ELIZABETHTOWN — After a rousing and much-needed win over East Columbus last week in the final non-conference game of the season, East Bladen is faced with traveling to Dunn to take on undefeated Midway in the Four County Conference opener on Friday.
The Raiders sport a 4-0 record and have put 145 points on the board during the non-conference schedule, while allowing a measly 31. East Bladen is 1-3.
“We’ll have our work cut out for us,” said Eagles coach Robby Priest. “They have good athletes — good athletes in all the right places.”
Midway operates its offense out of the Wing T, same as East Bladen, but Priest said there are some differences.
“Some of the plays should be familiar to us, but they do some things different — like pass a bit more,” he said. “But they also have running backs who run real hard.”
The Raiders’ offense is led by quarterback Taylor Calcutt and running backs Jeremy Robinson, Troy Spell, Atlantis Warren and Cody Baker. But the strength of the offense may be the front line, where all-conference lineman Luke Clark joins Calton Warren and Cody Huffman to open the holes and pass block.
On defense, Priest said he’s seen Midway line up in a 40 and 50, but he also expects a number of variations.
The Raiders’ defense is led by Clark at linebacker, Warren at defensive end, Baker at strong safety and cornerbacks Jordan Thompson and Justin Thompson.
“We’re going to have to do what we do best — fly around and hit people,” Priest said. “But most importantly, we need to play with the same intensity we did (against East Columbus).
“Plus we have to continue cutting down on penalties and hang on to the ball,” he added. “The defense set the tone for us last week, so maybe it can do the same this week.”