Hawks Face Road Test

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Triton coach Ben Penny felt good about his team’s practice in cooler conditions Wednesday as the Hawks prepared to travel to Fike (8-3) for a 7:30 kickoff tonight in the first round of the 3-A playoffs.

Triton (6-5) lost to Fike 34-31 at home on Sept. 22 despite a 170yard rushing effort by fullback De’Marius Staton.

Staton was sidlined by a knee injury in a 44-7 loss to Lee County on Oct. 27, but is improving physically. He ran for 39 yards and a score last week in a 53-7 win at Harnett Central.

The Hawks are seeking the fifth first-round win in program history. The last such triumph came in 2011 with a 42-13 win at home against Southern Nash.

“We’ve kind of challenged ourself about that,” Penny said.

The Hawks have shown some effectiveness in the passing game although the program has traditionally relied on its ground attack.

Christion Green is tied with 1980s Triton standout Jamie Mc-Neil for career catches with 41.

Green already has the single season school record with 27 receptions, surpassing Matthew Webb, who had 23 catches in 2013.

Penny was hoping Hawks fans will travel.

“We need a big, loud crowd,” said the Triton coach. “We need that energy.”

— Al Myatt

Triton fullback De’Marius Staton was regarded as about ‘75 percent’ by Hawks coach Ben Penny after Wednesday’s practice.

Daily Record Photo/Maggie Hobson

Triton principal Chip Mangum and football coach Ben Penny are shown with a framed award for winning the 2016 Richards Trophy, which represents the football championship of Harnett County.The display includes pictures of the trophy and the team.

Daily Record Photo/Al Myatt

Versatile Christion Green could further rewrite the Triton record book as the Hawks visit Fike for a 7:30 kickoff tonight.

Daily Record Photo/Maggie Hobson

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