Vikings Seek Football Win In Sanford
BY F.W. Manning II
The Union Pines Vikings football team is still in search of its first league victory of the season as the squad travels to Sanford tonight to take on the Southern Lee Cavaliers in a conference clash.
On the season the Vikes are 2-6 overall and 0-4 in 3-A Cape Fear Valley Conference competition. Union Pines enters the contest against Southern Lee riding a 17-game league-losing skid that stretches back to late in the 2009 season.
Coincidentally, the last CFVC victory for Union Pines came in a 10-0 decision against Southern Lee at Woodrow Wilhoit Stadium in Cameron.
Southern Lee, 2-6 overall on the season, enters tonight’s gridiron match-up with a league record of 0-4. In their four CFVC losses the Cavaliers have been outscored 148-38.
Last week Southern Lee dropped a 40-7 defeat to Overhills (3-4, 2-1 CFVC) and two weeks ago it lost 49-0. to league leader Gray’s Creek (6-2, 3-0). The Cavs’ other two losses in league play were a 27-21 defeat to Western Harnett (3-5, 2-1) and a 32-10 loss to Westover (3-5, 2-1).
In comparison, Union Pines has been outscored 165-42 in its CFVC contests, including losses of 46-0 to Overhills, 42-14 to Gray’s Creek, 51-28 to Western Harnett, and a 26-0 defeat last week to Westover.
Gray’s Creek enters week nine of the prep pigskin season atop the CFVC standings with a league mark of 3-0. At 6-2 overall and 3-1 in league play Douglas Byrd sits alone in second. Then Overhills, Western Harnett and Westover are in a three-way tie for third, leaving Union Pines and Southern Lee knotted up in last place.
That knot stands to be broken when the Cavs and Vikes take the field for the kickoff tonight at 7:30 p.m.
One key for Union Pines could be the return of junior strong side linebacker and running back Kaleb johnson..
Johnson, who missed two weeks due to an ejection in week five, rushed for 172 yards and scored three touchdownss in Union Pines’ last win of the season, a 35-34 overtime thriller which came in week four against the East Montgomery Eagles.
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