The West Lincoln Rebels felt like they let last yearâ€™s season opener against the Fred T. Foard Tigers get away.
Ever since the loss last year, Rebelsâ€™ head coach Butch Parker has circled this game as a pivotal game. A win or loss can set the tone for the rest of the year in some cases.
According to Parker, there are two plays that the Tigers have a penchant for running.
â€œThey love to run the power play and the toss sweep. They have size and power in the backfield, but I think Antonio Rojo and Daniel Soto can lead our defense,â€ he said.
With the Rebels losing to the Tigers back-to-back years, itâ€™s clear they have revenge on their minds.
â€œItâ€™s at our place and theyâ€™ve beat us two years in a row. Last year, I didnâ€™t have our kids prepared to play the whole game and this year I believe they will be,â€ Parker said.
On defense, Foard runs a 3-5â€” one that could pose problems for Rebelsâ€™ running back Will Tallent.
â€œThey essentially put eight people in the box, so weâ€™ll have to get them out of that. They crowd the line to try to take the fullback out of the game,â€ Parker said.
Itâ€™s unclear whether or not West fullback Paul Chambers will be able to play in the season opener due to a fractured wrist.
Parker feels one key will be discipline in running the new I-Wing offense West Lincoln put in prior to this season.
â€œWe got to attack them in the places we think theyâ€™re vulnerable. We have to run our offense, thatâ€™s why we put it in.â€
The coach believes one unit could end up making the difference in Fridayâ€™s game.
â€œIn the first game of the season and nobody having a good look at the special teams unit. I think thatâ€™s going to be crucial because you canâ€™t have your special teams in the scrimmage,â€ Parker said.
The Rebels as of Monday were still in search for a placekicker, possibly looking to fill the need by looking to the Rebelsâ€™ soccer program.
The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at West Lincoln. by John Mark Brooks