South View on Target for Perfect Season

It was supposed to be your typical Hope Mills South View-Fayetteville E.E. Smith battle. A close game, highlighted with division I-A talent, and marked with lots of smash mouth football that would eventually crown the Two River Conference Champion.

However, all 4,158 fans in attendance – including South View followers – were completely shocked at the game's end result. It wasn't the fact that the Tigers beat the Golden Bulls it was how. South View not only pulled a shutout but beat their nemesis by 32 points.

"We played very hard for 32 minutes," explained South View TE/DE Jonathan Hannah. "I really didn't expect the game to turn out like that personally. I think we stayed on them and I think they kind of gave up"

With the win, the Tigers overcome the last real obstacle until playoff time as the combined records of their last three opponents is a dismal 7-14. Therefore, not only is a Two River Conference Championship prime for the picking, ending the season undefeated is also a very attainable goal.

"Well, we can't really think about their records because that can lead to a loss," remarked Hannah. "We need to stay level headed and keep working hard. And to go undefeated will be very difficult but if we play like were capable of playing than we certainly can do it."

To end the season undefeated, the Tigers might not need to necessarily bring their A game as Hannah suggests.

In the past two seasons, the Tigers have a combined 5-1 record against the three teams in question (Fayetteville Cape Fear, Fayetteville Sanford, and Fayetteville Pine Forest). Additionally, South View has beaten the three teams by a combined score of 163 to 58 including two shutouts (both against Sanford).

The 2004 version is arguably the best team South View has fielded since their 2000 team represented the East in the 4A State Championship Game. If this season's squad looks to better the 2000's feats, they will have to overcome a playoff path that isn't such a cake walk as the regular season.

The main obstacle in the postseason: New Bern, who has knocked the Tigers out of the playoffs the past two seasons.

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