CLOVER — The Clover High School football team — unrelenting in its quest to notch a game in the win column — is gearing up for a Friday homecoming clash in Memorial Stadium.
The Blue Eagles face Lancaster, with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m. in the Region 3-AAAA clash.
Both teams showed a spark in the early stages of last week’s games before losing to top 10 teams — Clover to No. 1 Northwestern 49-6 and Lancaster to No. 7 York 46-7.
Blue Eagle head coach Chad Smith said he sees a lot of potential in the Lancaster team.
“It’s a big game for us,” said Smith. “It’s homecoming and we are facing a team with a quarterback who can run with the ball. Lancaster is an athletic team. We will have to be ready to meet the challenge.”
Clover senior Davis McCarter, a 5-foot, 11-inch, 170-pound free safety, is positive. “The key to having success against Lancaster is sound execution and to carry out our assignments,” said McCarter.
“We have to be mentally tough and contain their quarterback,” he said of Briuns star Keendarius Truesdale. “We’ve seen film and studied his tendencies to determine if he will run or throw. We feel we can beat Lancaster.”
Adam Edmunds, the Blue Eagles’ senior placekicker, said he is ready.
“Placekicking requires a lot of preparation,” said Edmunds, whose responsibilities include kickoffs, PATs and field goals. “You have to stay with it at practice. It’s a big part of the game.”
With the double-wing scheme producing flashes of the ball control weaponry Smith envisioned when he accepted the head coaching position in Blue Eagle Country, the CHS mentor said he is beginning to see light at the end of tunnel.
“Our kids are executing the wing-T,” he said. “They are beginning to understand it.”
The CHS team limited the Trojans to three plays in the first quarter using the double wing-T.
But he Blue Eagle offense lost some of its punch when workhorse Ladarius Adams left the game with an ankle sprain.
The quick-strike Trojans, using short fields resulting from an interception and blocked punt, soared to a 28-0 halftime lead.
“They picked up the offense and built the lead,” said the CHS coach. “It was too late at that point.”
Versatile Blue Eagle standout Chase Galant, a senior mainstay on both sides of the ball, made sure visitors from Clover got on the board with a 43-yard interception return for a touchdown.
The Blue Eagles travel to South Pointe next week before returning to Memorial Stadium for home dates with Fort Mill Nov. 1 and rival York Nov. 8. All games have 7:30 p.m. starting times.