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Rebels pitted against Trojans

The West Lincoln Rebels are coming off a 50-0 loss Friday night against Shelby. Things don’t get any easier as they host Bandys (5-3, 2-2 Midwest 2A) this Friday.

Offense
Rebels head coach Butch Parker and staff are concerned foremost about Trojans’ linebacker Matt Woodlief who is a big reason Bandys only surrenders 14 points a game second best in the MW 2A.
“We have to block and we got to start by blocking Woodlief. He’s very aggressive and a physical middle linebacker,” he said.
One area West Lincoln has struggled in recent weeks is being able to efficiently throw the football. Parker hopes that improves this week in much-needed win.
“We got to throw the football. We have to get some completions. We haven’t thrown the ball very well in a couple of weeks. There are a lot of components to that. You have to throw it good and you have to catch it. The big component is in the middle and we haven’t done any of them well,” he said.

Defense
West Lincoln will try to slow Trojans’ running back Chris Spade who is widely considered as one of the premier backs in the area. Parker is well aware of how Spade can affect a game.
“Their offense is built around him. He has a tremendous amount of speed. He’s not a power runner, he’s a speed runner. We don’t expect to shut him down, we have to slow him down and contain him,” he said.
Leading the way for Spade, will be Woodlief and Byron Sigmon.
“Matt’s a big ol’ strong lad. Byron’s a strong kid. It gives them an inside-outside punch,” Parker said.
Tyler Rowe will call the signals for Bandys. Although he’s had to experience some growing pains, Parker still feels he is capable.
“He’s an adequate quarterback. He had to replace Zach Elliot and that’s tough,” he said.

X-Factor
According to Parker, the Rebels will need to rebound coming off a lopsided loss.
“We got overwhelmed by a great Shelby team. We have to pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off,” he said.
Bandys has lost three games on the season which spurs Parker on in likening them to a wounded animal.
“Their pride has been dented a little bit. We can try to jump on them and keep that wounded animal down and maybe they’ll roll over. They might come out bearing their teeth and fighting for survival.”
Friday night is senior night for West and Parker is laying down a stiff challenge for those players.
“We’re going to have 13 young men out there who are playing one of their last football games at West Lincoln. I need those 13 to get excited and hopefully spread that excitement. I firmly believe if we play a good football game then we’ll have a chance to win it.”by John Mark Brooks

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