ELIZABETHTOWN — Big wins against a pair of winless Four County Conference foes has allowed East Bladen to right its ship and get on a mini roll. But if that roll is to continue, it will have to do so against a formidable Wallace-Rose Hill team on Friday.
The Bulldogs (7-1, 4-0) come to the Eagles Nest as the conference’s top-scoring team with 346 points with the conference’s stingiest defense, having given up a paltry 48 points through eight games.
“They’ve got a rally good football team,” said East Bladen coach Robby Priest. “There are lots of athletes over there.”
On the offensive side of the ball, Wallace-Rose Hill operates primarily out of the Wing T and runs plenty of traps and sweeps with one of the best offensive lines in the region. But Priest said the Bulldogs aren’t afraid to throw the ball now and then.
The Eagles will have to keep tabs on running backs Alex Lisane and Jalen Robinson — Lisane has run for 605 yards and six touchdowns this season, while Robinson has run for 403 yards and three touchdowns. But they aren’t the only ones to focus on … 11 players have scored touchdowns for Wallace-Rose Hill. Eight touchdowns have been scored by tight end Dijon Kenan, and quarterback Emmitt Herring is as adept at running and throwing as he is at handing off.
On defense, Priest said that Kenan, who also plays on the defensive line, stood out.
“He’s tough,” Priest said. “He just keeps coming.”
The Bulldogs run their defense out of a 53 and will blitz whenever possible. In addition to Kenan, the Eagles will have to account for nose tackle Kevin Carney and linebacker Roddric Newton.
Priest said his Eagles have three main objectives on Friday.
“We can’t give up the big plays,” he said. “And we have to hold on to the ball so we can shorten the game, as well as lay off the penalties.”
A win on Friday would make East Bladen (3-5, 2-2) playoff eligible.