Honaker and George Wythe both had big matchups in week five.
It doesn’t get any easier for either team in week six.
The Honaker Tigers (3-1) are set to trek to Wytheville to take on the George Wythe Maroons (3-2) on Friday for a 7 p.m. battle.
George Wythe is no stranger to big game atmospheres. In the early going, the Maroons have found themselves on the losing end against Radford and Chilhowie. The Maroons have been victorious against Marion, Fort Chiswell and Auburn this past week.
The Maroons defended their home field in last week’s contest with Auburn. George Wythe was able to hold off a good Eagles team, 34-27.
It was Cole Simmons’ 51-yard touchdown pass to Jacquez Younger with 1:38 left on the clock to squeak the Maroons by Auburn.
Simmons was 8-of-16 for 103 yards and two touchdowns. He Maroons quarterback also reached the end zone via the ground.
Ravvon Wells ran the rock 36 times for 194 yards and two touchdowns. Wells was also on the receiving end of a 14-yard pass from Simmons.
Wells has 518 yard on the season thus far. Simmons has tossed seven touchdowns and one interception through the air while amassing 557 yards in the air. Simmons has been a weapon on the ground as well, churning out 361 yards.
They welcome a Honaker Tigers team to town Friday.
Honaker fell to the Grundy Golden Wave 20-0 last Friday at Nelson Memorial Field in their first loss of the season.
Honaker looks back at the turnover category with disgust. The Tigers fumbled the ball five times, only losing two on the evening. Honaker also had two interceptions on the evening.
While holding Grundy to six points going into the fourth quarter, the Tigers had plenty of chances to take a lead. However, three of the four Honaker turnovers came in Grundy territory.
The Tigers did have some bright spots on the afternoon. Running back Trevor Dye had 107 yards on 20 carries in the Black Diamond District contest with Grundy.
Dye has gained 485 yards on the season. The Tigers tailback has also found the end zone six times on the ground.
George Wythe hopes to continue its winning ways, while the Tigers hope to get into the win column within their most difficult stretch of their schedule.
Friday’s matchup will mark the sixth meeting in a series that dates back to 2012. George Wythe leads the series 4-1. Honaker’s lone win in the series was a 35-3 triumph in 2014. The most notable matchup between these schools is the 2012 state championship in which H.S. Ingo and the Maroons took home the gold after a 17-10 victory over Doug Hubbard and the Tigers.
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