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North Lincoln Knights’ head coach Lonnie Custer is playing down the ‘revenge’ talk entering Friday’s game versus the East Lincoln Mustangs maintaining his kids just want to win.
“You’re playing your county rival. We played with them for about 16 minutes. Our kids just want to win. I know it’s a little more special against East Lincoln, but they want the W—no matter who it’s against,” he said.

Against an experienced Charlotte Catholic football team, the Knights were only able to muster 66 yards passing. That’s a fact Custer wants to turn around this week against the Mustangs.
“We have to do a better job of protecting the QB. We also have to be more consistent and have some more ball-control drives,” he said.
The coach believes that while they’re not the most heralded unit on a football team, the o-line may be the most important.
“The offensive line has to step up. We’re only going to go as far as they’re going to take us, so we really need them to have a good week,” Custer said.

Tailback Ryan Sykes, who put up over a 100 yards against in the season opener is a concern for Custer and staff.
“He’s a good running back. He’s a pretty strong kid with good feet and he can definitely cause a lot of problems,” he said.
Custer feels that the Mustangs do a good job at the line of scrimmage.
“We have to contain their running game. They do a good job upfront. We’re going to have to make them drive the ball and stop big plays,” he said.
While the Mustangs have not netted any points in the last two games, Custer is not buying into the hype that they’re not a good offensive team.
“I think they’re better offensively than what the results have shown,” he said.

Custer believes the biggest x-factor this week is simply not having enough practice time due to the inclement weather.
“It’s preparation, being able to have a normal game week, it’s going to be tough. We’re going to have to fit four days of practice into two hopefully. The only good thing is that East Lincoln couldn’t practice either.”

by John Mark Brooks

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