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Must stop Dalton to beat West

The North Lincoln Knights (3-1) are hoping for an upset as they visit undefeated West Iredell (4-0) today.

Offense
West Iredell runs a 3-5 stack and will mix in a 6-2 look from time to time.
“We have to be able to block them. They are very good up front. They are big and they’re quick,” Knights head coach Matt Beam said.
The Knights are coming off the heels of an impressive 56-21 victory over Christ School, one that saw junior quarterback Trent Hopkins throw for four touchdowns, two to Devin Borders.
Beam feels Borders and the rest of the receiving corps will have to come through with another big night for North Lincoln to win.
“Can our receivers get off man-to-man coverage and get open,” Beam posed as a question to another offensive key.

Defense
On defense, North Lincoln will look to slow Chris Dalton, 6’3” 165-pound receiver, who has already verbally committed to Virginia.
Dalton, who runs a 4.3 forty, will be priority No. 1, but Beam insists he’s not the only play-maker the Warriors have.
“Their receivers are playmakers and they spread it out to make room for their running back McCormick (Chris),” Beam said. “So we’ve basically decided we’re going to try to take away the pass,” he added.
Another thing fans can expect from the Knights is the unexpected.
“We’re going to try to throw some things at them they haven’t seen yet,” Beam promised.

X-Factor
Whether or not Phillip Scronce and the rest of the North Lincoln linemen can block the Warriors nose guard No. 60 is going to be a huge key to the ball game.
At only 165-pounds, the defensive front man reeks havoc on opposing linemen.
Special teams is another area that concerns Beam because ‘they have players that can run.’
The coach is counting on kicker Jay Wissman, who nailed one field goal last week against the Greenies, to come through on kickoffs.
Regardless of how tonight pans out, Beam and the Knights have made strides toward this season’s goal.
“Our mission is to make the playoffs. That was our missions from day one. I hope my kids aren’t looking forward to next week’s game and not thinking about this one—they are good.”
by John Mark Brooks

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