Union Pines Looking to Halt Losing Skid
The Union Pines football team hosts the Western Harnett Eagles tonight in a Cape Fear Valley Conference gridiron contest.
Both the Vikings and the Eagles enter the games winless in league action with records of 0-2 in the CFVC.
Union Pines is currently on a three-game losing skid that has seen the Vikings get outscored by a total of 126-20.
Last week in their 48-13 loss to Gray's Creek (5-2, 2-0 CFV), the Vikes struggled mightily to make tackles and could only muster 11 yards on 24 rushing attempts in the game.
Vike senior captain signal caller Taylor O'Neil did shine in the conference bout, passing for 179 yards and two touchdowns.
Junior scat back Parris Manning also had a huge game against Gray's Creek in a break -out performance, totaling 157 all-purpose yards, including a 50-yard kickoff return and four receptions.
Meanwhile, Western Harnett enters tonight's match-up winless on the season at 0-6 overall.
The Eagles came up on the short side of a 51-48 shootout to Southern Lee (1-6, 1-1 CFV) last week in Lillington.
With the loss, Western Harnett's current losing streak stretched to nine games, while Southern Lee's 25-game losing streak came to an end.
The Vikings and Western Harnett have played one common opponent. Pinecrest defeated the Eagles 31-0 in week five, while the Patriots topped Union Pines 69-14 in week two of the season.
Union Pines' two wins this year have both come at home against 1A schools.
The Vikes defeated Red Springs (0-5) by a score of 27-7 in the opening week of the season, and topped North Moore (0-6) by a tally of 34-12.
Viking head football coach Ryan Riggan was unable to be reached for comment.
In other CFVC league action this week Douglas Byrd (5-2, 0-2) travels to Westover (2-4, 1-0), Southern Lee hosts Gray's Creek, while Overhills (2-5, 2-0) has a bye.
The kickoff for tonight's game between Union Pines and Western Harnett is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Wilhoit Stadium in Cameron.
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