DUBLIN — Mother Nature reared her ugly head on Friday and caused the postponement of West Bladen’s opener in the Four County Conference against Union High in Rose Hill.
“It’s a tough situation for us,” West Bladen coach Russell Dove said. “It puts us in a different mode.
“We really wish we could have played Thursday like a lot of other teams did,” he added. “The short week puts us in a difficult spot to get ready for Wallace-Rose Hill, who played Thursday and gets an extra day.”
Dove said one of his biggest concerns is players with bumps, bruises and minor injuries being able to rebound and play by Friday.
“That’s a short amount of time to heal up,” he said. “On top of that, it gives us very little time to prepare for what they (Wallace-Rose Hill) has to offer. And they are loaded again.
“But now, Tuesday and Wednesday will be like our usual Saturday and Sunday,” he added. “But we’ll do the best we can.”
The Knights and Spartans each completed their non-conference schedule with 3-1 records and were looking to get off to a positive start in the conference on Friday. That confrontation was bumped to Monday, instead.
West Bladen pounded Union last season in the conference opener at The Castle, 50-21. But Dove is expecting a tough game for his Knights, who have a handful of players injured, including running back Malique McDowell. They are expected to have the services of running back De’quan Lennon, however.
“They have plenty of speed and a lot of good skill players who can really go,” Dove said. “We’re getting ready for a battle over there.”
He added that, even if there is rain Monday, they have no choice now but to play.
According to The Weather Channel on Friday, the forecast for Monday is for a 40-percent chance of showers later in the day, with a high of 81 degrees.
W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.