Last week, Tuscola’s football players got a taste of victory.
This week, they’re hungry for more.
It won’t be easy, but the Mountaineers get their shot at a win streak Friday when they travel to Weaverville to take on North Buncombe. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
“I really feel like there’s always that taste of blood, you know, always wanting more,” said junior defensive back Darien Lunsford, who’s been used as a receiver as well. “You’re always wanting to come back to practice and get better every week.”
After breaking into the win column against West Henderson, Tuscola (1-4, 1-3 Western Mountain Athletic 3-A Conference) will be taking on a North Buncombe squad that features versatile, talented running back Joe Jones.
The senior was held to half his per-game rushing average in last week’s 42-12 loss to class-of-the-league Reynolds, but the Mountaineers know how dangerous he can be.
Jones gains 7.2 yards per carry for the Black Hawks (3-2, 2-2) and is averaging a shade under 200 total yards through five contests this season. Tuscola coach Chris Brookshire described him as “probably one of the best players in Western North Carolina.”
“They use him in a lot of different ways and try to get the football in his hands,” Brookshire said. “I think if we can slow down the run game, we might have a chance in the fourth quarter to pull it out.”