Three area football teams on road

Sep. 04, 2014 @ 06:32 PM

Three area teams are away Friday while Southern Vance returns to action next week at Northern Vance.

The Vikings visit Franklinton, J.F. Webb travels to county rival South Granville and Warren County faces Harrells Christian Academy.

NORTHERN VANCE (0-2) at FRANKLINTON (2-0)

Northern faces a Franklinton team that has started the season with wins over Goldsboro and Louisburg.

The Vikings were outscored 40-7 in the second half of a 48-15 defeat at home last week to Warren County.

“The kids have to want it,” said Northern head coach Eric Watkins. “I told them we played an OK first half. In the second half, we can’t allow a letdown. It’s like the air went out of us in the second half.”

Neither Warren County or Northern’s Week 1 opponent, Ravenscroft, strayed from an almost exclusive rushing attack.

Watkins expects Franklinton to challenge his team’s secondary.

“I still say this team is much improved,” Watkins said of Northern, “but we haven’t hit that button yet.”

J.F. WEBB (1-1) at SOUTH GRANVILLE (0-2)

South Granville has claimed the last three meetings in this rivalry series by a combined 126-29 including a 42-0 shutout of the Warriors last season in Oxford.

The Vikings have been outscored a combined 58-6 this season in losses to Rocky Mount and Chapel Hill.

Webb started the season with a win over Granville Central before a 51-7 loss last week to Rocky Mount.

WARREN COUNTY (1-0) at HARRELLS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (2-0)

Warren County was powered last week against Northern by a dominant running attack led by Dyami Wortham’s 203 yards and four touchdowns.

Harrells, located in Duplin and Sampson counties, has wins over South Lenoir and East Montgomery.

Harrells lost to Davidson Day in the N.C. Independent School Athletic Association Division II final last season and topped the Eagles 26-14 in Warrenton.
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