Trojans travel to east to face Mountaineers
A non-conference win over North Gaston last week was nice for Chase, but a conference win tonight at Kings Mountain would be much more helpful for the Trojans. And if the way the Mountaineers played last week is any indication of the team Chase will see tonight, the Trojans have a good chance at earning their second conference win.
"We have four wins but we play 11 games. At the end of the year we need to drop a non-conference win so we're in a situation where we still need to win some games," Chase head coach Daniel Bailey said. "We want to play our best football now because we're going up against three competitive teams to end the season. We have as much a chance to lose as we do win. It depends on our mentality."
Last week, the Mountaineers allowed R-S Central to run for 428 yards and seven touchdowns. It seems that this would play into the Trojans' triple-option rushing attack.
"It's always nice to see another team utilizing the run game and have success. It gives us confidence that we can run out and do the same," Bailey said. " But I'm sure they've worked hard on their run defense this weeek. I expect to see the box filled and maybe even some folks from the stands put in the box as well.
"If we execute correctly it shouldn't matter. We just need to be able to take what they give us."
To be successful, Bailey stresses the importance of the battles at the line of scrimmage.
"Just like every week we need to win the battle up front," Bailey said. "They have the size up front to make it tough on us, but if we do more than hit and release at the point of attack, get some good double teams and control the line of scrimmage, I feel we have a good chance to win the game."
On the defensive side of the ball, Chase will see the ball in the air much more than they did against R-S Central and North Gaston over the last two weeks.
Kings Mountain Brandon Bell struggled in his return from injury last week at R-S Central but still has impressive numbers on the season averaging 156.7 yards per game with 10 passing touchdowns.
"The last two weeks we faced running teams and the defensive backs have been focusing on run support, but we talked to them the other day about how excited we are to play some pass," Bailey said.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Kings Mountain High School.