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Polk County quarterback Avery Edwards and the Wolverines travel Friday to Flat Rock to face East Henderson

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Much-improved East Henderson squad awaits Polk County

The East Henderson squad that Polk County will face Friday night doesn’t resemble Eagles lineups of recent years.

The East Henderson squad that Polk County will face Friday night doesn’t resemble Eagles lineups of recent years.

Meaning a potentially windy evening in Flat Rock won’t be the only challenge for the Wolverines.

“They’re the most improved team in Western North Carolina,” said Polk County head coach Bruce Ollis. “They’re playing with a lot of confidence right now.”

East will put its 3-1 record on the line Friday when Polk County visits for a non-conference clash. With rain from Hurricane Florence expected to begin moving into the area late Friday, the game is now scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. at E.L. Justus Field.

The Eagles will be looking to make a bit of history with a victory. East Henderson hasn’t won more than three games in a season since 2012 and also hasn’t defeated Polk County since October 14, 1994, with Polk County owning a seven-game winning streak in the series.

Key to maintaining that run for Polk County will be finding a way to slow an East Henderson offense averaging 37 points per game this season.

“They’ve got some explosive players,” Ollis said. “Tyler Pace, one of their wideouts, it seems like he catches a touchdown pass every four or five passes. Caleb Shipman has playmaking ability.

“The quarterback, Garrett Adkinson, is sneaky fast. He’s a very good decision maker. They’ll run some zone read and when they do, he’s an effective runner. And their running back, Zay Henderson, is very good.”

While certainly concerned about an East offense averaging 147 yards rushing and 134 yards receiving, Ollis and Polk County have focused more this week on the other team taking the field Friday.

“We feel like we need to take care of business at home.” he said. “We’ve got to rectify the mistakes, protect the football and not give up big plays defensively.

“Our main focus this week has been, do your job. One of the big keys for us right now is to be tremendously focused on every single play we run.”

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