Friday Preview: Eagles in need of CCC win against Jackets
East Davidson had an interesting few days last week.
They began by winning a game without taking the field, then were blasted 46-7 on the road at North Rowan. The win earlier in the week came via a Ledford forfeit due to the use of an ineligible player.
“We were 1-1 last week,” said EDHS coach Vance Hanner. “Had we went 2-0 that probably would have shocked the world. I hate that for Ledford to have to give the win back like that on a technicality.”
Other than the forfeited game, it has not been a good two weeks for the Golden Eagles. The week before they were shut out 28-0 by Thomasville. Friday against the Cavaliers they led 7-6, but 40-unanswered points did them in.
“This is going to sound crazy to say, but I think we did some good things against North Rowan,” Hanner said. “We made it 7-6 and that woke them up a little bit.”
East has slipped into a tie for third place in the Central Carolina Conference at 1-2. They are tied with Salisbury and Lexington. The Eagles have beat the Hornets and will host the Yellow Jackets this week. Last place West Davidson is on the schedule for next week
“Lexington is the biggest game of our season,” Hanner said. “There is a lot on the line for us as a program. Lexington is tough and are well-coached by Chuck [Henderson]. They can run it and have good wide receivers that can catch it. Offensively, they are very dangerous. He probably has eight guys that are faster than my fastest kid.”
With showers and drizzle in the forecast, that may benefit East in helping slow down the faster Jackets. If the rains stay away, the Eagles might have to score frequently to keep pace with one-win Lexington.
“With the weather forecast being potential pouring down rain, it could be one of those grind-it-out games,” said Hanner. “If it is not raining it could be one of those back and forth games like we had at Salisbury.”
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