Varsity Football

Taking A Look At Tonight

Harentt Central, Midway football at home.

Overhills Jaguars head varsity football coach Mark Kirk surveys his players during an early-August practice in Cameron. His team's roster may not be as deep as last season, but the 3A/4A Jaguars team will put Harnett Central to the test, with their ability to spell and substitute role players between series. Overhills plays at Harnett Central at 7 tonight.
Overhills Jaguars head varsity football coach Mark Kirk surveys his players during an early-August practice in Cameron. His team's roster may not be as deep as last season, but the 3A/4A Jaguars team will put Harnett Central to the test, with their ability to spell and substitute role players between series. Overhills plays at Harnett Central at 7 tonight.
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Overhills At Harnett Central

Overhills may have the numbers, but Harnett Central has one week of 2018 experience under their belts after a tough, close loss at West Johnston last week. The Trojans fell 31-22 to the Wildcats last Friday.

Overhills played Harnett Central last season on Aug. 25. The Jaguars defeated the Trojans, 47-6.

Overhills’ Zion Gilliam rushed five times for 80 yards and two touchdowns. Ulysess Lewis had 15 carries for 147 yards and a score. Zion Hayes record tackles, then Overhills senior Isaiah Robinson racked up six sacks and Nasir McDaniel picked off two interceptions.

Last Week: Harnett Central At West Johnston

The first touchdown scored in Benson was a 26-yard pass from Harnett Central senior quarterback Hayden Smith. West Johnston Wildcat Carl Thames scored one of his four rushing touchdowns next, a 3-yard first and goal run. Senior speed back John Rhody scored a 1-yard rushing touchdown, and after converting the extra point attempt, the Trojans led, 14-6.

With nine minutes to go in the half, on a first and goal from the 2-yard line, West Johnston ran Thames again, moving to within two points. They then failed to convert another two-point conversion and Central kept its 14-12 lead.

Following several series of punts, the Trojans blocked a field goal attempt, sending the players into the locker room for halftime.

Harnett Central recovered a fumble with five minutes to go in the third quarter but could not turn the turnover into points and were forced to punt. Wildcats’ quarterback Luke Lassiter then completed a 19-yard pass to Peyton Richards, to take a four-point lead. The score remained 18-14 West Johnston after a missed extra point attempt.

On the ensuing possession, a West Johnston fumble recovery led to Thames’ third rushing touchdown and a 14-24 Wildcats lead with nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. West Johnston failed to convert its third two-point conversion after the score.

A Trojans turnover on downs led to Thames’ fourth running score, from 3 yards out. Tony Fonseca kicked the extra point.

Rhody broke off his longest run of the night, a 53-yard touchdown to bring the game back to within nine points after Amir May’s successful two-point rush.

The game ended with West Johnston in possession, inside the Trojans 45-yard line.

Princeton At Midway

Last season, Princeton defeated Midway by three scores, 41-21. The Raiders will need to slow down the Bulldogs’ running game to win at home on Friday. Princeton’s Lamar Wilkins rushed 21 times for 128 yards and four scores. Rahjai McPhatter ran the football 29 times for 218 yards and two touchdowns.

Last Week: Midway at Union

Midway’s Raiders were able to gain 10 first downs over Union last Friday, defeating the home team 25-18. Quarterback Carson Calcutt completed six of his 17 passes for 101 yards and touchdown. He also ran for a score. Carson’s touchdown, a 72-yard pass, was scored by Carsse Lucas. Lucas also recorded a 90-yard return on an interception. Deantae Byrd carried the football 14 times for 113 yards and a touchdown. Cameron Calcutt recorded 11 total tackles and the Raiders committed 13 penalties for 77 yards.

South Johnston At South Granville

South Johnston will need to be careful not to commit many penalties for South Granville to capitalize upon if they expect to win this Friday on the road. Last year, the Trojans fell 21-7, after being penalized six times for 78 yards. South Granville was flagged 11 times, for just 45 yards. Now senior Jeffrey Hannah rushed nine times for 65 yards and record a team-leading seven tackles last year. Hezekiah Bailey rushed 10 times for 39 yards and then-quarterback Zach Grady threw 19 passes, completing 10 for 103 yards. The Trojans converted 12 first downs to South Granville’s 15.

Last Week: Corinth Holders At South Johnston

South won big over the Corinth Holders Pirates, 34-7 last Friday night in Four Oaks.

Josh Schindler completed six of his 12 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown. Jaequan Wells ran the football eight times for 84 yards and a score. Hezekiah Bailey, Darius Lewis and Jeffrey Hannah all scored rushing touchdowns, with Hannah carrying 19 times for 79 yards. Trojan Jawuan Smith also had an interception.

Western Harnett At Providence Grove

Last year, the Western Harnett Eagles lost to Providence Grove, 21-9. Western ran 62 offensive plays and converted 10 first downs. Providence Grove ran 54 plays and converted 13 first downs. The Eagles were penalized 13 times for 130 yards. Then Western quarterback Devonte Sanders rushed for a touchdown and three interceptions. Gordon Thomas ran 18 times for 74 total yards. Western Harnett 2017 leading tackler Lance McLean totaled 10 tackles against Providence Grove. Jeffrey Falemalama also had 10 tackles. Tyree Brown had an interception.

Last Week: Apex Friendship At Western Harnett

Western Harnett was shut out at home last Friday by Apex Friendship, 43-0. Quarterback Tristan Ung completed one pass for 26 yards and threw an interception. Noah Thompson also played quarterback completing three-of-nine passes for 15 yards. Tamarius David rushed for 27 total yards, his longest, a 16-yard run. Sharone Stephney rushed five times for 10 yards and senior linebacker Lance McLean had eight total tackles.

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