W.S. Neal at Carroll High School: Looking ahead

Published 12:09 pm Thursday, September 28, 2017

The W.S. Neal Eagles (2-2) will travel to Ozark Friday to take on the undefeated, class 5A Carroll High School.

Carroll has been dominant this year, beating opponents by an average score of 22 points.

With that said, WSN gave Carroll its toughest game offensively last year. A Carroll offense that averaged 35 points a game came to East Brewton and could only muster 21 points, its lowest output of the year.

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WSN was shutout, 21-0. Neal was held to 25 yards of total offense on the night.

That was the only time that the two teams have faced off.

Carroll went on to finish the regular season undefeated, before winning two playoff games and being eliminated in the third round.

WSN is stronger offensively this year, and the Eagles’ offense has put up 108 points over the course of the last two games.

WSN has begun to hit its stride lately as a team behind a running game made up of Marvin Maddox, Jacobey Hawthorne and Isaac Bonam. The trio has racked up 572 yards and 10 touchdowns over the last two games.

Head coach Andro Williams hopes that his team can keep the same intensity and focus as the last couple weeks, even with a bigger school across the field.

“The mentality has to be the same all the time, no matter what,” Williams said. “It doesn’t matter who we are playing, we have to be the same. It’s important to have fun playing this game, win or lose. Our kids are getting better at this, and hopefully it continues.”

Forecast: This is one of the tougher matchups WSN has all year, but it isn’t out of reach. If WSN is able to get its run game established early, this game will be much different than last year’s. It’ll be important to get out in front, especially against a good team on the road.