Game of the Week: Wheatmore vs Southwestern Randolph

The high school football season is in full swing as team begin to prepare for their third game of the season. Conference play is fast approaching and teams have just few more weeks to boost their records in hopes of earning a spot in the state playoffs come November. This week’s “Game of the Week” will be a battle between two county teams who have a lot to prove this season. The Wheatmore Warriors will host the Southwestern Randolph Cougars in this week’s “Game of the Week”!

Both teams entered the season with new head coaches and were looking to shake up their respective conferences. Southwestern Randolph opened their season with an emotional victory over Eastern Randolph snapping a 22-game losing streak against the Wildcats. Wheatmore rolled passed West Davidson for a 20-9 victory. These two teams have faced each other eight times since Wheatmore opened back in 2009. Currently, Southwestern Randolph holds a 6-2 advantage over the Warriors, but Wheatmore took the meeting last season 33-10.

Wheatmore enters Friday’s game with a 2-0 start to the season and will be looking to make it 3-0. First year head coach Phillip Yarbrough has the Warriors in game shape and they have proven they will be a hard team to beat this season. The Warriors return senior running back Pierre Hakizimana who tore up the field last season. Last year he rushed for 231 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Warriors’ win over the Cougars. He can get up the field in a hurry and the Cougars’ defense is going to have their hands full.

Sophomore Nick Halo has shown that he can handle the pressure of a close game in his first year at quarterback on the varsity team. Halo’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Nathan Christenbury gave the Warriors the win over East Davidson last week. Zach Berrier will cause problems for the Cougars’ offense and look for him to get in the middle to break up some passes. He picked off East Davidson twice last week.

Southwestern Randolph is coming off their first loss of the season after the Randleman Tigers exploded for a 64-22 win. The Cougars will be looking to bounce back and play more like they did in their season opening win against Eastern Randolph. First year head coach Seth Baxter has the Cougars buying into his style of play and is seems to be paying off. Quarterback Brayden Jones has shown he can make the big play for the Cougars, whether it be scoring a touchdown through the air or keeping the ball and running it in himself.

Jones will have several options to throw to in Tanner Ferguson, Will Moss, and Ben Mull. All three have the ability to pick up big yards after the catch. Tyler Hoover and Dylan Underwood will control the ground game for the Cougars. Brighton Long and Paxton Staker have come up big for the Cougars on defense so far, and the Cougars will need them to be in tip top shape on Friday. Sophomore Braxton Davis has caused trouble for opponents on both sides of the ball and it would not be a surprise if he is one of the key difference makers in this game.

This should be one exciting game on Friday as both teams bring all they have and leave it all on the field. The winner will be the team who communicates effectively and competes on each and every possession. It will be interesting to see how this one plays out.

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