Eagles host Lee County to resume rivalry
Lee County (2-1) at Western Harnett (0-3) - 7:30 p.m.
Last meeting - Lee County 27, Western Harnett 0 (Aug. 20, 2010)
The Yellow Jackets and Eagles played every season, for a stretch as conference rivals as well, before a two-season gap in the series.
The Jackets go into tonight off a 28-26 loss to Athens Drive in Sanford. The Jacket offense, as it did in starting 2-0 with two easy victories, made a lot happen. Against the Jaguars though, some of what happened was good for the Jackets and some of what happened was good for the visitors.
Junior quarterback Duane' Bland went 12-for-20 passing for 174 yards and rushed 13 times for 105 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw three interceptions.
Jerry Pullum carries 12 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns while catching three passes for 47 yards. Keyonta McDougald led the Jacket receivers with four catches for 89 yards.
Western Harnett has scored 12 points total in its three losses. The Eagles are getting some production on the ground with running back Jae'Pell Ortiz carrying for 121 yards and fullback Laron Gilchrist gaining 111 yards so far on the season.
While this is Lee County's first season as a 3A program, Western Harnett will be the first 3A foe the Jackets have faced.
Lee County, from 2006-10, has won four of the last five games in the series.
Triton (3-0) at Southern Lee (1-2) - 7:30 p.m.
Last meeting - Triton 27, Southern Lee 6 (Sept. 26, 2008)
The Cavaliers welcome Triton, and the Hawks' 21-game regular-season winning streak, to Cavalier Stadium tonight.
Hitting big plays and scoring points have not been problems for the Cavaliers under first-year head coach Don Simon. Junior quarterback Emond Caldwell and senior wide receiver Aaron Blockmon connected for three touchdown passes last Friday in a 36-31 loss at St. Pauls, giving Blockmon five touchdown catches on the season. Blockmon has 28 receptions for 567 yards in three games.
The 36 points allowed, however, meant the Cavs have given up 92 points in two games.
Triton, the three-time defending champs of the Eastern Carolina Conference, although now a member of the largely-similar Two Rivers, has romped over Harnett County rivals the last two Fridays.
Senior quarterback Jeremy Leggett has seven touchdowns passing versus one interception. Senior Zach Wade has 34 carries for 140 yards and two touchdowns. The Hawks are averaging 192 rushing yards a game total.
The Cavalier offense is averaging 236 passing yards and 158 rushing yards on the season.
Northwood (3-0) at Carrboro (3-0) - 7:30 p.m.
Last season - Carrboro 20, Northwood 17
The Chargers and Jaguars are no longer conference rivals but the series continues despite NCHSAA realignment.
Northwood's record-setting passing attack took a week off last Friday, yet the Chargers still beat county rival Jordan-Matthews 22-6.
Jalen Smith returned a punt 35 yards for a touchdown. The Chargers recovered a Jet fumble on a punt return. The Charger defense turned in five sacks and two interceptions.
Following a 9-6 Charger lead at the half over the Jets, Kadarus Rone topped 100 yards rushing in the second half.
Carrboro enters the night after a 29-28 win at Chapel Hill last Friday.
Parkland (0-3) at Pinecrest (3-0) - 7:30 p.m.
The Patriots jumped out to big first-half leads for their first two wins, then rallied from an 18-0 second-quarter deficit to win 37-25 at Beddingfield last week in Wilson.
After the slow start, the Patriot offense piled up many of the same stats they've done in each of the three victories.
Sophomore quarterback Christian Ledbetter went 10-for-14 passing for 160 yards and three touchdowns. Troy Roper had 28 carries for 128 yards and a touchdown and four catches for 62 yards and a touchdown.
Facing guests from Winston-Salem tonight, the Patriots are trying for their first 4-0 start since 2010.
Trinity (3-0) at Union Pines (2-1) - 7:30 p.m.
Trying to build on back-to-back wins, the Vikings host 2A Trinity tonight and will be trying to surpass their win total from last season in four weeks.
Comparing scores might or might not tell a spectator much, but, for what it's worth - Trinity beat North Moore 46-14 on the opening night of the season, then topped East Montgomery 13-6 last Friday. Union Pines fell 27-22 to East Montgomery in week one, then routed North Moore 48-6, and edged Providence Grove 28-20 last Friday.
The Vikings held Providence Grove on a fourth-down play at the Viking 4-yard line with 0:13 left to seal the victory.
Senior running back Kaleb Johnson rushed 23 times for 164 yards and a touchdown as the Vikings totaled 227 yards on the ground versus the Patriots.
Junior running back D.J. Pratt leads Trinity's offense with 416 yards and four touchdowns on the season.
Parkwood (1-2) at Jordan-Matthews (2-1) - 7:30 p.m.
The Jets were handed their first loss of the season last Friday in Pittsboro. Northwood was the first opposing defense to match up well against the Jet ground game.
Josh Hudson's 33-yard touchdown pass to Cyrus Scotton drew the Jets within a 9-6 deficit and that was the halftime score. That was it for the Jet offense, though.
Parkwood, a 2A school, fell 38-31 at Piedmont last Friday.
Harnett Central (1-2) at Overhills (1-2) - 7:30 p.m.
Last season - Overhills 58, Harnett Central 0
Last season, Overhills started out 0-3 before going on to win a share of the Cape Fear Valley and reach the second round of the 3A state playoffs.
This year, the Jaguars were 0-2 before routing Western Harnett 33-3 last Friday.
Sophomore quarterback Deshaun Phillips, who started the season as second-string, threw three touchdown passes; two going to Julio Martinez.
The Jaguars will be trying to take two of three within the Harnett rivalries.
The Trojans won two Fridays ago before losing 48-6 to Triton last week. Harnett Central's running game was outstanding in its win, but held in check by the Hawks. Daniel Evans rushed for 69 yards and Thomas Staton added 60 yards for the Trojans last Friday.
Chatham Central (1-2) at West Montgomery (2-1) - 7:30 p.m.
Last season - West Montgomery 48, Chatham Central 28
The Bears got their first win of the season last Friday, beating visiting Kestrel Heights 42-16. Now, the Bears face their first road game and first Yadkin Valley contest.
Junior quarterback Rodney Van De Walker, coming back from an injury in Chatham Central's loss to Jordan-Matthews two weeks ago, rushed eight times for 120 yards and threw two touchdowns in the Bear victory.
West Montgomery won 35-6 versus Rockingham County last week. The Warriors are averaging 276 rushing yards a game and all 12 of their offensive touchdowns have come on the ground.
The Warriors went 4-3 in the YVC and reached the second round of states last fall. The Bears were 2-5 in conference last fall.
South Stanly (0-2) at North Moore (0-3) - 7:30 p.m.
Last season - South Stanly 42, North Moore 6
Yadkin Valley football also kicks off in Robbins tonight.
The Mustangs were making strides in a number of categories through the first two weeks, although in losses to Trinity and Union Pines, before losing 60-0 at South Robeson last Friday.
The Rowdy Rebel Bulls are struggling as well, having lost 54-0 to West Stanly two weeks ago and 41-9 to Anson last Friday in Norwood.