Vikes Hope to Get Monkey Off Back Tonight
Union Pines is hoping to draw from its previous triumphs this season on its home field tonight at Woodrow Wilhoit Stadium as the Vikings host league foe Western Harnett in Cameron for some league football action.
“Every win is a huge win for the program,” said Union Pines head coach Ryan Riggan. “That is what we are striving for every week, and this week is no different.”
The Vikings, currently 2-4 overall on the season, enter tonight’s tilt riding a two-game home win streak. Both of those wins came against lower-tier 1-A Yadkin Valley Conference opponents in North Moore (0-6) and East Montgomery (2-4). Thus far Union Pines has been outscored 88-14 in its two 3-A Cape Fear Valley Conference contests this season, to amass a league record of 0-2.
With last week’s 42-14 loss at Gray’s Creek (5-1, 2-0 CFVC), Union Pines ran its current CFVC-losing streak to 15 games. Furthermore, the Vikings have lost in each of their last 20 games against 3-A competition.
“We have a group of kids that work really hard and continue to bring it every week,” said Riggan. “At this point we just have to continue to get better — every game is really important, and our guys love playing at home because of all of the support we’ve gotten this year in terms of the student section and great crowd support.”
Western Harnett enters the contest fresh off a 27-21 victory last week against Southern Lee (1-5, 0-2) in its CFVC opener. On the season the Eagles are 2-4 as the six-point win snapped a four-game losing streak after Western Harnett opened the year with a 26-6 win over 1-A South Robeson (2-3).
After watching them on film, Riggan described the Eagles as a “good football team.”
“They (Western Harnett) have played really good in spurts,” Riggan said, “which is dangerous because you know that no matter what is happening they have the ability to score and score lots. They are a really challenging team. On offense they have some kids who can really run, including a big bruising fullback and a few explosive running backs.
“The defense plays an attacking style and likes to blitz often. They are sound defensively and have many ways to attack you. Their linebackers play really physical and are probably the best part of their defense, so we must be sound in our blocking this week.”
Kickoff for the conference clash is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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