Block eyes Buckeye in opener

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 31, 2017

First-year Block High School coach Josh Loy said he came away overly impressed with his squad’s performance in last week’s jamboree games, particularly its 8-6 win over Sicily Island.

“We controlled the whole scrimmage,” he said. “We moved the ball up and down the field, but we did have some problems blocking. But it’s early, and it was the first live action.”

Now, the first-year Bears head coach is hoping his squad can replicate that success as they enter their season opener.

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Block is set to travel to face LHSAA Class 4A Buckeye at 7 p.m. Friday.

“It’s going to be a challenge,” he said. “They’re going to have a lot more depth than us, and they’re huge up front. We’re going to have to use our athletes and take advantage of our speed.”

Loy said the Panthers deploy an option attack offensively.

“We’re going to have to be very disciplined defensively,” he said. “They like to get behind their big offensive line and pound you.

“We have our work cut out for us, but these guys are excited to get their season started.”