Block looks to get first win with Dragons

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 28, 2007

JONESVILLE — The Block Bears will be looking for their first win of the season when they host the Mangham Dragons Friday at 7 p.m.

Block, 0-4 overall, finally showed some life on offense as it scored 20 points last week at Buckeye. However, the defense gave up 48 points in the road loss to the Panthers.

“Our offense got a little better and our defense got a little worse,” Block head coach Benny Vault Jr. said. “We’re still missing some tackles. I’m trying to be patient. I know a lot of work has got to get done. They developed a lot of bad habits under (former head) coach (Scott) Green and I’m trying to get them out of those habits.”

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This will be the first game this season for Block against a team from Class A. The Bears played against three teams from Class 3A and one in Class 2A. “Our schedule strength is number one in Single A. We’ve played a pretty tough schedule,” Vault said.

Mangham’s offense is led by quarterback Josh Wilson and wide receivers Montel Hardman and Allen Williams.

“Mangham has a good many seniors. They line in the shotgun and four-wide very down,” Vault said. “They run a spread offense. Good speed. They like to throw the ball a lot. They’ve got a good receiver, No. 9, who’s got good hands. They’ve got a good-sized offensive line, around the 200-pound range.”

Vault said the defense will have use extra defensive back, especially on blitzes, and will put pressure on the quarterback.

“We’re going to try to make them do some things they don’t want to do,” he said.

Offensively, Vault said he feels like his team will have some success running the ball like it has the last couple of weeks. But he added that the Dragons may put nine, 10 or even all 11 players in the box to try to make the Bears throw the ball.

“They might run a 3-4 or a 4-3. We run that two-type double wing,” Vault said.

“We’re having trouble throwing the ball. Until we can throw the ball, that’s the kind of defense we’re going to see every week.”