The NBC 29/Kroger Tailgate Party will be on the road in Orange County Friday night, as the Hornets host Albemarle in their season finale.
The Patriots come into the game with a record of 6-3 after shutting out Louisa County last week.
Albemarle has won four-games in a row, and a win would give them at least a share of the Jefferson District title in their first season in the league.
AHS senior center Nyan Reid says, "It feels really good. The last few years we haven't had a really good record. To come out this year and be 6-3 feels really good."
Head coach Mike Alley says, "Our players know this game is very important game for them, for the season. They're not satisfied yet. They want to finish with one more."
"You only have a limited number of high school games to play," adds senior receiver Matthew Crist. "Everybody wants to go out on a good note, and hopefully we get to play on this field one more time."
While Albemarle is trying to win a district title, Orange County will be looking to stop them.
The record may not show it (1-8), but the Hornets have been playing very well of late, giving Monticello everything they could handle last week.
The message in Orange for the season finale: "Not In Our House."
Hornets head coach Keita Malloy says, "I know they're playing for a district title, and you have to protect your home field. Our goal is that it doesn't happen on our watch."
Senior defensive lineman Antonio Murphy says, "We're trying to ruin it for them. I don't want anyone coming in our house and winning a district championship on us."
"That's fuel to the fire for us," adds senior OL/DL Deion Hill. "We don't want a celebration on our field, so we're looking to take that away from them."
Senior running back Isaiah Ferguson says, "It means a lot. I'd like to come out with a victory in my last football game."
The Hornets and Patriots kick off Friday at 7:30 at Porterfield Park in Orange.
Mike Shiers joined the NBC29 News Team as a weekend sports anchor in September of 2009. Email
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