The North Lincoln Knights (3-1) are hoping for an upset as they visit undefeated West Iredell (4-0) today.
West Iredell runs a 3-5 stack and will mix in a 6-2 look from time to time.
â€œWe have to be able to block them. They are very good up front. They are big and theyâ€™re quick,â€ 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.
â€œCan our receivers get off man-to-man coverage and get open,â€ Beam posed as a question to another offensive key.
On defense, North Lincoln will look to slow Chris Dalton, 6â€™3â€ 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 heâ€™s not the only play-maker the Warriors have.
â€œTheir receivers are playmakers and they spread it out to make room for their running back McCormick (Chris),â€ Beam said. â€œSo weâ€™ve basically decided weâ€™re going to try to take away the pass,â€ he added.
Another thing fans can expect from the Knights is the unexpected.
â€œWeâ€™re going to try to throw some things at them they havenâ€™t seen yet,â€ Beam promised.
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 â€˜they have players that can run.â€™
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 seasonâ€™s goal.
â€œOur mission is to make the playoffs. That was our missions from day one. I hope my kids arenâ€™t looking forward to next weekâ€™s game and not thinking about this oneâ€”they are good.â€
by John Mark Brooks