The North Lincoln Knights suffered a heart-breaking and emotionally draining loss against East Lincoln last Friday.
Theyâ€™re ready to put it behind them and what better time to do it than homecoming?
Junior quarterback Trent Hopkins was responsible for 307 yards against the Mustangs.
After seeing what he could do with 23 carries, head coach Matt Beam said heâ€™ll resist the temptation of letting his quarterback run it more.
That is, unless Bessemer City gives it to them.
â€œIf they let us run Trent that many times, weâ€™ll take it,â€ he said â€œ I feel pretty good about our chances with the ball in his hands.â€
The offensive line, led by Justin Mintun, had a very solid game versus East Lincoln.
Scotty Withers, Phillip Scronce, Bradley Smith, Scotty Wallace and Mintun all stood out in the eyes of the coaching staff and spectators alike.
â€œWeâ€™re very pleased with their performance. They graded out very high. They were able to open up holes and thatâ€™s why we were able to run it so successfully,â€ Beam said.
Devin â€˜The Technicianâ€™ Borders and Kyle Baker both turned in solid games last Friday. Borders finished with seven catches for 81 yards, while Baker caught four for 52.
â€œI thought we were able to run the ball well last week and throw it,â€ Beam said.
The Yellow Jackets may be winless, but Beam believes they have some talent — theyâ€™re just very young.
He also points to the fact theyâ€™ve played North Gaston, East Gaston and Hunter Huss as explanation for their dismal record.
Bessemer City will run a Wing-T offense and is led by quarterback Mark Jackson.
â€œHe (Mark Jackson) runs a little bit of option and they mix it up a little bit,â€ Beam said.
With Deon Carter (6â€™0â€ and 265-pounds) at fullback, the Knights will need to tackle better than they did against the Mustangs.
â€œWe had a lot of opportunities to make tackles. We got people there, but we came off or missed them,â€ Beam said. â€œStuff like that just kills you, giving them more opportunities to score,â€ he added.
The Knights defense is itching to get back on the field after allowing 301 rushing yards a week ago.
Beam believes the key to this weekâ€™s game will be how fast they can put last weekâ€™s game behind them and getting something good to happen to them early.
â€œWe have to bounce back from a depressing loss,â€ he said. â€œThey want to win this homecoming and get ourselves to 4-3. Thatâ€™s what weâ€™re looking to do right now.â€
by John Mark Brooks