Friday Preview: Eagles to face Lingerfelt for first time
Bryan Lingerfelt spent the last 11 years coaching the East Davidson football program. Friday night at West Davidson's Glosson Stadium, he will face them for the first time as an opposing coach.
The Green Dragons (4-6) will host the Golden Eagles (8-2) in the regular season finale in Tyro. EDHS coach Vance Hanner looks forward to the homecoming with his former coach and colleague, but admits it will be quite different looking across the field and seeing Lingerfelt donning the colors of a different school.
“It is going to be hard seeing him on that other sideline after we have been together for so long,” Hanner said. “The foundation he built here has a lot to do with the success we've had this year. He invested a lot into these kids at East Davidson, so it will definitely be bittersweet.”
Lingerfelt could not be more proud of Hanner and the players he once coached.
“They are playing well and having a good year,” said Lingerfelt. “Coach Hanner has kept them on track and brought some new ideas to the program. Those seniors have played hard and stepped up for the program.”
Conference play has been tough for East but a real struggle for the Dragons. A win last week put the Eagles at 2-2 in the league, while West remains winless. It will be a short week for WDHS as well, having played Salisbury Monday night in a game postponed from last Friday due to rain. The Hornets won 42-14.
“We first have to be able and muster up enough energy to be able and play 48 minutes,” said Lingerfelt. “We need to be consistent and it is imperative that we take care of the ball. That is something we have not done a good job of last few games.”
West has a knack for scoring first in games, but coming out on the short end as the game progresses. Getting the big play early would help their confidence against an East defense that held Lexington scoreless last week. Two weeks ago the Yellow Jackets scored 34 points on West.
“Our defense was tremendous last week,” said Hanner. “They made a few drives on us, but we came up with some big turnovers.”
With a victory, East would lock up sole possession of third place in the Central Carolina Conference. If they lose, the Eagles would need undefeated North Rowan to beat Salisbury to remain in third. Hanner would rather the Eagles take care of business themselves and tack on one more “W” to the cause.
“Having nine wins would definitely help us on our playoff resume and gets us closer to that home playoff game that we want,” he said.
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