DUBLIN — After two weeks of battling Mother Nature, the Knights of West Bladen are thankful to get back on a regular schedule as they prepare for Friday night’s home game against Heidi Trask.
On the other side of the ball, the Titans haven’t played a game since a 62-19 loss to Wallace-Rose Hill on Sept. 24. Their game against Union last week was postponed to Tuesday, then postponed until Monday next week.
“It’s good to get back on a normal schedule,” said West Bladen coach Russell Dove. “We had a good practice (Tuesday), even though we were working on only about 100 feet of the field that wasn’t under water.”
Depsite Trask’s record of 1-4 overall and 0-1 in the Four County Conference — as well as the long layoff and quick turnaround after Friday’s matchup with the Knights — Dove isn’t taking the Titans lightly.
“They have two or three players who can play with anyone in the conference,” he said. “We can’t let up one bit.”
Trask will keep 4-2, 1-1 West Bladen guessing with an offense that rarely lines up in the same formation twice in a row. The multiple-variation offense does like to operate out of the shotgun, but will show everything from a spread formation to triplets and everything in between.
The Titans’ offense, which has scored 107 points in their five games, is led by junior running back Steve Jordan, sophomore quarterback Tyrease Armstrong and senior tight end Johnathan Jordan.
“The running back is fast, and if you miss him he’ll be gone,” Dove said. “The quarterback offers a good one-two punch. And that tight end is a very good athlete.”
Over on defense, Trask will line up in a 53 — something Dove said has been easy to prepare for because “we’ve been seeing it the past couple of weeks.”
The Titans “D” is led by junior linebacker Joseph Chung, along with Steve Jordan at free safety, Johnathan Jordan at defensive end and Armstrong at defensive back. Trask’s defense has given up 156 points this season thus far.
For West Bladen, the offense has generated 176 points over the first six games and the defense has allowed 144 points thus far (42 to Wallace-Rose Hill in its last game).
Dove said some of the keys for West Bladen this week will include tackling better, executing on both sides of the ball, avoiding turnovers and penalties, and finishing drives in the red zone.
“We also have to be sure to get people in the right positions against their offense,” Dove added.
The Knights, playing without a number of key players over the past few weeks, are starting to get healthy and have begun to work players back into the lineup.
Kickoff on Friday will be at 7:30 p.m. at The Castle.
W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.