DUBLIN — Although the euphoric feeling of opening the 2013 season at 2-0 has the Knights riding high, they have been brought back to earth with the challenge of Friday’s game against an always-tough Whiteville team.
“We’ll be put to the test, there’s no doubt about it,” said West Bladen coach Russell Dove. “Coach Little always does a good job over there. They are playing well and look solid on film.”
The Wolfpack is coming off a 17-8 win over East Bladen, a game in which the Eagles ran into a stiff defense.
That defense, which shows a 40 front with a a 4-3 or 4-4 setup, is led by lineman Spencer Campbell, lineman Austin Reeves and defensive back Aljere Adams.
“They come right after you,” Dove said. “And they won’t slow down.”
Over on the offensive side of the ball, Whiteville operates out of the Wing-T and features the run — although the Wolfpack broke a few pass plays out of the playbook against East Bladen last week.
The leaders on offense include quarterback Dylan Williams, running backs Tyqwann McDougal and Nate Powell.
“Their skill people are really good, but their front line does a good job of blocking,” Dove said.
last season, West Bladen’s spread offense put up 21 points against Whiteville, but the defense allowed 57 points. So far this season, the Knights’ defense is giving up just 19.5 points per game, and Dove knows they will need that kind of effort to have a chance to reach 3-0.
“We’re going to have to tackle better than we did last week,” Dove said. “But we also have to block better and take a whole lot better care of the football.”
Dove said everyone is healthy and should be available Friday.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.