Bobcats face Dale Co.

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 3, 2003

Brian Smith may sound like a common name, but it belongs to an uncommon high school football player.

Dale County depends heavily on Smith. He is the leading rusher for the Warriors as well as the team's top receiver. Smith, however, in not one dimensional. He is also the top defender for the Dale County squad.

Opp Head Coach Jeff Rhodes know how important Smith is to the Warriors. He is said the key to Friday night's game against the region foe is preventing the all-purpose player from controlling the game.

"We have to stop No. 27," Rhodes said referring to Smith. "They run a wide open offense. He is the one they throw the ball to when they throw it.

"He is probably their best defensive players too," Rhodes added.

Another key to remaining undefeated for the Bobcats is playing solid, fundamental football.

"We have to play sound football and not beat ourselves," Rhodes said.

The Bobcats enter the game following a big win against the then No. 7-ranked Daleville Warhawks.

The victory improves Opp's record to 2-0 and 1-0 in region play. It also earned them a No. 10 ranking in Class 4A.

Rhodes said another plus is the Bobcats now know what they can do on the football field.

"It is a confidence booster for our team," Rhodes said about the win. "It gives us the opportunity to be area champs."

The game is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Rhodes said last week's top players for the Bobcats are Offensive Lineman of the Week – Travis Craig; Defensive Lineman of the Week – Josh Teague; Offensive Back of the Week – Jamocolis Stallworth and Defensive Back of the Week – Michael Hattaway.