Eagles continue three-game homestand
Warren County hosts Roanoke Rapids tonight in the 2-A Northern Carolina Conference varsity football opener for both teams.
Warren County knocked off Louisburg last week in Warrenton and welcomes Franklinton next week before visiting Southern Vance Oct. 25.
Southern, Northern Vance and J.F. Webb each have away conference matches tonight.
The Raiders visit Bunn in Northern Carolina Conference action while Northern heads to Chapel Hill and Webb travels to Northwood in 3-A Big Eight Conference play.
Roanoke Rapids defeated Warren County 24-6 last season before dropping five of its next six games to end the season. It was the first time the Eagles had scored on the Yellow Jackets since 2008. Warren County had been outscored in the series by a combined 155-0 in the three games prior to last season’s meeting.
Eagles’ head coach John Ward said he expects to be without two starters tonight.
Southern will be without its speedy running back Qualik Shearin, who will miss tonight’s game with an injury.
Raiders’ head coach Lewis Young expects the game’s key to be how the Southern defense executes against Bunn’s offense, which is averaging just under 26 points per game against strong competition.
Northern hasn’t scored double-digit points since Week 3, but head coach Eric Watkins has praised his team’s positive attitude as the squad searches for its first win of the season against a Chapel Hill team that has had its own struggles.
The Vikings have a talented offensive backfield led by Tamaj Bullock and Devin Anderson. Watkins has said all season the performance of the offensive line dictates success for Northern. That will be no different tonight.
Webb’s opponent, Northwood, has one loss on the season, which came two weeks ago to unbeaten Orange.
Northwood hung 79 points on Cedar Ridge last week. Webb will look to pressure Charger quarterback Ti Pinnix, who is averaging more than 300 passing yards per game, in hopes of avoiding a similar outcome.
A steady dose of carries from Webb’s burly tailback Tobiah Lewis may prove to be the Warriors’ best defense as the visitors try to keep Northwood’s high-octane offense off the field.
Roanoke Rapids (2-4) at Warren County (4-2), 7:30 p.m.
Southern Vance (2-4) at Bunn (3-3), 7:30 p.m.
Northern Vance (0-6, 0-2) at Chapel Hill (2-4, 1-1), 7 p.m.
J.F. Webb (2-4, 0-2) at Northwood (5-1, 1-1), 7 p.m.
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