Orange football finally got a chance to scrimmage on Friday night at Auman Stadium in Hillsborough. The Panthers varsity team scrimmaged for 30 plays. Orange’s defense shutout the Pirates, limiting them to three first downs while forcing three turnovers. Senior linebacker Elijah Danley had two interceptions, both on Riverside’s second possession. Senior nose tackle Nate Hecht had three tackles for loss, including one on the second play of the scrimmage. Orange will start the season next week against the triple-option attack of South Granville in Creedmoor. Hecht, Danley, Jackson Wood and Brendon Worsham all return for the Panthers on defense as they hope to start with a victory in the season-opener, something Orange hasn’t had since 2017. Both Hecht and Danley were busy after the spring football season ended. Danley competed as a long jumper and triple jumper in track and field, while Hecht wrestled for Coach Spenser Poteat.

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