High school football fans are gearing up for what has become one of the biggest rivalry games in the Yadkin Valley 1A Conference as West Montgomery hosts Albemarle tonight. West head coach Nick Eddins says Albemarle is strong, but his players plan to meet them with a heavy offense.
“Albemarle is a very good football team, as they always are,” Eddins said. “They play tough, hard-nose defense. It’s hard to run the ball on them. At that point, it’s going to be a bit of a battle of wills, because we’re going to run the football.”
Coach Eddins says his team may have some new moves this week, but ultimately they plan to draw on their core skills in tonight’s contest.
“We’ll have a few wrinkles here and there. I wouldn’t call them ‘change-ups’, just wrinkles. Some we’ve been practicing for a while and haven’t shown. Some of them may go in this week, offensively and/or defensively. But, you know, when it comes down to it, good football teams do what they do.”
Those planning to attend tonight’s game at West should be prepared to find extra security measures in place at the gate. Authorities tell WMTG that metal detector equipment will be used, and there will likely be a restriction on what can be brought into the stadium.
The increased security follows reports of tension between some students at the two schools, and it comes just a week and a half after a shooting at Albemarle High School. In that incident, a former West Montgomery student now attending Albemarle is accused of shooting and wounding another student before class Sep. 30.
Tonight’s West Montgomery-Albemarle game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Live broadcast coverage starts just after 7 p.m. at 88.1 FM in Mount Gilead, online at wmtg.org, and with the TuneIn mobile app.