Block Bears look to improve in opener

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, September 4, 2013

JONESVILLE — Block High School got a 2-0 win and a 0-0 tie against Vidalia and Ferriday high schools, respectively, in the Vidalia jamboree Saturday night.

But head coach Benny Vault Jr. had some scathing words for his team’s effort following that performance, calling it “horrible” and saying it wasn’t “Block Bears football.”

“The biggest deal was that they didn’t play with any intensity,” Vault explained Tuesday. “We got there a little early, and there wasn’t anyone there, so we were trying to get them emotionally ready, which was hard to do. But this week, we’re going to be ready to play.”

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The Bears open their season on the road against Ouachita Christian School out of Monroe, La., and Vault said his team is working on a number of things in practice this week.

“We’re just trying to get our timing together and making sure we understand our blocking and what intensity level we have to play at,” Vault said. “We’re experimenting with new coordinators, and we’re just getting the kids comfortable with the coaches and the coaches comfortable with the kids.”

Ouachita Christian is coming off back-to-back undefeated, state championship seasons, and Vault said that kind of success goes a long way in getting the players to have big expectations.

“They expect to win and know how to win,” Vault said. “We know we’re going to have our hands full. The key will be us running our offense and keeping the ball out of their hands and controlling the tempo of the game.”

Defensively, Vault said his players would have to stick to their assignments in order to keep the Eagles in check.

“We have some athletic kids, so I think we’ll be fine,” Vault said.

Kickoff is at 7 Friday night at Ouachita Christian.