NEWBERRY — The Eagles will collide Friday when the Newberry Academy Eagles take on the Richard Winn Academy Eagles. Newberry Academy will travel about 45 minutes to Winnsboro for this game.
Newberry Academy is currently 1-1 and Richard Winn is 2-1.
Head Coach Benji Sease said Richard Winn beat them bad last year. He has made sure to reference that game several times this week.
“A lot of coaches will tell you that revenge is not a factor, but I think that coach is either lying to himself or is not thinking back to when he played the game,” he said.
Last week Newberry Academy had to forfeit to Wardlaw Academy due to a number of players being injured. Sease believes that the break in fact helped the team.
“You do not like to ever forfeit a game, but we were down to nine kids last week. We will have at least three back that were injured last week with a chance for a fourth,” he said.
Sease said the team wants to be balanced as far as throwing the ball and running the ball. Newberry Academy has also concentrated on being more physical this week.
“They have a very good offense that is capable of scoring points in a hurry. We have added a few wrinkles this week that we think will help us to at least slow them down,” he said. “We will have to play with discipline and controlled aggression.”
During the past three years, Richard Winn has been in the top echelon for this area. Sease has stressed to the team that to be able to compete it starts with this week playing them and their first conference game.
“I want to see if we have improved since we played them last year. This being a conference game from here on out, every game will be very important in our goal of making the playoffs,” Sease said.
When it comes to scoring, Sease said they will focus on two point conversations for PAT, but did add that they have been practicing extra points since the goal post was put up last week.
At the end of the day, Sease believes this will be a close game. He said if Newberry Academy’s Eagles compete the way he knows they are capable of, this will be a close game.
Tonight’s game will kick of at 7:30 p.m. in Winnsboro.
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