ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen may have just three days to get ready for its Friday night Four County Conference clash with Clinton, but Eagles coach Robby Priest has known what to expect from the Dark Horses year after year.
The 5-0 Eagles will travel to Clinton to face the 3-1 Dark Horses — each 1-0 in the conference — for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. The game will be broadcast live on Cool 105.3 FM with the Bladen Sports Network crew of Ricky Leinwand, Robert Hester, Dan Allen, Joe Melvin and Ron Daniel. The pre-game starts at 7 p.m.
“It’d be nice if we could have made different decisions last week and have a normal week to practice,” Priest said. “But we’ve just got to put Monday’s game behind us and get after Clinton.”
The Dark Horses and Eagles are almost mirror images of each other — with an offense that will run right at the defense and a defense that stacks the box.
Clinton’s straight T offense is operated by sophomore quarterback Kris Williams, who is the link between the center and a stable of running backs led by junior Ryheem Skinner and fullback Rayquan Faison. The offensive line is young with three juniors and two sophomores, but has proven to be up to the task thus far.
The Clinton offense has scored 168 points this season, while the East Bladen defense has yielded just 57.
For the Dark Horses on defense, junior linebacker Isaiah Page and junior lineman Prentice Murphy are worth watching. The Clinton defense has given up just 51 points thus far, and the Eagles offense has scored 173.
Priest said East Bladen will have to slow down the Dark Horse’s ground game and control the clock with its own rushing attack.
“We also need to do a better job with the field position part of the game, which hurt us early against Midway,” he added. “And as always, we have to avoid costly turnovers and penalties.”
East Bladen is expected to be at full strength Friday.
W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.