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Originally published: 2013-09-11 12:52:33
Last modified: 2013-09-11 12:53:17

Vikings, Pioneers clash in annual bucket battle

Jamie Shell / (

With a combined four wins in five games to start the season, both Avery and Watauga enter this week's border rivalry contest this Friday, Sept. 6, at MacDonald Stadium on a roll.

Avery is coming off its best performance of the season thus far, a 34-13 rout of Thomas Jefferson, while Watauga has had two weeks to prepare for the Vikings, with a bye week following its 13-7 overtime victory on the road on Aug. 30 against Ashe County.

Watauga defeated Avery 35-20 at Jack Groce Stadium in last year's contest and has won five of the past seven times the teams have met.

Scouting the Pioneers

Watauga is coached by first-year head coach Ryan Habich, who came to Boone in the offseason from Fuquay-Varina High School, near Raleigh. The Pioneers returned only one offensive and one defensive starter from last year's club. WHS utilizes the triple option and multi-wingbone offenses, while employing a 3-4 defensive scheme.

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