Knights looking for first gridiron win against Midway

By: W. Curt Vincent - Bladen Journal

DUBLIN — West Bladen coach Kris Williams knows the history against Midway, and he’s hoping his Knights can change the trend Friday when the Raiders visit The Castle for a non-conference game.

“There have been times when, if we’d played like we should have, we may have won,” he said this week. “Last year was not one of those times.”

West Bladen is 0-6 overall against Midway, the last four coming when the Raiders were Four County Conference opponents between 2013 and 2016. Last year’s confrontation ended in a 42-20 Midway win.

The fact that Midway is a familiar foe is helpful to both teams. And the fact that Williams said the Raiders “are almost a mirror image of what we do” also makes preparations easier.

Midway will still offer the Knights plenty of challenges on Friday.

On offense, Midway will operate out of a Wing T with a few wrinkles that could include a spread formation from time to time. The offense is led by senior quarterback Antonio Martinez with running backs Sha’King Warren and Anthony McCoy behind him. He also has senior tight end Colby Pope as a weapon available in the flat.

The Raiders defense lines up in a 4-4 and is led by senior linebacker Logan Rogers.

Williams was succinct in his keys to winning Friday.

“We have to cut out mistakes,” he said. “We have to have good execution, take care of the ball and everyone has to do their job.”

He added that the Knights will be at full strength Friday.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

W. Curt Vincent can be reached at 910-862-4163 or

W. Curt Vincent

Bladen Journal