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Trying to stop the bleeding

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.

It’s clear what Knights’ head coach Lonnie Custer wants against the Yellow Jackets who are surrendering 30 points a game on defense.
“We’re going to have to do a better job protecting the football and put a lot of points on the board early,” he said.
The Knights’ 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.
“I’m looking for a big game out of Pablo. He’s chomping at the bit to get back in there and I’m looking for him to have a really big game on offense and on defense,” 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 they’re comfortable doing.
“We have to slow down their running game and have to make them pass to beat us,” 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.
“We also have to limit the big plays and try to force more turnovers. That’s something we’ve been very deficient in the last four games about.”

With the offense sputtering at times of late, Custer is looking for significant contributions to be made by his special teams’ unit.
“We have to do a better of using special teams to gain field-position advantages. We’ve definitely gotten beat in that area the last few games. They have definitely been hurting us.”
by John Mark Brooks

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