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Eagles ready to take flight Friday on the road

August 18, 2011

When Hebron takes the field tonight, it’s going to be a test to their conditioning, something they have worked hard on all summer.

With just 11 players on the team they had to move down to 8-man football this season, but there’s been no excuses. Even though they won’t qualify for any post season play, the Eagles have been positive and are looking forward to getting some licks on somebody else; Strider Academy.

Slated as an 11-man team this season, but decided to remain on Hebron’s original schedule, the Rams are going to be a tough opponent right out of the gate because they already have an advantage; more players.

“We’re playing a team that has 18 people, they can switch out whenever they want to,” head coach Tri Nason said. “We’re going both ways so we have to make sure and get some rest. It’ll be a good first week though. They’re excited.”

The Eagles have slowed the pace down a little at practice this week and finished out with a walk through on Thursday to make sure all the bases are covered when it comes to their offensive and defensive packages.

The Rams, who already have a jamboree under their belt to work out the kinks, like to run the football, a lot.

“They’re going to try and pound it,” Nason said. “And they like to do a little trickery. We’re going to be ready for that and the ball fakes. I think we can take care of the run.”

The Eagles will the advantage on defense if the Rams stay true to their game plan because it will compact all the defenders to the middle of the field. It’s much hard to defend a passing game in 8-man because the field is so wide open.

Hebron will hope to run a 4-1 defense and if the Rams decide to bring their wide outs in as tight ends, the Eagles can move to a 4-3 with a free-safety.

“They’ll be right up our alley then,” Nason said.

Strider finished 1-9 last season, their only win came in the finale 40-14 over Sharkey-Issaquena. No doubt they are as hungry as the Eagles to start the year with a victory. Hebron had just one road win last season and will be looking to snap the streak of three straight road losses.

Hebron plans to stay true to their running game and utilize three rotating backs throughout game. Add in quarterback Will-Corben Rogers to the mix, and that’s four very different, but effective runners the Rams will have to contend with.

A complete recap of tonight’s game will be in the Sunday edition of the Daily Times Leader. Kick-off is set for 7:30 in Charleston.

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