Bearden’s football team will take on Cleveland on Friday, after defeating West to open the season Saturday.
The Bulldogs beat West 17-3 on an excellent defensive performance, and they will look to carry that success with them this Friday.
“We just kind of have to do the same thing,” defensive coordinator Brian Milan said. “We ran to the football really well, we communicated well, and we tackled well.
“Typically, if you can do those three things, you will be alright.”
Against West, seniors Sam Coffin and Tyson Bivins led the defense.
Coffin has six tackles and an interception. Bivins had five tackles.
Although defensive backs Coffin and Bivins led the defense against West, Coach Milan expects his defensive line to step up against Cleveland.
Friday’s game against Cleveland at 7:30 will be the first ever meeting between the two schools.
“Really this game is going to come down to can our defensive line handle their offensive line,” Coach Milan said. “Those defensive line guys are what we really need.”
Having a fast-paced offense, Coach Milan has emphasized the importance of slowing down Cleveland’s running backs.
“They’ve got two players that are two of the fastest players in the state,” Coach Milan said. “We have focused heavily on making sure we take good, proper angles so that we don’t let one of them break a long run on us.”
On the offensive side, offensive coordinator Paul Shelton is hoping to cut down on a few of the mistakes from the win against West.
“One of the biggest things we are going to emphasize this week versus Cleveland is that our playmakers need to be play makers,” Coach Shelton said. “Our guys that we are going to depend on to make big plays need to finish those big plays so we can put the ball in the end zone instead of kicking a field goal.”