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Nearly everything head coach Lonnie Custer wanted in his first home game he received. The Knights had 426 yards of total offense while limiting Christ High to 164 yards. More importantly, North opened their new ‘Dungeon’ confines with 22-14.
He’s looking for a similar performance against Charlotte Christian on Friday.

Despite being pleased with his team’s play, Custer still believes there is plenty of room for improvement.
“We have to cut down on mental mistakes. We had way too many penalties. The two turnovers we had were both deep in their territory, so we have to cut them out,” he said.
Sophomore quarterback Trent Hopkins had a dream night in this first home football game passing for 202 yards while running for 117 more. North Lincoln also received a strong game from tailback Brandon Mull who caught nine passes for 88 yards and rushed for 55 more.
Custer hopes that the crisp execution they exhibited against Christ High will continue against Charlotte Christian.
“We have to keep executing the way we’ve been executing. We had a good mix of run/pass and the offensive line needs to perform at a high level again,” he said.

The Knights will face a passing attack this Friday, something they did not face in their opener.
“Charlotte Christian likes to throw the ball. We have to make sure we read our keys and then make plays. They have some pretty good athletes at receiver and a quarterback with a strong arm,” Custer said.
With the football expected to be in the air for most of the night, Custer knows his defensive backs will have to rise to the challenge.
“It’s going to be a big challenge for them. We tried to present it to them that you’re probably going to see 25-30 balls thrown your way, so you’re going to have to step up.”

The coach pointed to two x-factors for Friday’s affair: the kicking game and handling success.
“We have got to improve in the kicking game. We have to be more fundamentally sound on where we kick the football and make sure we stay in our lanes on kickoff and punt teams,” Custer said.
The Knights have already matched their win total from last year with their week one win. Custer and his staff have been reiterating the fact that his players need to forget about last week and look ahead.
“Our biggest thing is going to be focus this week. Our kids have never come off a home win before, so we spent a lot of time this week telling them that last week is over and we got to move on.”by John Mark Brooks

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