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Tough task lies ahead for Community

Thursday, October 18, 2012

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Dairan Pride (1) piled up 120 yards on seven carries last week against the Cascade Champions, but is questionable for Friday's game against Moore County following an injury to his hand.
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If one thing's been consistent lately for the Community Vikings (3-5, 2-3 9-A), it's been the fact they have been able to stand toe-to-toe and go blow-for-blow against their competition.

Going into last week's game against Cascade, the Vikes were riding a two-game win streak. And while the Purple and Gold took their cross-county rivals down to the wire, they just couldn't seal the deal on the win.

But with last week in the rear view mirror, Community's undivided attention shifts to No. 2 1A ranked team in the state Moore County.

The unbeaten Raiders roll into Unionville on Friday night for the Vikings' final district game of the 2012 season.

Community has a chance to clinch a state playoff berth, but spoiling Moore County's hopes of a perfect regular season is imperative for that scenario to play out.

Physical game

"It's going to be a physical game. We just hope our kids are emotionally and physically ready to get after it," said Community coach Johnnie Frost.

It will be no easy task for the Purple and Gold as the Raiders come into Unionville with an 8-0 record and plenty muscle to back it up.

"We'll have to play error-free football. Offensively, we'll have to make sure we don't make mistakes like blowing assignments or turning the ball over," Frost said.

Moore County is led by quarterback JP Evans, who brings an accurate arm as well as the ability to make plays on the ground.

That dual threat has been able to confuse defenses all year.

Confusion

"They do a lot of misdirection. They're a good ball team," Frost said.

But Community has several assets as on offense as well. Last week, the Vikings out-gained the Cascade Champions 374-298 yards.

Quarterback Quinn Frost completed 9-of-15 attempts for 151 yards with senior all-state selection Zack James leading all receivers with 89 yards.

But the real bread and butter for the Vikings has been the run game, which amassed 227 yards against the Champs last week.

Freshman Darian Pride led the Viking ground attack with seven carries for 120 yards, and a pair of touchdowns to his credit.

Key loss

Community was dealt a major blow, however, when Pride took a hard hit and injured his hand against the Champions. His availability for Friday is questionable, but if he he's able, Frost feels the freshman can deliver.

"We're hoping he'll be there on Friday to help us out. I know he feels like if the doctors say he's OK, then he'll be there to do it," Frost said.

Still, Frost is confident in the other weapons in the Viking arsenal.

"He's been a good chunk of our offense in the last few weeks, but we've been working hard to amp up in other places in case he's not available," he said.

Weapons like Austin Lees, Zack James, Quinn Frost, Jesse Cooper, and Taylor Paschal. Each one of the players brings a skill to a balanced offense, which will need to be firing on all cylinders in order to take down Moore County.

Tough on D

Even with a stack of offensive weapons at their disposal, the Vikings have to be tough on defense to slow down Evans and the Raider offense.

"We have to be very disciplined. You have to be able to tackle him on first contact.

"He does a good job of reading his blocks and finding the open man from the pocket. He gets a quick read and does a great job of getting the ball to where it needs to be before the defense gets adjusted in the coverage," Frost said.

The Vikings kickoff on Friday night in Unionville at 7 p.m.


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