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Wolves look to regroup

How will the Lincolnton Wolves respond after losing their first game of the season last week? That’s the million-dollar question.
But head coach Scott Cloninger has simple answer for fans and his team alike.
“We have to forget about what happened last week. This is a new season and we got to prepare each week from here on out.”

Offense
Cloninger believes this week’s opponent, South Iredell, will do everything in their power to control the time of possession.
For that reason, he’s reinforced to his team how important will be to get points each time they have the ball.
“When you have the ball you better take advantage of it, because they’re going to try to ball control you, so when you have the ball you better score.”
One positive Cloninger pulled from the loss to the Golden Lions was his receivers caught the ball well, but on the flip side his running backs weren’t able to gain tons of yards.
“We couldn’t move the ball on the ground and that’s very disturbing. We’re going to try to get the fullback involved more,” Cloninger said, taking the blame that junior fullback Marcus Williams hasn’t touched the football a lot.
The Vikings’ 3-5 defense is achored by 6’2” 175-pound safety William Marion who Cloninger says, ‘will pop you.’

Defense
The Vikings (2-3) will run the wish-bone or double-wing on offense, but Cloninger is more concerned with how his defense will react after giving up two 100-yard rushers against Shelby.
“We’ve got to play assignment football, but we have to become more aggressive and be more physical on the defensive side of the ball,” he said.
When asked about Tavorris Jolly and Doug Scott both topping the century mark, Cloninger felt the blame should spread out and should not rest solely on the defense’s shoulders.
“That’s concerning and that’s something we’re trying to correct. Some of the blame goes to the offense because you’re trying to keep the ball away from them.”
Sophomore Anthony Twaites (5’10” 180) and freshman Santario White (5’8” 150) are thunder and lightning for South Iredell.
“They’re trying to get the ball in those guys’ hands as much as possible. Twaites is the power-type guy and White they want to get on the edge where he can outrun you,” Cloninger said.

X-Factor
Cloninger points out the Vikings are No. 1 in the Southern Piedmont in scoring defense, so he doesn’t expect his team’s conference opener to be a cakewalk.
“We got a big bulls eye on our back. Everybody wants to beat us, because they think we’re the favorite,” he said.
“We have to play one game at time and not look ahead,” he added.
by John Mark Brooks

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