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Friday Night Lights Preview: conference match-ups begin for four county teams

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By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Four football teams in Alamance County begin conference play this week and two others are off. Here’s a look at Friday night’s games:

Bartlett Yancey at Graham
Graham (1-3) will try for consecutive victories for just the second time in five seasons after last week’s 54-50 triumph against visiting Wake Christian.

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This Mid-Carolina Conference opener figures to be a challenge for the Red Devils.

Bartlett Yancey is 3-1, with its lone setback in overtime at McMichael. Since then, the Buccaneers have shut out Cedar Ridge and East Chapel Hill – a pair of teams with a combined 1-6 record.

Bartlett Yancey beat Graham 44-22 last year for its fourth consecutive victory in the series.

Cummings at Chatham Central
Cummings (2-1) didn’t play last week as the Cavaliers get ready for their third road game of the season. This is the first Mid-Carolina Conference game for both teams.

Chatham Central (0-4) hasn’t scored in three of its games. The Bears have given up 31 points per game. Cummings won last year’s matchup by 46-0.

Western Alamance at Orange
Western Alamance will try to get its defense in order in a Central Carolina 3-A Conference opener for both teams.

The Warriors didn’t face a pass play last week in a loss to Southern Alamance, but they were carved up on the ground.

Western Alamance drubbed the Panthers 44-7 last year and it hasn’t had such a lopsided result – with a win or loss – in 11 games since then.

Orange (1-3) topped winless Granville Central 45-0 last week.

Williams at Northwood
This Central Carolina 3-A Conference game will be the third consecutive road assignment for Williams.

The Bulldogs (2-2), who hammered Northwood 34-7 last year, will hope a stern non-conference slate prepared them for league encounters.

Williams has scored first in three of its games. In the other one – against Eastern Guilford – it led by the end of the first quarter.

Northwood (2-2) has given up more than 50 points twice this season, but it defeated Seaforth 12-7 last week.

Off: Eastern Alamance, Southern Alamance
Eastern Alamance (3-1) is done with non-conference play. Southern Alamance (2-2) has a non-conference game next week at Cummings.

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