ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen will open its 2015 football season with a non-conference game on the road at South Columbus on Friday, and the mystery question is … will they or won’t they?
The Stallions don’t know. The Eagles fans have no idea. Only East Bladen coaches and players have any idea.
“We’ll have it available for when we need,” East Bladen head coach Robby Priest said about the Eagles using the new spread offense. “If we need it for a play or more, we’ll see.”
South Columbus was 5-7 overall last season and went 5-2 in the Three Rivers Conference.
The Eagles offense will be going up against a Stallions 40 front defense with plenty of size and linebackers that Priest said “can fly to the ball.”
The Stallions will offer up a Wing T offense, sometimes out of the shotgun, and Priest said “They have good speed with tall receivers and everyone is athletic.”
Senior Chase Gore is expected to lead the South Columbus offense at quarterback. The Stallions’ running backs include juniors Aaron Bellamy and Dennis Leggett, while the receiving corp includes senior Garrett Wilson, junior Mario Hernandez, junior Matt Miller and senior Jeffrey Daniels.
Priest, however, doesn’t have only South Columbus on his mind this week.
“We really need to concentrate on us mostly,” Priest added. “We need to work hard at getting better every play with what we are trying to do. Everyone has to do their job for us to be successful.”
Priest said the Eagles have had good practices this week and have focused on working out kinks from last week’s scrimmages.
“There’s been no sluggishness this week, which is really good,” Priest said. “We’re not where we want to to be, but we’re where we should be this early in the season. There’s till a lot of room for improvement.”
Priest said his keys this week to earn a win against South Columbus is for the defense to play downhill, execute on both sides of the ball, avoid turnovers and “stupid penalties.”
He added that there have been no injures that will keep anyone from being available Friday.
Kickoff in Tabor City is set for 7:30 p.m.
— W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.