vance (0-9, 0-5) at Cedar Ridge (1-8. 1-4), 7 p.m.
Southern Durham (7-2, 5-0) at J.F. Webb (2-7, 0-5), 7 p.m.