Young Eagles glad to be home

Published 12:25 pm Wednesday, August 29, 2012

LASKER – Northeast Academy will be down one more player.

The Eagles, looking to bounce back from Friday’s setback against St. David’s, lost Trey Futrell for 10 days due to a bone spur.

“That puts us down to 13 active players,” second-year Northeast mentor Stevie Flythe said. “We’re doing the best we can with what we have right now.”

The Eagles are down from 24 players last year to 13 this season and Flythe said he was concerned about both the numbers and his team’s lack of experience heading into Friday.

Cary Christian School is coming in fresh off a 28-27 win over Rocky Mount Academy while Northeast suffered a 42-6 loss at the hands of St. Davids.

Flythe said his main concern was the experience Cary would bring into the contest.

“I think the big edge they have on us is experience,” he said. “They are returning pretty much their entire team from last year. That’s something we’re concerned about.”

The coach said he thought his team would be more prepared this week, much like they were last season.

“We were back on our heels last week,” Flythe surmised. “It looked a lot like our first game last year, but I’m hoping we’ll do the same as last year and turn it around in week two.”

The coach said his team’s strong point was the running of Bo Daniel, one of the area’s top backs who returns for Northeast.

“I think everyone will be keying on Bo,” Flythe said. “In order for him to succeed, we’ll be relying on Christian Fleetwood at quarterback. We’ll open things up more for him this week.”

Another key for the coming week will be playing at home, according to the coach.

“It’s very important to be at home, especially coming off a loss,” he said. “On the road, you have to worry about travel and all the stuff that goes with it.

“It’s a lot easier when you’re at home and you have your crowd supporting you,” he added. “You know your field and you can anticipate support. I think its 10 times easier playing at home.”

The Eagles will have their second contest of the 2012 season when they welcome Cary Christian at 7:30 p.m. Friday.