BY DENNIS CLAYTON
East Union will return to the gridiron on Friday in their homecoming game with New Site. The game will also kick off division play for both teams.
East Union hopes to be rested and healed to a certain degree following an open date as they played their last game without the services of eight starters. The Urchins should return most of those starters for Friday’s game.
East Union enters the game with a record of 3-2 with wins over Houlka, Middleton, TN and TCPS. The Urchins lost to in overtime to Potts Camp and fell to Strayhorn in their last game.
Leading the Urchins offensively in their run-oriented offense is running back Jamie McCullough with 392 yards and three touchdowns. Lane Plunk has 181 yards with two touchdowns.
Zane Wilkinson and Plunk have split time at the quarterback position for the Urchins. Plunk has completed 14 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns while Wilkinson has five completions for 48 yards and two touchdowns.
Wilkinson leads the Urchins with five receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown. East Union has four players with three receptions apiece.
Jesse Keller leads the Urchins in tackles, recording 77 total tackles and two tackles for loss.
New Site is led on offense by dual threat senior quarterback Koie Jackson. Jackson has completed 12 of 33 passes for 213 yards in statistics provided through five games. Jackson has rushed for 202 yards.
J.T. Herring is the leading New Site rusher with 106 carries for 563 yards and Quentin Greiziak has 29 carries for 263 yards.
New Site has wins over Thrasher (16-6), Biggersville (62-28), Immanuel Christian (34-26) and Alcorn Central (38-14). Losses were to Kossuth and Independence.
Homecoming festivities begin at 6:30 with the presentation of the queen and her court. This marks the first time in school history that East Union has celebrated their homecoming during football season.
Kickoff will be at 7:00.