North Lincoln Knightsâ€™ head coach Lonnie Custer is playing down the â€˜revengeâ€™ talk entering Fridayâ€™s game versus the East Lincoln Mustangs maintaining his kids just want to win.
â€œYouâ€™re playing your county rival. We played with them for about 16 minutes. Our kids just want to win. I know itâ€™s a little more special against East Lincoln, but they want the Wâ€”no matter who itâ€™s against,â€ he said.
Against an experienced Charlotte Catholic football team, the Knights were only able to muster 66 yards passing. Thatâ€™s a fact Custer wants to turn around this week against the Mustangs.
â€œWe have to do a better job of protecting the QB. We also have to be more consistent and have some more ball-control drives,â€ he said.
The coach believes that while theyâ€™re not the most heralded unit on a football team, the o-line may be the most important.
â€œThe offensive line has to step up. Weâ€™re only going to go as far as theyâ€™re going to take us, so we really need them to have a good week,â€ Custer said.
Tailback Ryan Sykes, who put up over a 100 yards against in the season opener is a concern for Custer and staff.
â€œHeâ€™s a good running back. Heâ€™s a pretty strong kid with good feet and he can definitely cause a lot of problems,â€ he said.
Custer feels that the Mustangs do a good job at the line of scrimmage.
â€œWe have to contain their running game. They do a good job upfront. Weâ€™re going to have to make them drive the ball and stop big plays,â€ he said.
While the Mustangs have not netted any points in the last two games, Custer is not buying into the hype that theyâ€™re not a good offensive team.
â€œI think theyâ€™re better offensively than what the results have shown,â€ he said.
Custer believes the biggest x-factor this week is simply not having enough practice time due to the inclement weather.
â€œItâ€™s preparation, being able to have a normal game week, itâ€™s going to be tough. Weâ€™re going to have to fit four days of practice into two hopefully. The only good thing is that East Lincoln couldnâ€™t practice either.â€
by John Mark Brooks