This week’s Orange Defensive Player of the Week is senior linebacker Jackson Wood. Last week in Orange’s 26-14 win over Person, Wood had ten tackles, tied with Kameron Harshaw for the team lead. Wood had four tackles for loss, including a huge stop on Person quarterback Cole Garrett on 4th-and-3 from the Person 41-yard line in the first quarter. On the next play, Orange running back Ronald Cooper scored a touchdown. This season, Wood is second on the team with 43 tackles. He is third on the squad with ten tackles for loss. In addition to playing football, Wood is a fan away from the gridiron. He is a staunch fan of the Virginia Tech Hokies and has had the honor of being in Blacksburg to watch the famed “Enter Sandman” entrance inside Lane Stadium. On Friday night, Wood and the rest of the Orange Panthers will travel to a familiar place: Charger Stadium. The Panthers will face Northwood. The last two games between the Panthers and the Chargers have been nailbiters. Orange won in overtime in the fall of 2019, while Northwood held off Orange by a field goal last year in Pittsboro. This is the second straight year where Wood has been honored as the Defensive Player of the Game. He earned the same accolade in a win over Cedar Ridge last year.

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