Upson Lee Knights vs Pike County Pirates
When: Sept. 4
Where: Matthews Field (Thomaston)
Last Season: UL (7-3), PC (2-8)
Last Meeting: UL def PC 41-7 (2014)
Series: UL leads PC 2-1
Head Coaches: UL- Tommy Parks (7-3 at UL, 2nd season - 61-57 overall, entering 12th season) PC- Brad Webber (18-24 at PC, 5th season, 18-24 overall entering 5th season)
Key Pike Co. Players- #17 QB/FS Nick Butler, Sr (6-3, 190), #13 TE/P/K Jacob Fuqua, Sr (6-3, 225), #2 LB/FB Hunter Hudson, Jr. (6-1, 215)
Parks on Pike County: “They have a bunch of hard working kids that are very well coached. They have had Upson Lee’s number in the past, and it’s always tough to open the season up against a disciplined team like the Pirates.”
Over the next several weeks, The Times will bring readers a preview of the 2015 Upson Lee football season. Last season the Knights finished with a 7-3 record overall, their best record since 2005, when then-coach Mike Majors led the Knights to a 9-3 record.
As was the case last season, the Knights will start 2015 with a bye week, and play 10 straight games without a week off. In 2014, the Knights kicked off their season with a 41-7 drubbing over Pike County in Zebulon. This season kicks off with the Pirates invading Matthews Field on September 4.
“They have a bunch of hard working kids that are very well coached,” said UL head coach Tommy Parks of Pike County’s football team.They have had Upson Lee’s number in the past, and it’s always tough to open the season up against a disciplined team like the Pirates.”
In last year’s game, Upson Lee combined for a total of 445 yards of offense, and led by a 41-0 score in the fourth quarter. Kalen Puckett’s 213 yards passing in the game was the third highest single-game total in school history. Those yards also gave him over 1,000 for his career.
Puckett is back under center, or in the shotgun depending on the formation, for the Knights for his junior season in 2015. Also returning to face the Pirates in 2015 is O’qualon Harris, who also had a career game for the Knights last year up in Zebulon.
Harris caught five passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns in the contest. Harris’ 132 yards receiving was the third highest single-game total in school history.
The Knights had three players rush for over 45 yards in the game, and two of those players will return to face the Pirates in just over a month. Puckett rushed for 48 yards and a TD in the game, while Quay Reviere carried the ball just five times for 57 yards and a score in the game. Harris will be a senior this season, and is also expected to get a bulk of the workload in the backfield along with junior Markevius Robinson. The leading rusher last year was Kenderius Pennyman, running for 97 yards last season. Pennyman ended his high school career last season.
Pike County lost several seniors off of last season’s team, including running back Tra Harris. Harris rushed for a touchdown last season against Upson Lee, the only score of the game for the Pirates.
The Knights will look to repeat their success on September 4, when they host the Pike County Pirates for their 2015 season opener at Matthews Field.
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