ELIZABETHTOWN — The Eagles will be hosting a winless Pender County team on Friday for homecoming, but East Bladen coach Robby Priest and his coaching staff isn’t letting anyone take the patriots lightly.
“We’re preparing just like always,” Priest said. “We have to keep getting better and can’t afford to look past anyone ever.”
The Eagles are coming off two straight heart-breaking losses in the last minute of play, first to Midway 16-13 and then to Clinton 21-20.
“We’ve got to move past that,” Priest said. “We don’t need to play with urgency, we just need to play better.”
Against 0-5, 0-2 Pender County, the 1-5, 0-2 Eagles will face an offense that shows plenty of double-wing and lots of read-option — led by a quarterback that Priest says is “really athletic” and a running back who is “very fast.”
“We haven’t seen this kind of offense yet, so trying to duplicate it with the scout team has been interesting,” Priest added.
On defense, the patriots line up in a 40 front with variations.
“They have a middle linebacker who is good and they have some size,” Priest said. “The just play good team defense.”
Along with preparing the Eagles for what Pender County will bring to the Eagles Nest on Friday, Priest said he has brought up several of the jayvee players for the game.
“We’re hoping they can help us with our depth,” he said. “It’s been tough dressing just 21 players, so the thinking is these players can help us with breathers and keeping us fresher for the fourth quarter.
“The defense is getting better, the pass defense is getting better and the turnover situation is better,” Priest added. “Now we just have to learn to finish better.”