Honaker set to battle Northwood

Northwood (1-7) at Honaker (4-4)

Doug Hubbard and the Honaker Tigers looks to bounce back on Senior Night at Fuller Field against the Northwood Panthers on Friday.

The Tigers made the trip to Glade Spring a week ago to do battle with Region 1D’s best in the Patrick Henry Rebels. Mark Palmer’s squad pummeled Honaker by a score of 49-21. Trevor Dye led the Honaker rushing attack with 70 yards. Isaac Perkins accounted for two touchdowns against the Rebels—one through the air and one on the ground. The passing touchdown was a result of a 77-yard strike to Chandler Hubbard. However, the Tigers could not stop the high powered offense of Patrick Henry. 

The Black Diamond District champions looks for its fifth win of the season—which would tie Honaker’s win total from a season ago. 

Tim Johnson’s first year at the helm of the Northwood Panthers has been a struggle. Northwood was shut out for the third consecutive week—and the fourth time this season—last week against Rural Retreat in a 26-0 contest. Seth DeBusk threw for 71 yards for Northwood while Robert Burkett added 45 yards on the ground for the Panthers. 

Northwood’s lone win came in a 18-0 decision over Twin Valley in week three of the season. However, even when you include Northwood’s lone win, the Panthers have only scored 44 points this season. 

Friday’s matchup will be the ninth meeting between these two squads in a series that dates back to 1987. Honaker currently holds a 5-3 edge after winning the last four contests between these two exotic cats. Northwood last defeated Honaker in 1990 under the direction of Jeff Raines. 

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Bennett

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