Vikings host Red Rams in home opener

Sep. 05, 2013 @ 11:43 PM

Northern Vance makes its home debut Friday against Franklinton. Each of Northern’s home games this season kick off at 7 p.m.

J.F. Webb (1-1) hosts South Granville (1-1) Friday while Warren County (1-0) entertains Harrells Christian (2-0). Those games kick off at 7:30 p.m.

Northern (0-2) head coach Eric Watkins said his Vikings are excited for their for first home game. The Red Rams are 2-0.

“I think they’re getting up for that,” said Watkins.

Northern has allowed 80 combined points in its first two contests. Turnovers have been a problem for the inexperienced Vikings, but Watkins doesn’t want to use youth as excuse any longer.

Northern should get a lift from the return of running back/defensive back Tyrrick Bullock as well as defensive back Trakey Evans. Bullock was out last week and Evans hasn’t played a game yet this season.

Webb head coach Tony Midgette, an Elizabeth City native, remembers his first South Granville experience when the Warriors received an escort to South Granville’s Stadium from a Granville County sheriff’s deputy.

“I saw right then this was going to be one of those games I’m glad to be a part of,” said Midgette. “Our players are very excited and I’m sure the people at South Granville are very excited. The people here in Oxford have been talking about it all week. You hear it around town. That’s the one everybody wants to win.”

Warren County’s John Ward wants to win against Harrells, but he knows the Eagles, who will be without at least a couple of their regulars, have their work cut out for them.

The Crusaders have outscored their opponents 75-6 in six quarters of play. Their first game against South Lenoir was suspended because of storms and not completed.

Ward said the Eagles entered practice this week with a positive mood after their season-opening win over Northern.

“The problem with that,” said Ward, “is you’ve got to be careful they don’t think they can win them all.”

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