DUBLIN — One week after putting together a furious rally that fell short against Clinton, the Knights of West Bladen are faced with the second of a three-legged Four County Conference stretch against the very teams they are battling with for a good Class 2-A slot in the playoffs.
Visiting the Castle on Friday will be the Midway Raiders, who, after a 6-0 start, comes in at 7-2 overall and 3-2 in the conference.
Midway will bring a solid Wing T offense from Dunn, one that is led by quarterback Taylor Calcutt and a long line of running backs that includes Troy Spell, Jeremy Robinson, Cody Baker and Atlantis Warren. The offensive line is a solid unit consisting of Cody Huffman, Calton Warren and Luke Clark.
The offense has generated a total of 299 points this season for an average of 33 points per game.
Over on the defensive side of the ball, the Raiders can boast of having one of the Four County Conference’s stingiest defenses, having given up just 115 points thus far — nearly a third of those, points, 35, came against conference toughie Wallace-Rose Hill.
The Midway defense, which will show a 40, 50 and other variations, is led by Clark, an all-county linebacker last season, and cornerbacks Jordan Thompson and Justin Thompson.
West Bladen will counter will its own run-based offense led by De’quan Lennon, who has rushed for 660 yards and eight touchdowns. Right behind him is Malcolm Vaught at 622 yards and nine touchdowns, along with Malique McDowell with 498 yards and three touchdowns.
Quarterback Colby Lewis has thrown for 499 yards and seven touchdowns — but he’s also run for 253 yards and five scores. Vaught has been on the receiving end of Lewis passes for 160 yards and six touchdowns.