Vikings Close Out Season Tonight
The Union Pines football team closes out its 2012 pigskin campaign Friday with senior night against league foe Douglas Byrd at Woodrow Wilhoit Stadium in Cameron.
Both the Vikings and visiting Eagles enter the tilt riding vastly different 3-A Cape Fear Valley Conference streaks.
At 7-3 overall and 4-1 in league action, Douglas Byrd is riding a four-game league winning streak and is tied with the Overhills Jaguars in the second spot in the conference standings.
Tonight, the Eagles will be eager to close the season with a win to secure, at worst, a second-place finish in the CFVC, thereby locking down a home game and a relatively high seed in the state playoffs.
Union Pines (2-8, 0-5 CFVC) is currently in last place in the seven-team league and enters the contest riding an 18-game conference losing streak.
Last week the Vikings dropped a 34-10 nonconference loss to the 2-A Northwood Chargers, while Douglas Byrd defeated CFVC sixth-place squad Southern Lee 49-7.
Two weeks ago Union Pines lost a 63-55 offensive shootout to Southern Lee (2-8, 1-5) in Sanford.
Other mutual opponents for the Vikings and Eagles are: the league leading Gray’s Creek Bears (8-2, 5-0); third place Overhills Jaguars (5-4, 4-1); along with the Western Harnett Eagles (3-7, 2-3) and Westover Wolverines (3-7, 2-3) who are tied for fourth in the standings.
Douglas Byrd lost 42-15 to Gray’s Creek, while Union Pines fell to the Bears by a 42-14 tally. Byrd topped Overhills 21-18, bested Westover 20-14 and beat Western Harnett 27-14.
Conversely, Union Pines lost by scores of 46-0 to Overhills, 51-28 to Western Harnett and 26-0 to Westover.
In other action around the CFVC tonight, Gray’s Creek travels to Overhills as it looks to clinch the league title, while Western Harnett and Westover battle in Lillington for fourth place.
Overall, 14 senior Vike football players will be honored in a ceremony prior to the 7:30 kickoff against Douglas Byrd, along with the Union Pines senior cheerleaders and girls’ tennis players.
Contact F.W. Manning II at email@example.com.
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