Home games at Southern, Northern, Webb
Southern Vance is riding high following its 22-14 football upset of South Granville last week while Warren County was denied its first six-win season since 2005 in a 34-30 loss to Franklinton.
Southern looks for its 14th consecutive win over Warren County Friday at Raider Stadium while Northern Vance hosts Northwood for homecoming and Webb welcomes unbeaten Orange.
Southern head coach Lewis Young wants his team to stay focused after snapping South Granville’s six-game winning streak.
“The guys are confident,” said Young. “The main thing we’re trying to make sure of now is that they’re not overconfident.”
Warren County head coach John Ward is trying to make sure his team focuses on one play at a time and learns that a single play alone didn’t cost the team against the Red Rams.
“Mostly what I’m hoping is that our players learned that each and every play counts equally and they have to play just as hard on the next play as the one before,” said Ward.
Southern quarterback Ty-Traveon Roberts is a gametime decision and Ward is expecting to be short a few of his running backs.
The Eagles lost last week after Franklinton converted a short pass with 19 seconds to play.
“We’re going to have to play at our best,” said Ward. “And unlike last week, hope we catch one more break than they do.”
Northern head coach Eric Watkins has been coaching up his defensive backs this week in preparation for defending Northwood’s fun-and-gun style offense that is second only to Southern Durham in points scored.
Northwood, which lost to Southern Durham 56-54 last week, averages about 30 more points per game than Northern.
A positive for the Vikings’ offense has been the play of the offensive line in front of running backs Tamaj Bullock and Devin Anderson, who have around 1,000 yards rushing combined with three games left on the schedule.
Webb tailback Tobiah Lewis has around 1,000 on his own. He’ll lead the Warriors against Orange, ranked seventh in the latest Associated Press 3-A state high school football poll.
Webb starting quarterback Beau Smith left last week’s loss to Cedar Ridge after suffering an injury in the first half. Smith’s status for tonight’s game is unclear.
Following the 24-17 loss, Webb head coach Tony Midgette was confident that backup signal caller Michael Phillips would be more than capable of running the offense if called upon, as he was in the second half against the Red Wolves.
Webb has dropped four straight 3-A Big Eight Conference games after starting the season 2-2 overall.