Lee County (2-0) at Union Pines (2-1, 1-0) — 6:30 p.m.
The Yellow Jackets and Triton had an unexpected bye week due to COVID-19 issues last week. That game is scheduled to be played April 5, meaning the Jackets and the Hawks could have three games in nine days ending the regular season.
Tonight in the Tri-County 6, the Jackets visit Union Pines. The Vikings, 4-1 in the Tri-County 6 last season, are off to a winning start in the league, with a 10-6 victory vs. Harnett Central last Friday.
Conference champ Lee County beat runner-up Union Pines 46-6 in Oct. 2019.
Junior QB Micah Monaghan connected with freshman Ethan Biggs for a 52-yard TD pass in the first quarter and the Viking defense held the lead from there against the Trojans.
In the two Viking wins, the first being a 47-20 win vs. Cummings, Monaghan and Biggs have teamed for 13 catches, 340 yards and four TDs.
Senior lineman Dakota Spangler had two sacks, his second interception of the season and a fumble recovery against Harnett Central.
Lee County went to 2-0 two weeks back with a 30-27 win at Overhills.
The Jacket offense scored two touchdowns in the first half; on T.J. Johnson’s run and Kenyon Palmer’s catch from Will Patterson. The Jacket defense scored two touchdowns in the second half; on Dayreon Jennings’ interception and 35-yard return and on Johnson’s fumble recovery.
Patterson is 20-for-34 passing for 234 yards and two TDs in two games. Tyric McKendall has seven catches for 129 yards and a TD.
In the middle of the Jacket defense, Delmaz Jennings has a team-high seven tackles for loss and Rodney Ingram has five TFL.
Causing turnovers and scoring on them, sometimes immediately and sometimes a few snaps later, continues as a Yellow Jacket strength. Palmer, Dayreon Jennings, Jayden Marshall and Carlos Hancock have one interception each.
Southern Lee (2-1, 1-0) at Triton (0-2) — 6:30 p.m.
On the scoreboard, it wasn’t a huge comeback for the Cavaliers’ 31-16 victory at Western Harnett last Friday night. The Cavs though, turned a game which could’ve gone either way into a decisive win with a 21-0 second half.
Sophomore running back Kendall Morris starred rushing for 207 yards, most in the second half, and three touchdowns, all in the second half on plays of 58, 10 and 35 yards.
Morris, QB Daniel Pisano, Jorderion Hamilton and Anthony Robinson totaled 279 rushing yards in the win.
While Morris found the end zone, the Cavalier defense’s second half went interception — by Alexander Touchard — punt, a fumble — forced by John Wilson’s sack and recovered by Nasir Blue — punt, stop on downs and stop on downs.
Triton was off last week, so begins Tri-County 6 play against the Cavs. Southern Lee won last season’s game 30-5 for six straight wins in the series.
Two weeks ago, Triton led most of the game against South Johnston but a South Johnston TD with four minutes left gave the Trojans a 20-19 win.
Senior wingback Malachi Batts had 16 rushes for 161 yards and two TDs as the Hawks ran for 308 yards total.
Western Harnett (0-3, 0-1) at Harnett Central (0-3, 0-1) — 6:30 p.m.
The Eagles and the Trojans meet for a conference and county rivalry game in Angier tonight.
Western Harnett led Southern Lee 16-10 at halftime last Friday. Harnett Central trailed UP 7-6 starting the second half, but lost its second one-possession game of the season.
The Eagles gained plenty of yardage against Southern Lee. They capped drives with TDs twice in the first half. In the second half, the Eagles still picked up some of the yards, but turnovers and penalties turned the game around.
QB Tristan Ung passed for 227 yards, with Ian Bristow getting four catches for 77 yards. Elijah Bass ran for 47 yards and a TD.
For the Trojans at Union Pines last Friday, QB De’Andre McAllister ran for a TD for the lone Trojan score.
Harnett Central won the 2019 contest 21-10. The Eagles won 37-14 in fall 2018.
Pinecrest (2-1, 2-1) at Lumberton (1-1, 1-1) — 6 p.m.
The Patriots won 30-6 at Purnell Swett last Friday in the Sandhills Athletic and head to Lumberton tonight.
Xavier Dowd and Savion Kiser had TD runs and Niquwan Hill had a 56-yard TD catch for the Patriots.
Lumberton lost 48-34 to Seventy-First last Friday. The Pirates totaled 233 yards in the air and 135 on the ground, but gave up 441 rushing yards to the Falcons.
Pinecrest beat Lumberton 51-14 last season.
North Rowan (2-1, 2-0) at Chatham Central (1-0, 1-0) — 6:30 p.m.
The Bears haven’t been able to play since the first week of the season and a soaked, freezing 6-0 victory over Albemarle.
North Rowan won two Yadkin Valley games, 36-0 vs. North Moore and 44-18 vs. South Stanly, before losing 43-0 to Hibriten out of conference last Friday.
Southern Durham (3-0, 3-0) at Northwood (2-0, 2-0) — 7 p.m.
The Chargers started the season with a 42-0 win against Cedar Ridge, then a 7-6 win against Chapel Hill, before no game last week.
Northwood scored a touchdown on a blocked punt on the third quarter and it was enough against Chapel Hill.
The Spartans have three Big Eight wins, all by 20-0 scores, against Northern Durham, Orange and last Friday against Vance County.
Jordan-Matthews (0-3, 0-3) at Trinity (0-3, 0-2) — 7 p.m.
The Jets played twice last week, both against powers in the PAC 7. Eastern Randolph beat the Jets 49-0 on Monday, then Randleman beat the Jets 56-6 on Friday.
The Jets beat the Bulldogs 12-0 last season.
Trinity lost 57-0 to Providence Grove Saturday afternoon.