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Rebels to face Devils

It’s not a must-win game for the West Lincoln Rebels, but it certainly is a needed win as they meet the Newton-Conover Red Devils Friday night.
Rebels’ head coach Butch Parker understands how important the game is.
“It’s a critical game and a winnable game. They platoon but we’re pretty young too and so that’s a factor,” he said.

Offense
Coming off a game where West Lincoln only gained 113 yards on the ground, Parker and his staff want to work rushing the football back into the game plan more.
“We have to re-establish the run. We have to be able to run the football because that’s what our kids need to be able to do to be successful,” he said.
Newton will run a 4-4 defensive scheme. Although, Parker would like to run it more this week, he also wants to be able to do a better job passing.
“We’re not a throwing football team. Our throwing is based on our ability to run. In throwing the ball, we have to become more efficient in the air,” he said.
The Red Devils will see plenty of Will Tallent, Gene Arp and Paul Chambers according to Parker.
“I expect to run the ball more so our backfield will be seeing the ball a lot more this week.”

Defense
The Red Devils run a Georgia Southern double wing on offense with fullback Luke Samples leading the way.
“He’s the workhouse. They base their offense on him. He’s a real tough runner,” Parker said.
Parker points to the fact that the young Newton has had problems putting points on the board.
“They’ve had trouble scoring points. They’re very, very young and they’ve struggled somewhat offensively, so we just want to make sure they don’t get better offensively against us. Our offense has to help our defense,” he said.
The Rebels’ defense has only given up one touchdown in the second halves of the last two ball games they’ve played.
“Our offense has to help the defense more,” Parker said believing that at times the defense is on the field too much.

X-Factor
Newton enters the game having lost five games in a row, but two of those losses came playing Hickory and Bandys close.
“They’ve played a tough schedule having lost five games in a row. We’ve played two pretty good football teams the past two weeks, so I think that part is going to balance out,” Parker said.
Despite being 4-2, Parker wants to see one thing in particular from his kids— emotion.
“Our young men have to play with more emotion because that’s a big part of high school football. I’m sure they’ve remembered last year’s loss and have been harping on that.”by John Mark Brooks

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