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Game of the Week: Wheatmore vs Trinity

With conference play in full swing, teams are looking to build a resume worthy of a spot in the state playoffs. Each game is crucial and teams will need to battle hard for the rest of the season. After losing their first game of the season last week, the Wheatmore Warriors will look to bounce back in this week’s “Game of the Week” against the Trinity Bulldogs.

Wheatmore has had an impressive start to the season and will be a strong contender in the PAC-7 conference. They fell last week to Randleman for their first loss of the season and this week is key if they want to stay out of a losing streak. The Warriors come into Friday’s game 5-1 on the season and 0-1 in conference. Trinity sits at 3-2 in the season after a bye week last week and has yet to participate in conference action. This week will be their first taste of PAC-7 play, but it will not be an easy one for them to win. Since Wheatmore’s first season in 2009, the Bulldogs and the Warriors have split the series 4-4. Trinity claimed the first ever meeting 76-0, but the Warriors have taken the last two including a 40-37 overtime win last season.

The Warriors are having one of their best seasons in school history and one could only assume it is in part due to first year head coach Phillip Yarbrough. He has his team in the mindset that they can win any game no matter the score. They came back from down 20 in the second half three weeks ago to defeat Southwestern Randolph and pulled off a last second win over Asheboro last week. This team never stops fighting and they will need that as they move through the rest of their conference schedule.

The running game will need to be strong for the Warriors and that all starts with senior running back Pierre Hakizimana. He can dominate his way up the field and if he finds an opening watch out. If Hakizimana is not on the field, then the Warriors have a host of other running backs, like Lucas Kelly and Jackson Powell, who can move the ball up the field just as well. Should the Bulldogs find a way to stop the running game, then the Warriors will turn to sophomore quarterback Nick Halo to lead the charge through the air. Halo has proven himself to be a great quarterback in his first season on varsity and the Warriors will need him on Friday.

It can be rough starting conference play against a team like Wheatmore, but a win against the Warriors could give the Bulldogs enough momentum for the rest of the season. Last time out, the Bulldogs fell to Southwestern Randolph in non-conference play. Their only other loss came in double overtime against South Stokes by one point. Trinity knows how to battle on the field and when they get into an offensive rhythm they can be hard to stop.

Trinity will need to get on the board early and keep adding points if they wish to top the Warriors on Friday night and it will all start with junior quarterback Nathan Davis. Davis has been a strong presence for the Bulldogs all season and if he can dial in his accuracy then the Bulldogs have a chance to finish the season strong. He cannot do it alone and will need his receivers to run their routes and get open. Thunder Levy, Tay Little, and Tyler Hammonds have been favorite targets of Davis all season. Senior Hunter Mosley will lead the defense for the Bulldogs.

Wheatmore will need to limit turnovers and not rush if they want to keep from falling behind. Trinity’s defense will need to stand firm and keep the running backs of Wheatmore in check. This match-up is always a good one, but will have to wait until Friday to see if this game lives up to hype.

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