Wolfpack look to rebound against Hawks

Ridgeview Wolfpack (7-1)


Pike County Central Hawks (3-6)

When:  Friday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Where:  The Hawks Nest, Pikeville, Kentucky

Series all time:  Ridgeview leads 1-0 (Last meeting Ridgeview defeated Pike County Central 45-21 on October 27, 2017 in Rose Ridge, Va.)

The Ridgeview Wolfpack look to rebound from a potentially devastating loss last Friday night at the hands of the Abingdon Falcons.  The 36-30 loss in overtime cost the Wolfpack an outright district title and potentially a top seed in the region and the home field advantage that comes with it.

The Wolfpack must now move forward as control over who gets the top seed in the region now goes to the Union Bears.  The Wolfpack will look to win their final two non-conference games beginning this weekend across state lines. The Pack will travel to Pikeville, Kentucky to take on the Hawks of Pike County Central.

The Hawks are coming off a 47-6 loss to Kentucky powerhouse Belfry in their last contest and finish up their regular season Friday night.  The Hawks playoff fate has already been sealed and they will face a long road trip to Lexington to face Lexington Catholic in round one of the KHSAA 3A playoffs next week.

Leading the way for the Hawks on offense is quarterback Tyler Hunt, who can throw and run the ball to great lengths.  Hunt had two touchdowns through the air and two on the ground in a 44-0 win two weeks ago against Sheldon Clark.

Pike County Central QB Tyler Hunt (photo courtesy Jarrod Clark)

On defense for the Hawks, linebacker Nate Roberts is the player to watch.  Roberts had 12 tackles and two sacks in the victory over Sheldon Clark.

Pike County Central LB Nate Roberts (photo courtesy of Jarrod Clark)

For the Wolfpack, the offense continues to put up yards and points.  However, the defense has shown signs of the grueling schedule over the last several weeks.  The Pack surrendered 420 total yards of offense in the loss to the high flying Falcons a week ago.

The key story for Friday night’s contest will not be the offense or defense of either team on the field, but, the potential for wet weather and a very sloppy field.  The Pack have yet to be tested in their four year existence in the mud and the muck of a quagmire field condition.  It will be very interesting to see how the Pack play in these conditions.

(special thanks to Jarrod Clark and @PCHawksHangout on Twitter for providing information and pictures for this article)


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