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Friday Night Lights Preview: Only intracounty Friday game is Western at Southern


By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Here’s a look at upcoming Friday night’s football games involving teams from Alamance County:

Western Alamance at Southern Alamance
Western Alamance (2-1) has won its past two games, while Southern Alamance (1-2) has dropped two straight.

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Western scored the go-ahead points in victories against both Cummings and Eastern Guilford in the second half.

Southern has won two of the last three meetings in a series pretty much dominated by Western in the previous decade.

Southern lost only two games all of the 2021 regular season. Four of the Patriots’ last six home losses have come to opponents from within Alamance County.

Western quarterback Evan Kuehnel had completions to seven different teammates in last week’s game against Eastern Guilford. Run-oriented Southern has been charted with a total of five completed passes all season.

Eastern Alamance at Reidsville
Eastern Alamance (3-0) has knocked off powerhouses Eastern Randolph and Northern Guilford.

Now the Eagles have another state power on their radar with this trip to Reidsville (2-1).

Eastern’s Tyrek Samuel has scored 10 touchdowns this season, with nine of them on rushes and the other on a reception.

Reidsville coach Jimmy Teague is a former head coach at Eastern Alamance in the 1980s.

Williams at Eastern Randolph
Both teams hold 2-1 records.

Williams is trying to win three of its first four games for the first time since a 4-0 mark to begin the 2017 season.

Eastern Randolph claimed an 8-6 victory against the Bulldogs last September in Burlington, marking by far the closest scare in an undefeated regular season for coach Burton Cates’ team. No other Eastern Randolph game all season was decided by fewer than 18 points.

Since losing its opener at Eastern Alamance this year, Eastern Randolph has topped visiting Asheboro and won at Walkertown. The Wildcats are off next week.

Wake Christian at Graham
Both of these teams hold 0-3 records, so this would appear to be a good chance for first-year Graham coach Bobby Houston Jr. to post his first victory. The Red Devils take on a Wake Christian team that’s from Raleigh, where Houston played collegiately for North Carolina State.

This is one of only two games on Wake Christian’s schedule against a team in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.


Cummings off this week
The Cavaliers (2-1) have the week off. Coach David Grimm said the Cavaliers can use this time to shore up several areas. He was planning to use the early portion of the week for some more in-depth studying of game footage from the team’s past games.


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