Games of the Week: Wheatmore vs Asheboro and Trinity vs Southwestern Randolph

Each team in the county has a win under their belts and things are going to get tougher when conference play starts next week. This week, however, four county teams will battle it in the final week of conference play. Asheboro will travel to Wheatmore and Trinity will host Southwestern Randolph in this week’s “Games of the Week”.

Wheatmore comes into Friday’s game against the Blue Comets as the only undefeated team in the county at 4-0. Asheboro picked up their first win last week against Eastern Randolph for a 1-3 start to the season. The last time these two teams met, Asheboro recorded a 48-19 win in 2016. In fact, the Blue Comets hold a 2-0 advantage in the series with Warriors. While Asheboro holds the advantage, these are two different teams from last season and both are under new leadership. Coach Phillip Yarborough has the Warriors buying into his playing style and it has been paying off. Asheboro has struggled under new head coach Kevin Gillespie, but that can all change with just one game.

Quarterback Nick Halo has had strong performances for the Warriors in their first four games of the season and as only a sophomore he can only get better. Senior running back Pierre Hakizimana has a knack for finding openings and producing big yardage. Expect him to do just that on Friday against the Blue Comets. Asheboro will rely on quarterback Cory Durrant, slotback Nate Fisher, and James Collins to put points on the board. Anyone of these players can turn in a great performance on any night. The Blue Comets will need them to have strong performances against Wheatmore.

Trinity will enter Friday’s contest against the Cougars with a 3-1 record, while Southwestern Randolph comes in at 2-2 on the season. These two teams last met in 2012 when the Cougars won 41-6. Since 2004, the Bulldogs hold a narrow 4-3 advantage in the series. In his third season with the Bulldogs, head coach Brett Andrews has Trinity playing well to start the season. Southwestern Randolph head coach Seth Baxter has the Cougars buying into his family mentality and they have shown glimpses of how good this team can be.

The Bulldogs will need quarterback Nathan Davis as well as wide receivers Thunder Levy and Tyler Hammonds to have strong performances against a Cougar defense that can make game changing plays. If the wide receivers and running backs can get passed the Cougar defense then they have a shot to take down Southwestern Randolph on Friday. The Cougars have several players who can make big plays, but recently their go-to guys have been quarterback Brayden Jones and running backs Tyler Hoover and Jose Tinoco. Jones can throw the ball deep or hang on to it for serval yards and that may throw the Bulldogs off their feet.

Friday night will be interesting as these teams battle it out. Any one of these teams can win on Friday, but the ones who do will be the ones that make the big plays.

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