Game of the week - C.B. Aycock at Greene Central
By Andrew Stevens
Published in Sports on August 30, 2007 1:48 PM
SNOW HILL -- One team resembles the walking wounded.
The other hopes to shoot more than just blanks in its spread-shotgun offense.
When Greene Central and Charles B. Aycock meet Friday evening, the two teams hope to resolve their respective dilemmas. The latest installment of the non-conference series, which has been contested for nearly five decades, kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at the James R. Fulghum Athletic Complex.
The Rams (2-0 overall) staged a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback last week at Wilson Beddingfield. They scored twice in the final 12 minutes, including a game-winning 88-yard drive that ended on Aaron Harper's 5-yard touchdown.
"I've coached in three state championship games as an assistant, and won one, but this was the most-rewarding win for me," said Greene Central's Jim Bob Bryant.
However, the victory proved costly for Greene Central. Several key players endured injuries, including senior receiver/defensive back Danny Moye and senior lineman James Smith. Moye (neck) and Smith (hyper-extended elbow) are not expected to suit up against the Golden Falcons. A few other players have missed practice this week and their status is listed as a "game-time decision."
C.B. Aycock suffered a season-opening, 3-0 loss at Clayton last week.
The Golden Falcons accumulated just 98 yards of total offense, including 55 rushing. Devan Sanders led Aycock's ground attack with 26 yards on a mere three totes in the defensive standoff.
Ninth-year head coach Randy Pinkowski says the offense must show a little more potency this week.
"We learned that our offensive line hasn't quite jelled yet," said Pinkowski. "We had a couple of basic technique issues that we haven't done well. You're going to do those things early on.
"Hopefully, you'll do those things early, and get a chance to correct them before it counts."
Aycock limited Clayton to just 66 yards of total offense, but faces a bigger challenge Friday. Greene Central piled up 329 yards against Beddingfield and received a 128-yard, two-touchdown effort from Harper.
Harper is expected to get a steady dose of handoffs this week.
"We want to be a 50-50 team and mix in the run with the pass," said Bryant. "We feel certain that Aycock will be determined to stop our running game. We'll just have to dig in and fight for every yard."
Greene Central hasn't lost a home game in the series since 1987. The Rams walked into Pikeville last fall and dealt the Golden Falcons a 44-6 loss. Aycock was 5-0 at the time.
Neither coach is concerned with history.
"Most of our guys who were on that team are gone," said Bryant. "Some of the guys who were on that team are out with injuries. We're going to play a lot of young kids and we'll have some fresh faces out there.
"We're going to approach this game as both teams are 0-0 and just take it week to week."
Pinkowski shares Bryant's view, but added that remembering last year's blowout could help prevent another one.
"The past is the past with us," said Pinkowski, who is 1-7 all-time against the Rams. "We don't dwell on things. Our kids know the mistakes they made last year against Greene Central, I think they are ready to correct those mistakes.
"We'll see if it makes a difference. My kids are of the attitude that we're never the loser until we quit trying to win."
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