Friday, September 11, 2009

S-V-W-W hosts Vienna-Goreville

By Pete Spitler, The Southern
Thursday, September 10, 2009 11:56 PM CDT

The Brock and Rock Connection will look to keep rolling along tonight at 7 p.m., as Sesser-Valier-Waltonville-Woodlawn tries to open the season 3-0 for the first time since 2004.

But standing in the way of that are Mike Rude and the visiting Vienna-Goreville Eagles, who are coming off a 45-0 loss to Fairfield and are slugging their way through the toughest stretch of their season.

"You've got coach Rude and the single-wing back in the conference," said S-V-W-W coach John Shadowens. "It's hard to prepare for because you can't recreate it.

"We've got all the respect in the world for Vienna-Goreville."

The Red Devils' powerful offense will be a concern for the Eagles. Fullback Tyler Rock and running back Brock Wheatley are just two weapons for S-V-W-W. Quarterback Kendall Gibson, tight end T.J. Eubanks and wide receiver Dane Eubanks could all make life difficult for Vienna-Goreville.

Wheatley ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns last week in a 33-6 win over Hamilton County. Rock added 61 yards and two scores on the ground and also hauled in a 43-yard pass from Gibson to put S-V-W-W in front 14-0 in the first quarter against the Foxes.

"We've got weapons galore," Shadowens said. "We've got weapons on the perimeter and we're probably pretty difficult to defend. I wouldn't want to defend us."

But Vienna-Goreville is going to have to and will look to Colten Krelo, Dylan Kramp and Dillon Hall as some of the athletes who could make it happen.

"We need to make some people drive the length of the field and we need an excellent start (today)," Rude said. "(S-V-W-W) has had two very tough games to start their season. I'm hoping they look ahead to Fairfield and forget about us for a little while."

Shadowens insisted his team isn't looking past the Eagles prior to the Black Diamond Conference showdown with the Mules in Week 4.

"They're definitely not looking past Vienna," Shadowens said. "The season is very, very young and we haven't done anything yet."

Defensively, Rude is hoping for a better showing against the Red Devils. Vienna-Goreville matches up better physically with S-V-W-W than Fairfield.

"We just got whipped physically," Rude said of the contest against the Mules. "They did to us whatever they wanted to do to us. I thought it was a combination of my poor coaching and the fact that we played an upper-echelon team."

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