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Touchdown Friday Preview Part Two (Pitt County)

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

It's the final day of practice and walk throughs for high school football teams across the East, and that means Touchdown Friday kicks off tomorrow night.

A team that went all the way to the 4A Eastern Finals last year was JH Rose and to be honest, nobody really expected it. Led by preseason all-state receiver Cornell Powell, the Rampants will travel to the Triangle tomorrow for a matchup against Athens Drive. There are a few issues that could possibly ground the Rampants strong air attack. They have injuries all over the field, in particular on the offensive line. If they can't protect quarterback Copeland Spell then they won't be able to get the ball to Cornell like they've been practicing all week. Coach Dave Wojtecki says the preseason has created its fair share of wear and tear on his football team but no matter they are excited for tomorrow.

"Its been a long week," said Wojtecki. "Its been hot. I think the kids are a little tired and a little exhausted so we want to make sure that we keep their legs and try not to over do it a little too much today. I think we're ready to play somebody else for real. Going into scrimmages they know what its not going to count on their record and all that, we hit each other every single day of the week so I think going in and hitting somebody different will help us out physically and mentally."

Across the county in Winterville, South Central will host Wilson Hunt in their first game. Going to practice for the last month or so the Falcons are a team getting a lot of preseason attention. Many coaches in the area consider them to be one of the most improved teams in the Eastern Carolina 3A-4A Conference because of their solid middle school program and returning talent. Led by Shawn Furlow the South Central Falcons are ready to soar.

"Everybody right now is optimistic," said South Central Coach Tim Carter. "Everybody's dreaming of championships and state titles but we're taking it one day at a time. We've got a group coming back that's shown that they want to be here, that they're going to work hard for us and they understand the system. Now we just have to make plays."

Over in Farmville, the Jaguars have one of the most interesting openers in our area. Farmville Central will travel to Plymouth to play a 1A power who hasn't lost at home in years.The Vikings may have the championships but the Jaguars have the size. Coach Scott Gardner looks forward to the matchup...

"I think that we've got to challenge them," said Gardner. "They're the ones with the home winning record, they're the ones playing for state championships, we're the new kid on the block. I think he (Cody) has a mighty good football program. We respect what he does, we just hope we can stay on the game field with them."

For the sights and sounds from these practices check out 9 On Your Side at 6:20!



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