DUBLIN — The West Bladen Knights had very little time to savor its season-opening win over South Robeson on Monday. Within just a handful of hours, their focus became locked in on West Columbus — their opponent Friday night in Cerro Gordo.
Coach Russell Dove knows getting win No. 2 won’t be easy.
“They have some terrific people over there, terrific athletes and coach Mark Little always does a good job preparing his teams,” said Dove, who worked as a football assistant coach for six seasons for the Vikings.
The Knights last played West Columbus in 2010, and came away with a 27-7 win. This time around, West Bladen will be facing several challenges from the Vikings.
“They played a tough first game (a 28-15 loss to East Columbus) so they’ll be hungry for a win at home, and they had the luxury of a full week of practice, unlike us,” Dove said.
West Columbus’ offense operates out of the Power I, and is led by running back Rostin Bromell and lineman Kalyk Banks.
On defense, the Vikings line up in a 40 scheme with variations. The defense is led by the solid linebacking crew of Biron McNealy, Josh tart and Adrian Buie.
“They are big and fast,” Dove said, “and they will match us for strength and speed.”
Dove said his Knights are still getting over some season-opening bumps and bruises, but should be ready to go.
He also said the keys to winning Friday night are simple.
“We’ll have to be sure not to do things that will hurt ourselves, as well as tackle and block well,” Dove said. “Monday’s win helped, giving the kids a confidence builder, but it’s still just a building block to the next game.”