By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
TOWER CITY — Entering the 2013 campaign, the battle cry for Line Mountain was to finish the game.
Three weeks into the season, they have had leads of 14-3, 21-14 and 24-16 at halftime.
The Eagles have one win to show for it on the season as they head to Williams Valley on Friday for a Tri-Valley League game.
Line Mountain (1-2, 0-2 TVL) has been outscored 37-20 in the combined three games in the second half.
Yet, as Eagles Rodney Knock points out, they are five points away from being undefeated.
“We had a 1st-and-goal at the three-inch line and we fumbled the snap on a quarterback sneak,” Knock said. “Had we not fumbled, our quarterback Ryan Reed had a clear hole into the end zone.”
Knock noted the team will have to play all four quarters if it wants to upset Williams Valley this week.
“I told the kids that sometimes you have to lose in order to win and the biggest thing so far is that we are not taking advantage of opportunities,” he said. “We overthrew a kid by two inches or that would have been a touchdown. We have the ball inside the 30 in the second half three times last week and we’re just not getting the breaks right now.”
Knock went on to say that the kids are playing to the very end of each game and it will take mistake-free football to pull off the upset Friday night.
“Williams Valley is a tough team with a lot of skill guys back,” Knock said. “They don’t have a huge line, but you don’t need big linemen if you are getting the right blocks and the holes are there.
“The kids know that if we we’re 0-9 going into the final game of the season, I would be working just as hard as I do every week to make us be successful,” Knock added. “We have to figure out how to finish the game.”
The Vikings (3-0, 2-0 TVL) are averaging 42 points per game and 452 total yard on offense per game. Both are No. 1 in the TVL. The Vikings are also first in the TVL in defensive yards allowed with 152.7 yards per game.