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Bears look to bounce back; Jags, ‘Barons hit the road

High school football in the Roanoke-Chowan area continues this week with three games on the schedule.

First Flight at Hertford County

Hertford County High School will attempt to put last week’s 32-6 home loss vs. Northeastern behind them as the Bears host conference foe First Flight High School. Kick-off is set for 6 p.m. at Bears Stadium.

“Northeastern played well defensively against us,” said HCHS head coach Terrance Saxby. “We played okay, but we couldn’t get going offensively.”

Looking ahead to First Flight – who, like the Bears, are off to a 1-1 start, Coach Saxby knows his team must be prepared mentally and physically.

“First Flight is well coached; they’re very disciplined and is the type of team that’s not going to beat themselves,” Saxby noted. “They run multiple formations offensively.

“We need to sharpen our offensive execution and limit the number of penalties,” Saxby added, referencing the 14 flags thrown against the Bears against Northeastern. “Defensively we need to tackle well.”

Gates County at Perquimans

The Red Barons have opened the season with consecutive home losses vs. North Edgecombe and Manteo.

This Friday, Gates County (0-2) hits the road for the first time as they make the trip to longtime conference rival Perquimans County (2-0).

“Perquimans has a good group of skilled players,” said Red Barons head coach Matt Biggy. “They have a good quarterback who can run and pass. They also good running backs and receivers, all with good speed. They’re capable of scoring a lot of points.

“We’re just looking for improvement each week,” Biggy added. “We’ve got low numbers [amount of players] this year, which cost us a chance to play our season opener against Hertford County.”

Northampton at Southside

Northampton opened its delayed season last week with a win over North Edgecombe. This Friday, the Jaguars (1-0) will travel to Southside High School (0-2).

“Southside has a young team, but they run the Wing-T on offense, which can be tough to defend,” said Northampton head coach George Privott. “Our defense played well in the opener last week and we hope to continue that type of effort this week.

“We need to eliminate turnovers and have good execution on offense. We made a few mistakes in our opening game and are working this week on correcting them,” Privott concluded.