HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Union Pines Visiting Hawks, SJ Hosts WJ, Midway Home
By AL MYATT
Five area teams have homecoming games tonight.
Midway (3-5) may be the most ambitious as the Raiders entertain East Duplin. The Panthers are 8-0 with a 14-12 win over Wallace- Rose Hill, which downed Midway, 53-7.
Overhills has a more traditional type of foe for for the alumni occasion as the Jaguars take on winless Douglas Byrd (0-8) in a Patriot 4-A/3-A Conference encounter.
Overhills (4-3, 1-3) is looking to follow up on a 42-14 win at Gray’s Creek after topping Triton 17-7 to claim the Dan Richards Trophy, which goes to the Harnett County champion.
Hobbton looks to end its winless status as the Wildcats meet Princeton (5-2) in a Carolina 1-A Conference contest.
Two of the homecomings shape up as evenly-matched games as Triton hosts Union Pines and South Johnston gets a visit from neighboring rival West Johnston.
Western Harnett (0-7), which had its homecoming last week, is home again to take on unbeaten Lee County.
Harnett Central has the lone road game among area teams, traveling to Southern Lee.
Hawks coach Ben Penny said Triton has not had an ideal week of preparation.
“Heat and humidity held us to a walk through on Monday,” Penny said. “Storms forced us inside on Tuesday. We had about an hour in full pads on Wednesday.
“You wouldn’t think you’d have to worry about heat and humidity in October.”
Triton and the Vikings each won their Tri-County Six 3-A Conference openers last week on the road. The Hawks got off to a slow start before taking a 28-0 win at Western.
Union Pines defeated Southern Lee, 36-29.
The Hawks and Vikings are each 4-3 overall.
“We have to be ready to play, cut out the mistakes and be emotionally into the game,” Penny said. “Slowing down their offense will be important. They have a pretty good back (Justin Eberhart, 5-8, 188, 1,210 yards, 15 TDs) and run the read option very well.
“At the end of the day, we need to come out of the gate ready to play football.”
Triton gave the Vikings something extra to prepareforlastweekwithfullbackDe’Marius Staton throwing a touchdown pass.
South (4-3) is coming off a 42-7 loss to Clayton (7-0) that put the Trojans 0-3 at home.
Triton’s Tyler House (41) stops Gordon Thomas (40) of Western Harnett last week.
Daily Record Photo/Maggie Hobson