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Cee-Bees eye 2nd win as they journey to face Hancock (Md.)

BLACKSVILLE — There’s slightly extra pleasure across the Clay-Battelle soccer program this yr. The gamers are displaying their pleasure not only for the varsity, but additionally for the state and nation. 

As they run onto the sphere every Friday night time, two leaders for the workforce are on the head of the pack carrying the flags of the state of West Virginia and the US of America.

“Operating down the sphere with the flags was a unique factor this yr and we cherished it,” senior fullback Maddox Shriver mentioned. “We love each these flags and it actually provides on to the joy earlier than operating down onto the sphere.”

In CB’s first recreation of the season, Shriver carried the state of West Virginia flag and senior quarterback JC Spears carried the American flag. Assistant coach and athletic director Charles Krafft got here up with the thought. 

And, regardless of three setbacks to begin the 2023 marketing campaign, the Cee-Bees’ pleasure by no means wavered. They misplaced the primary three video games by a mixed 9 factors however took out their frustration final week by dominating Tygarts Valley, 40-7, for his or her first win of the season.

A collective sigh of reduction was let loose round Blacksville. 

“They’ve labored so exhausting and been so shut the three earlier video games,” head coach Ryan Wilson mentioned. “Watching their pleasure lastly getting the ‘W’ was unbelievable.”

Wilson mentioned the Cee-Bees executed the sport plan to close perfection in all phases of the sport.

“Defensively, we did an awesome job shutting down an excellent offense,” Wilson mentioned. “They didn’t have any go completions, we restricted their yards and we didn’t quit any massive performs in any respect. 

“Offensively, we did an awesome job blocking on the offensive line. Our operating recreation was following the entrance strains and operating by means of the blockers so effectively. We managed the ball and picked up first downs, in order that helped. Once we turned to the passing recreation, we had time and JC made some very nice passes and our receivers had some nice catches. It was simply an all-around nice workforce effort.”

Momentum is now on the facet of Clay-Battelle because it reaches the midpoint of the season. The Cee-Bees acknowledge there may be nonetheless a lot to play for, together with their objective of reaching the playoffs for a third-consecutive yr. 

“It actually caught with us being in such shut video games and arising simply quick offers us all of the motivation on the earth understanding we will at all times change the season round,” Shriver mentioned. “It was an enormous reduction to get the ‘L’ off of our foreheads. We undoubtedly needed to make a press release that we will transfer the ball and play exhausting protection, we simply wanted to repair up some tiny errors.

“After an enormous win like that, we all know what we’re able to and we’re excited to play the second half of the season with our full potential.”

By means of 4 video games, Shriver has 41 tackles on protection and has rushed for 250 yards. He’s bulked up within the low season and has really tailored to the mentality of a fullback. 

“My largest energy is certainly my imaginative and prescient when operating the ball — I actually see the entire area after I run — I at all times search for the massive 30-40 yard positive factors,” Shriver mentioned, “but when comes right down to it and the protection stuffs it, I’m assured in reducing my shoulder and getting three to 4 yards.”

That toughness will come into play once more this week as Clay-Battelle takes a two-hour journey to western Maryland to play Hancock (Md.), a workforce that’s winless on the yr, although Wilson admits the Panthers are a lot better than their 0-3 document signifies — as are his 1-3 Cee-Bees. 

“They run some totally different formations they usually execute effectively with their operating again getting the ball plenty of the time,” Wilson mentioned. “The quarterback does an excellent job with the play pretend and operating the ball. You’re so centered on the operating again however we’ve got to verify we’ve got an eye fixed on what their quarterback can do, too.”

Wilson mentioned Hancock runs a 33-stack protection, a formation his workforce has not but seen this yr.

Clay-Battelle is actually up for the problem and is happy in regards to the expertise.

“The children are fired as much as get on the market,” Wilson mentioned. “We’ll have a constitution bus and can take them out for a workforce meal. Hancock has a lovely facility they usually’ve been an actual pleasure to work with.

“Most significantly, can we go on the market and get win quantity two?”

BY MATTHEW PEASLEE

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