SPRINGHILL – With all the success North Webster has enjoyed over the past four years, the Knights find themselves in an awkward position.
The Knights have lost back-to-back games for the first time since 2012 and that has many fans worried about this year’s version of the Knights.
This week is homecoming at North Webster, and the week-long celebration coupled with a bounce back opportunity against the North Caddo Rebels could solve all the Knights’ problems.
The Rebels (2-2) have already doubled their win total from last season, as they continue to rebuild.
“They’ve got some good football players,” North Webster head coach John Ware said. “They’re a very sound, well-coached football team. They’ve done a good job over there.”
North Caddo brings a run heavy approach to this week’s game, which could be an advantage for the North Webster defense.
“They run a little bit of the option,” Ware said. “They do a little bit of zone read and will run it about 70 percent of the time, but they can throw the ball too and have some good athletes.”
Those good athletes are on defense too, as a Rebel team short on depth has some of their best playmakers going both ways.
“When you watch the film you see them line up correctly and get in good stances,” Ware said. “You can tell they’re being coached up. They drop into their pass zones well and attack the football. I think they’re doing a great job getting it turned around over there.”
The Knights are the better team on paper, but Ware knows getting ready for a game during homecoming week poses some problems.
“It’s always a challenge,” Ware said. “There’s always stuff going on. This is high school and these guys are football players, but they’re also here for the social environment and I don’t want to take that away from them. However, our job is to win a football game and our guys have bought into that.”
North Webster will try to light up the scoreboard for what promises to be a big homecoming crowd.
“We’re still looking for the best mixture for us,” Ware said. “Every year is a bit different in trying to figure out who we are, but I feel like we’re close to busting out and figuring out who we’re supposed to be.”
Look for the Knights to get back to the physical ground and pound attack that has worked so well for them over the past four years.
Kickoff between North Webster and North Caddo is set for 7 p.m.