RLS looks for win at Kinston tonight

Published 12:01 am Friday, September 20, 2013

Red Level’s in search for a win.

The Tigers hope to extinguish their three-game skid tonight in Kinston in a Class 1A, Region 2 contest.

RLS came out and fought hard in its first two contests, falling by an average of five points per game. Last week, the Tigers were trounced by McKenzie 40-0.

Tigers head football coach David Godwin said the team is better than last week’s performance indicated.

“I expect us to go over to Kinston and give them a run for our money,” Godwin said.

The Bulldogs won their first game of the season last week against Pleasant Home. PHS had a 12-0 lead at halftime, but that went away quickly as the Bulldogs outscored the Eagles 41-0 en route to a 41-12 victory.

Godwin said KHS reminds him a lot of Pleasant Home. PHS beat Red Level 16-12 in week two.

“They’ve got a lot of size,” he said. “They’ve got a lot of deceptive quickness.

“Kinston junior running back Christopher Hatten) is their go-to guy,” he said. “They have other pieces to the puzzle.”

Like 18 seniors on the team, Godwin said.

“They’ve been looking forward to this year from that stand point,” he said.

Watching the Bulldogs on film, one can’t help but notice that they are “impressive and well-coached,” the coach said.

“They play real sound on defense,” Godwin said. “They’re explosive on offense. We’ve got our hands full. We want to try to finish out the first half of the season on a positive note, where we can give ourselves a chance to do some damage in the second half.”

If Red Level was to win against KHS tonight, it would be the program’s first win since the 2011 season, where the Tigers beat Calhoun 33-30, when they were in Class 2A.

“It would be big for our community and school,” Godwin said about getting a win. “Sooner or later, we’re going to break through.”

A big improvement he’s seen from the team is its chemistry, Godwin said.

“One of the biggest things we’ve improved in is our togetherness as a team,” he said. “We seem to be jelling as a family — we’re pulling for each other. That’s something we preach on a daily basis, and we’re growing in that fashion.”

Kick off in Kinston tonight is at 7.