GREENWOOD, SC – After knocking off Fort Mill 42-7 in the first round of the Division II, 4A State Playoffs, the third-seeded Eagles will play host to the sixth-seeded North Augusta Yellow Jackets Friday night at J.W. Babb Stadium. With a win this Friday, the Eagles’ senior class will set a school record for most wins in a four year period of the program. They are also tied for the most wins in a three year period with 38. The talented group of seniors already holds the record for the longest home win streak at 25 games. The previous mark was 24, dating back to 1946-1949.
“All of those young men are certainly just as good of young men as they are football players,” Greenwood Head Coach Gene Cathcart said. “We are proud of their accomplishments on the football field and also of the great young men they have become off the field.”
North Augusta, after finishing the regular season at 9-3, outlasted Nation Ford in the first round, 43-29. The Yellow Jackets are averaging 33.5 points per game on offense, allowing just 13.8 points per game defensively.
“Offensively, they are very talented,” Cathcart said. “They have a tremendous running back and utilize him in many ways. Defensively, they are giving up under 14 points per game, so they are very good on both sides of the ball. It will be a big challenge for our football team.”
In order for Greenwood to move one game closer to the Division II, 4A State Championship game, winning the turnover battle will be key. The Eagles have a turnover margin of +21 so far this season.
“The first thing for us will be to limit their big plays on offense,” Cathcart said. “We can’t get beat by the big play. We also have to continue to win the turnover battle. The team that minimizes the mistakes Friday will be the team that’s successful.”