Warriors, Eagles host football games Friday
J.F. Webb and Warren County each are at home Friday while Northern Vance and Southern Vance are on the road.
Webb hosts 3-A Big Eight Conference foe Cardinal Gibbons for homecoming and Warren County welcomes Louisburg in a non-conference tilt.
Northern visits highly-touted Orange and Southern is at Greensboro Smith of the 4-A All-Metro Conference.
The Warriors face a Gibbons team that has three consecutive wins and opened league play last week with a 56-28 win over Cedar Ridge.
“Homecoming has always been a big deal since I’ve been here,” said Webb head coach Tony Midgette. “I’m expecting a good crowd and a good atmosphere. We want our student body to come out and I know they will.”
It’s that time of year for players to be banged up and Warren County and Southern each are battling the injury bug.
Warren County head coach John Ward is impressed with Louisburg, which beat the Raiders last week behind running back Antonio Smith’s 163 yards and three touchdowns.
“It’s a matter of that’s why you have a team,” Ward said of unavailable players. “Somebody else has to step up. You have to create depth when you have little of it.”
Southern turns it focus from Louisburg’s wing offense to Smith’s spread.
“We have to watch our turnovers,” said Raiders’ head coach Lewis Young. “As far as defense, we just have to step up. Last game, we didn’t give our defense a chance to rest.”
Northern has been outscored 225-78 this season and the Vikings have perhaps their toughest challenge of the season yet, visiting unbeaten Orange.
Head coach Eric Watkins said the Vikings approach every game the same way.
“I haven’t heard them say we can’t beat somebody,” Watkins said of his team. “They go in games to fight. They take every week the same. They don’t look past anybody whether they’re weak or strong. They’re motivated every week.”
Northern Vance (0-5) at Orange (5-0), 7 p.m.
Southern Vance (2-3) at Greensboro Smith (2-3), 7:30 p.m.
Cardinal Gibbons (4-1) at J.F. Webb (2-3), 7 p.m.
Louisburg (3-2) at Warren County (3-2), 7:30 p.m.
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