Friday Night Football — Opening Night Aug. 22, 2008

A few nuggets from Friday night’s season-opening action involving area teams:

Harnett Central 37, Lee County 3

ANGIER — Lee County scored first.

But Harnett Central took things from there. 

In the 2008 prep football opener Friday night, the Yellow Jackets had no answers for the Trojans and tailback Darius McKoy. 

After the Yellow Jackets scored on the opening drive, which was capped by a 26-yard field goal by Patrick Hamel, the Trojans scored 37 unanswered points to beat the Jackets 37-3 in the endowment game. 

McKoy rushed for 16 carries and 142 yards, scoring four touchdowns, including the first of the game early in the second quarter to help shift the momentum in favor of the Trojans. 

Trojans quarterback Brian Taylor also played a strong game, going 8-for-12 for 199 yards a touchdown and an interception. Taylor’s touchdown pass was a 37-yard bomb to C.J. Hill to put the Trojans ahead 14-3. 

Lee County’s only offensive bright spot was junior Omar Murriell who rushed for 107 yards on 18 carries. Andrew Stryffeler recorded two catches for 15 yards and sophomore Dequon Swan had nine yards on two catches.

Starting Jackets’ quarterback Dakota Hart finished 7 of 14 with 84 yards and an interception. He was also sacked twice. Backup quarterback Carson Wilson came in during the second drive of the third quarter and went 2 of 5 for 17 yards. Wilson, also, was sacked twice in the ballgame. 

Union Pines 14, Chatham Central 6

BEAR CREEK — Graham Haulsee picked the Union Pines Vikings up when they most needed it.

Haulsee scored on a 20-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter to give Union Pines its first lead and then rambled 58 yards for the clinching score in the fourth quarter to help the Vikings to a 14-6 victory over Chatham Central on Friday night.

The Bears, winless last season, were just 16 minutes from victory after quarterback Dylan Bounds plunged into the end zone on a keeper to make it 6-0 with 4 minutes to go in the third quarter.

Northwood 48, East Chapel Hill 14

CHAPEL HILL — This looked like 2007 all over again.

The young and inexperienced Chargers looked like veterans in their season opener on Friday night, routing East Chapel Hill 48-14.

Northwood came into the new season off its most celebrated stretch in the program’s history, winning two conference titles in three years while advancing to the state 2-A playoffs’ third round last season. But the Chargers graduated 22 seniors from 2007’s 12-2 squad, including N.C. State running back recruit Tobias Palmer.

Northwood hosts Western Harnett next week.

Fuquay-Varina 28, Western Harnett 6

LILLINGTON — Kyle Canfield attempted just four passes, but connected on two of them for touchdowns as Fuquay-Varina topped Western Harnett 28-6 on Friday night.

Corey Hunter had two touchdown runs for the Bengals as well, who outgained the Eagles by just 16 total yards, 257-241.

Western Harnett trailed 21-0 at the half before Shaun McLean scored on a 20-yard touchdown run to make it 21-6. The Eagles could get no closer.

McLean finished with 46 yards rushing while Chris Flack also had 46 yards rushing for Western Harnett. Quarterback Jared Bohn was 7-for-13 for 114 yards.

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