North Lincoln looks to snap four-game losing streak on Friday
The North Lincoln Knights are in dire need of a win after suffering four-straight losses. The only thing that stands in front of them is the Bessemer City Yellow Jackets who are coming off a lopsided win over Cherryville.
Itâ€™s clear what Knightsâ€™ head coach Lonnie Custer wants against the Yellow Jackets who are surrendering 30 points a game on defense.
â€œWeâ€™re going to have to do a better job protecting the football and put a lot of points on the board early,â€ he said.
The Knightsâ€™ faithful can expect Josh McClain to see more carries after averaging 7.2 yards a rush versus Maiden.
Custer is also looking for a breakout game for wideout/safety Pablo Arguelles. Arguelles missed the second half against Maiden due to an injury.
â€œIâ€™m looking for a big game out of Pablo. Heâ€™s chomping at the bit to get back in there and Iâ€™m looking for him to have a really big game on offense and on defense,â€ he said.
With one of the standout running backs in the opposing backfield, Custer hopes his team can make Bessemer City throw the ball more than theyâ€™re comfortable doing.
â€œWe have to slow down their running game and have to make them pass to beat us,â€ he said.
An area the Knights have struggled, especially of late, is whenever the turnover battle. Custer looks for things to turn around this Friday.
â€œWe also have to limit the big plays and try to force more turnovers. Thatâ€™s something weâ€™ve been very deficient in the last four games about.â€
With the offense sputtering at times of late, Custer is looking for significant contributions to be made by his special teamsâ€™ unit.
â€œWe have to do a better of using special teams to gain field-position advantages. Weâ€™ve definitely gotten beat in that area the last few games. They have definitely been hurting us.â€
by John Mark Brooks