By Greta Tate | Wren Contributor
This is a big week for the Wren Hurricanes.
The Canes are preparing to play Belton-Honea Path on Thursday night, coming off a big 52-0 win against Palmetto. The Hurricanes’ record now sits at 6-2 overall 2-1 in Region 4A-I play while BHP leads the region with a perfect 3-0 record.
BHP is also looking for their seventh overall win Thursday night. They are led by senior quarterback Logan Milford and star running back, and future North-South bowl participant, R.J. Ellis. Ellis is helped by a strong offensive line. The Bears are fighting for a win this week, so they can go into next week’s tough game against Daniel on a high note.
Thursday night’s game is an important one in regard to the playoffs. Wren senior defensive back Harrison Morgan comments on the magnitude of the game, “BHP is a huge rivalry game especially this part of the season because it’ll determine if we have home-field advantage or not in the playoffs”. Wren is really focused on this game because it will help secure their spot in the region. Senior wide receiver Noah Black is ready to play the Bears saying, “The game this week is an important one. A win this Thursday could help us get one step closer to our goal of a top spot in the region. This week the coaches have put in a great game plan, and we are thoroughly prepared for Belton”.
This game is also a bittersweet one. Thursday night is Wren’s senior night, so it’s the Cane’s last regular-season home game. Coach Tate is proud of his seniors and says they’re a “special group” of boys. He has watched them grow and improve over the last four years. “They are better as athletes, as leaders, and they better understand the game,” says Tate. Wren is losing some strong players this year such as quarterback Joe Owens, star wide receiver Tyler Cherry, running back Logan Simmons, powerful defensive back Harrison Morgan, statement-making wide receiver Eli Wilson, linebacker Dez Frazier, punter Wilson Garand, and so many more impactful players.
Some players, like Harrison Morgan, have played under Coach Tate all four years of high school, so this game weighs even heavier for them. “Knowing it could be my last home game at Wren will make it an emotional night for sure because the last four years of my life I have been playing for Wren High School. It’ll be emotional, but at the same time, we just like to go out and play. That’s what we love to do, and just going out there with all my teammates, with my best friends, it’ll be a special night,” says Morgan. Harrison has been an integral part of the team through all the many tackles, sacks, and interceptions he’s had these past four years. Wren will definitely miss him and his explosiveness on defense. Morgan plans to take his talent to Wofford to play football next year.
Eli Wilson has been a star for the Canes in his many years playing for them. His 6’3” 220-pound build has allowed him to make unbelievable catches and explosive runs into the end zone. He’ll definitely be missed as he goes to Appalachian State to play football next year. He is thankful for the time he has had as a Hurricane. “It’s crazy this season has flown by. I don’t wanna think about it too much. I’m just trying to enjoy every moment. This experience these past 4 years has been the experience of a lifetime with so many memories I will never forget,” Wilson comments.
The Hurricanes are ready to take on the Bears Thursday night. They are determined not to let this be their seniors’ final home game.
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