By Greta Tate | Wren Contributor
The Hurricanes’ biggest game of their regular season is here as they get ready to play the Daniel Lions on Friday night. The Hurricanes are coming off a big 64-14 win against Pickens and are looking to improve to 6-1 with a victory.
Daniel will be the Hurricane’s biggest test so far this season, coming in with an undefeated 5-0 record. The Lions are coming off a close win last week over Palmetto, 49-42, and are ranked third in South Carolina’s AAAA rankings.
Daniel is led by senior quarterback, Tyler Venables who is most likely the Canes’ biggest threat going into Friday’s game. Starting junior linebacker Reed Morrissey talks about Venables as a quarterback who plays both ways and says “he’s just a freaky athlete, so we’ll have to contain him.” The Hurricanes’ defense is going to have to be on its A-game Friday, but Morrissey says, “We feel good going in and are confident with what we have”.
Daniel beat Wren in last year’s regular season, 51-31 and knocked them out of the playoffs, so Wren is coming into this game with a vengeance.
The Hurricanes are ready to bounce back from last year’s losses. “This week is an exciting week. Obviously, Daniel is an amazing team, and they have a lot of great talent. They really will be a great challenge for us, and we are looking forward to it. After losing to them twice last year the hype for this game has been unreal.” said senior running back Logan Simmons.
Shyheim Scotland, junior defensive back, is determined to come away with a win tomorrow, and he is confident in his team’s ability saying “Daniel is a very good team with a very good quarterback. But this week we were locked in and focused. We practiced hard, and I think I can speak for the team when I say that what happened against them last year won’t happen again this year.”
The Hurricanes have been rigorously preparing for Friday night’s big game. Star wide receiver Tyler Cherry says, “This is definitely our biggest game of the year. I feel pretty good about our odds. We have been preparing by watching film and practicing the schemes that they’ll run against us, so we’ll already know what they’re going to do. All we have to do is go out there and execute.” Cherry has no doubt in the preparedness of his team.
Head coach Jeff Tate realizes the obstacle ahead of them tomorrow night. “This game will be a challenge. Daniel is a really good team with a lot of experienced playmakers. We will have to play for four quarters, and we will need the support of our fans to help in this challenge” he states. He knows the atmosphere that the excitement from the crowd creates will help get the team pumped up and ready to play. Coach Tate makes sure his boys are focused and game ready when the clock strikes 7:30 on Friday night.
The Wren players are eager to get on that field and accomplish the task set before them. “It’s going to be a really fun night,” says Simmons.
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