NEWBERRY — The Newberry High School Bulldogs are looking to extend their 2-0 streak tonight as they hit the road to take on the Batesburg-Leesville Panthers at 7:30 p.m.
Head Coach Phil Strickland has been working with the team this week to fix mistakes made in the first two games, focusing on missing blocks and making less penalties.
“We’ve been polishing up some of the things that we’ve been doing wrong like running wrong routes or missing blocks. We’ve been making too many mistakes and penalties,” said Strickland.
Defensively, the Bulldogs have been working all week to stop the Panthers’ quarterback, who Strickland said is extremely talented. Strickland added that in past meetings the Panthers and Bulldogs have been up and down and to bring home a win, the team will have to be strong right out of the gate.
“We’ve been up and down against them and they always seem to play hard. We can’t come out flat like we did last week, we have to jump on them from the start,” said Strickland. “We have to get more focused, get everyone on the same page, recognize the defense and block. We’ll also need to pick up blitzes, because Batesburg-Leesville likes to blitz quite a bit.”
The Panthers are going into tonight’s game 1-1 on the season following a 13-37 loss against Gilbert last week and a 40-16 win over Ridge Spring-Monetta.
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