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home : sports : local sports April 29, 2016

9/12/2012 12:17:00 PM
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Eagles set to host Spartanburg

Jacob Lethco
Staff Writer

GREENWOOD, SC - After back to back road wins against Dorman and Irmo, the Greenwood Eagles will play host to the Spartanburg Vikings Friday night at J.W. Babb Stadium. Spartanburg is currently 1-2, losing to Union County 41-33 in week one, shutting out Laurens 24-0 in week two and losing to South Pointe 33-3 in week three.

“Their record is deceiving,” Greenwood Head Coach Gene Cathcart said. “They played very well against Union County and had a chance to win, handily beat Laurens and then lost to South Pointe last week, who is one of the best teams in the state and has a chance to win it all in our classification. Spartanburg will always be Spartanburg; they are still a very talented football team.”

The Vikings’ employ a pass heavy offense, which will test Greenwood’s young secondary. That secondary helped force six turnovers against Irmo in week two.

“They throw the ball a lot, and have thrown for a lot of yardage so far,” Cathcart said. “It will definitely be a test for our secondary.”

On defense, the Vikings are lead by Simeon Byrd and Justin Bridges-Thompson, both highly touted linebackers.

“They have two guys in Simeon Byrd and Justin Bridges-Thompson who are preseason all-state selections, which is very rare to have on one team,” Cathcart said. “They are both expected to be named to the Shrine Bowl team or North/South team; so, needless to say, they (Spartanburg) are very talented on defense. They (Spartanburg) have been emotionally fragile at some points when they have fallen behind, but when they are out in front, they are a very good football team.”

After two emotional road wins in consecutive weeks, Cathcart explained that keeping things in perspective will be key as his Eagles’ squad prepares for Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7:30.

“I hope our guys realize that Spartanburg is a very talented team,” Cathcart said. “They (Spartanburg) are looking for a signature win early in the season, so hopefully we will come out ready to play and come out on top.”

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