Week three high school football schedule and outlook

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Week three high school football schedule

New Hanover (2-0) vs. Havelock (2-0) 

Freddie Taylor. Photo courtesy- John Crouch
Freddie Taylor. Photo courtesy- John Crouch

The Wildcats have put up 48 points in each of their two road games this season and return to Legion Stadium for their home opener against Havelock. New Hanover has spread the wealth offensively and look to clean up some things on the other side of the ball heading into Friday night. Coach Earl Smith has been impressed with special teams play and looks to keep the motor running behind Burke Estes at quarterback.

Havelock is off to a fast start and wrap up a three-game road trip at Jurgenson-Gabriel Field. The Rams have held their two opponents to just 17 points over two games and dominated the defending 4A state champs 41-6 at New Bern last week.

West Brunswick (2-0) vs. North Myrtle Beach (1-1)

The Trojans may be 2-0 overall, but West Brunswick will need to limit their turnovers if they want to continue their early season success. Bubba McCray did make his return last week from a hamstring injury and didn’t miss a step after a break-out sophomore season.

Hunter Ashburn has been steady at quarterback, while West Brunswick has done a good job forcing turnovers on the defensive end.

Hoggard (1-1) vs. Pine Forest (1-1)   

DaQuan Williams. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams.
DaQuan Williams. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams.

The Vikings are coming off an 18-7 setback against Seventy-First where the offense was able to sustain drives, but unable to convert possessions into touchdowns. Tony Allen found the end zone for the only score of the night on a short yardage carry. Hoggard has been solid on the defensive end through two games, having allowed a late score last week, with 28 points against this season.

According to Coach Craig Underwood, Pine Forest brings team speed to the table and the Vikings will need to play fundamental assignment football on the defensive end to keep the Trojans in check.

Laney (0-2) @ Lee County (2-0)

Laney is coming off a high scoring affair against a quality team in J.H. Rose. The Bucs shined on special teams, with two punt blocks last week, including a recovery touchdown by underclassman Sheron Sidbury. Jameus Beckett also stood out defensively, with a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown.

The Bucs have gone up against two Division 1 commits over the first two weeks on the defensive end, but will have another good test Friday night in Sanford as Lee County has put up a combined 76 points in two games.

Laney was able to move the ball throughout much of the game against the Rampants, but fizzled late into the second half.

Topsail (2-0) vs. Dixon (1-1)

D.J. Montano and Drew Gaither continue to chew up a ton of yards on the ground for Topsail as the Pirates picked up season-opening wins over cross-county rivals Trask and Pender. Another familiar foe visits Hampstead on Friday as Dixon makes the short trip from Onslow County.

Ashley plays its second straight game on the road on Friday.
Ashley plays its second straight game on the road on Friday.

Ashley (0-2) @ Fairmont (0-1)

Bradley Plyer has been a workhorse for the Screaming Eagles through the first two weeks of the regular season, but injuries on the offensive side of the football have caused some issues for first-year Head Coach Jeff Turner. Ashley had to go with their back-up quarterback for much of last week in a 28-14 setback to Swansboro, while Plyer had to take some snaps behind center because of more injuries during that game.

South Brunswick (1-1) vs. Pender (0-1)

Consistency in practice and game schedule is probably one of the most important things moving through the course of a season, but South Brunswick hasn’t had the luxury so far this year with their week one game postponed one day because of weather, which was followed by a short week and trip to Myrtle Beach to face a tough Conway program.

The Cougars play in their home opener Friday night against a Pender team that allowed over 250 yards on the ground last week.