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Touchdown Friday Preview Part One (Pitt County)

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We're less than 48 hours away from High School Football and you can almost hear those sweet words....Touchdown Friday!

It's something I've never done until today, hit every Pitt County school in one afternoon for football practice. I'll give you three tonight and three more tomorrow but we'll start with the headliner, at least locally that is, it's the only matchup featuring two teams from the county.

DH Conley will travel over to Bethel on Friday to play the North Pitt Panthers. Last year North Pitt led the matchup at halftime but the eventual Eastern Carolina Conference champs were too much for them. This year the Vikings will start a freshman at quarterback and they know they'll have their hands full with their cross-county rival.

"They can certainly challenge us, they can do more than that," said DH Conley Coach Brian Paschal. "They're a good team with a good program, well coached and they just have that typical North Pitt athlete. Long and lean and fast and athletic.We want to see our kids play hard and if we could just get out there and play hard and eliminate the three things that always kill you, penalties, turnovers and missed assignments....if we can eliminate those then we'll have a chance."

North Pitt certainly remembers that loss last year and they are ready for their home opener. Coach David Boal had the boys out in Bethel late this evening going through their final practice before a walk through tomorrow. He says the excitement level is at an all time high.

"The excitement is it's our home opener," said Coach Boal. "You know some of these boys have been working since last November, December for this night. Like I tell the seniors, you only get this chance once, this is the first game of your last year so its a  big game, sets the tone for our season so it should be very exciting."

Over in Ayden, Coach Paul Cornwell and the gang prepare for Riverside. The Chargers have been to the playoffs 13 straight seasons and there's no reason that should stop this year. After playing host to a jamboree last Friday, Coach Cornwell learned what he needed to about his team and says their ready for a battle against the Knights.

"The number one goal is to go out there and try to do the little things well," said Coach Cornwell. "Lets don't turn the ball over, lets execute on offense, play good fundamental defense, lets see where we are at this time of the year and hopefully we get a win. They can challenge us all over the field, they're very athletic, they've got a lot of speed, they also have a good group of lineman that get off the football and I was really impressed with them on both sides of the ball. Coach McGill does a really good job of getting his guys into space and getting his playmakers in opportunities to make plays."

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