Mustangs Face North Rowan on Homecoming
Fix the fixable.
That's was the North Moore football team's mantra this week as it prepared for its homecoming showdown tonight with North Rowan.
The Mustangs (0-6) nearly came back against South Davidson on the road last week, falling 22-16. Though the Wildcats opened up a 14-point lead by halftime, the North Moore defense played its best game of the year, shutting down the South Davidson offense in the second half.
North Moore head coach Greg Simmons said his kids have worked really hard in practice this week and their spirits are up. They've watched a lot of film and are seeing the mistakes they're making consistently. He thinks they understand that they let some opportunities slip away last week.
"I just think there's been a little more seriousness," he said about the team's mentality in practice.
North Rowan comes to town sporting a 2-4 record. Both wins have come in Yadkin Valley Conference play, with the Cavaliers beating South Stanly 12-0 and East Montgomery 34-7 the past two weeks.
Simmons said North Rowan might be the fastest team they play this year. He said it features a strong defensive front that will challenge the Mustang offensive line. On offense, Simmons said the Cavaliers are sort of a "two-headed monster" in that they will use the spread and throw the ball around as well as run more traditional formations and try to get to the perimeter.
"West Montgomery can fly, Jordan Matthews can fly," he said, "but this might be faster from top to bottom, from nose guard to quarterback. They got speed everywhere and they're going to get after it."
Simmons said the team is really excited for the homecoming atmosphere tonight.
"It's all about these seniors and it's about these football players and really, it's all about North Moore," he said. "I mean the whole week, everyone's done a great job, all the faculty's done a great job of planning different events and doing different things. There's a level of excitement there and it's neat that it culminates with a football game.
"That's what makes football so cool. Homecoming's about a lot of different things, but at the end of the day on Friday night at 7:30, this is the place to be. We're trying to make this into the place to be around here."
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