BY DENNIS CLAYTON
East Union will wrap up their 2014 season on Friday with a home game against the playoff-bound Hatley Tigers. East Union will finish out of the playoffs after making it to the second round last season.
“Hatley is a much improved team from last year, they are in the playoffs for the first time in their school’s history,” East Union coach Scott Duley said. “They throw the ball well and run the ball well. They are well-coached, have skilled linemen and I am impressed with their execution.”
Hatley has been averaging 210 yards rushing and 127 yards passing over the first nine games of the season.
Chance Lindsey has rushed for 1,180 yards and 12 touchdowns to lead the Tiger offense. In the passing department, Hatley is led by quarterback Jonathan Waycaster whose passing numbers are 49 of 127 for 1,146 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Hatley is led in receiving by the duo of Jaylon Jernighan and Keyshawn Forchee. Jernighan has 21 catches for 493 yards and five touchdowns while Forchee has 20 catches totaling 275 and three touchdowns.
“The defensive scheme we have this week is a good one, but we have got to execute,” Duley said. “If we don’t execute, it won’t be good, but if we do, I think we can slow their offense down and then score when we are on offense.”
East Union will counter with Zane Wilkinson at quarterback, Jamie McCullough will be at running back and Lane Plunk will be a dual threat rushing and receiving. Thomas Moore led the Urchins last week with four catches against Mantachie.
“We will essentially have the same personnel that we had last week,” Duley said. “We may be a little more senior-heavy on defense since it will be the last game these seniors.”
Duley listed these keys for the Urchins to win: no turnovers, be productive early and do not give up the big play defensively.