DUBLIN — The Knights of West Bladen High will face their stiffest test of the season when they travel to Whiteville on Friday for a meeting with the Wolfpack, a former Waccamaw Conference foe.
Last season, Whiteville beat the Knights at The Castle in a non-conference game, 35-13.
“This will be your biggest challenge of the season so far,” West Bladen coach Russell Dove told his players after they beat West Columbus, 57-22, last week. “This game (against Whiteville) will really tell us where we are as a team.”
West Bladen comes into the game at 2-0, having outscored its first two opponents by a 99-30 margin.
The Wolfpack will offer up an offense that operates out of the shotgun that looks like the single wing and wing T. The offense is run by quarterback Nydir Carr and often goes through running back Terrin Manning.
Last week, Manning rushed for 191 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries against East Bladen, and Carr added 61 yards on seven keeps — but the Wolfpack, 1-1, was handed a 28-19 loss.
On defense, Whiteville operates out of a 40 base and has plenty of size up front. The defense is led by linebacker Garrett Wilson.
The Wolfpack defense got worn down by the Eagles last week in the second half. In all, they allowed 208 yards and two touchdowns by Farrell Murchison and another 55 yards by Ethan Hines. East Bladen rushed for more than 350 yards in the game.
One area Dove is hoping his Knights will cut back on are the penalties. Last week against the Vikings, West Bladen was flagged 10 times for 82 yards. Penalties also erased two Knights touchdowns.
But Dove said last week that he is happy with the progress his defense is making, and that his offense has a lot of weapons.
Against West Columbus, the Knights rushed for more than 440 yards — led by Malique McDowell’s 191 yards and Malcolm Vaight’s 141 yards — and quarterback Colby Lewis was efficient with his passes, going 3-for-5 for 71 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown toss to Vaught.
Attempts to contact Dove for this story were unsuccessful.
Kickoff in Whiteville is set for 7:30 p.m.