Friday Preview: Golden Eagles begin CCC schedule in Salisbury
The nonconference portion of the football schedule has been good to East Davidson, allowing them to gain confidence and an eye-popping 5-1 record.
Central Carolina Conference action kicks off Friday night, and the Golden Eagles figure to face some tougher opponents in the 2-A league. But for this week, they may have an easier time with a struggling Salisbury team.
A state champion a few seasons ago, the Hornets find themselves winless through six games. Losing head coach Joe Pinyan in the offseason has sent the program into a downward spiral that could be difficult to come out of. They give up nearly 41 points per outing while averaging 7.3 points on offense. They have been held scoreless in three of their games, with the closest shot at victory being a 14-9 loss in Week 1 to Carson. The last meeting between East and Salisbury was a 47-18 Hornets blowout. It may be much different Friday night at Ludwig Stadium.
EDHS has pounded the ground hard this season and have two tailbacks on their way to 1,000 yards. Bryce Bolen has rolled up 504 yards and Michael Ramos is a shade over 400. East averages more than 200 yards a game rushing. Quarterback Austin Wallace may not be putting up the aerial numbers he did last season, but he has not thrown the ball away nearly as much and should reach 1,000 yards having right at 700 so far.
In 2012, the Golden Eagles had an offense that could compete, but the defense was miles behind. They have closed the gap greatly in just one season, and are led by linebacker Nathan Campbell. The senior is accompanied by several other seniors who are clicking in their final season of high school football.
“On offense last year we put some big yards up and the defense could not get it done,” Campbell said. “I think this year the defense knows their role. We are trying to stuff people this season and getting the ball back to our offense.”
East is coming off a bye week and should be well rested. They have also had time to clean up some silly motion penalties that troubled them in a win over Trinity.
“Stuff like that we have got to get rid of before we play Salisbury,” said head coach Vance Hanner. “Our backs just like to leave early they are so excited about getting the ball.”
A win this week would set up a huge game next week at home versus Thomasville.