Red Level wants to match effort, execution

Published 12:01 am Thursday, September 26, 2013

Matching execution with effort.

Eliminating the negative plays.

Those are two things the Red Level Tigers are focused on this week as they pay a visit to Samson tomorrow night in the hopes of breaking a four-game losing streak.

RLS head football coach David Godwin said SHS is a good team, and “really big up front on defense.”

“They get off the ball probably as good a team as we’ve played up front on defense this year,” Godwin said. “They’re much like (Kinston) last week, a very senior-laiden team. Those guys have been playing together for a while.”

Red Level enters this week after a 41-8 loss to Kinston in region action.

Offensively, Samson likes to run the spread and get the ball inside, Godwin said.

“We’ve got to make sure we’re sound up front,” the coach said.

Godwin said Samson running back and safety Wendell Washington, and defensive end Andrew Revels are two key players for the other Tigers.

“He’s really solid,” Godwin said about Washington. “He’s got good speed. He reminds me of (McKenzie’s Nicarius Peterson).”

All season, Godwin has said if the team matches its execution with its effort level, then RLS has the opportunity to get some wins.

That sentiment still holds true this week, the coach said.

“We’re playing hard for four quarters,” Godwin said. “We’ve had some bad mistakes in bad times. We made more than 200 yards in rushing against Kinston, but we had 120 in penalties and negative plays.

“When we execute our plays when we’re supposed to, then we can play with anybody on the schedule,” he said.

On the injury front, Godwin said he isn’t sure quarterback Wesley Holley will play tomorrow night.

Additionally, William Crawford has a groin injury and is listed as day to day.