Prep Football: LHS must be more disciplined to hang with North
Chris Adams had a lot of good things to say about Ledford's performance in the first week of game action. On the flip side, he saw a lot of flaws that must be corrected with a 4-A power showing up at his doorstep Friday.
North Davidson will ride into Panther Stadium this week waving the flag proudly after walloping Thomasville in Week 1. If LHS is not mentally prepared and more disciplined, the black and orange will leave town with another convincing victory. Ledford had more than 150 penalty yards in its 34-14 win over West Davidson.
“We did some good things against West, but we were quick to point out to our guys Monday at practice that we made a lot of mistakes we just cannot make against North and down the road,” said the Ledford coach. “We need to get those things corrected or we are going to struggle.”
NDHS may have lost a ton of seniors from last year's team that made the state semifinals, but the showing against the Bulldogs confirmed they are still a dominant force.
Sophomore running back Kennedy McKoy will be the center of attention Friday night for the Ledford defense. Making his first varsity start, McKoy rushed for 248 yards and found the end zone three times.
“I know they lost a lot of kids off of last year's team, but they look impressive and have reloaded,” Adams said. “When you run for that many yards against a Thomasville defense it worries you. I thought with them having a new quarterback that may be an area that took them a little time to get comfortable. But it did not take him long to get started. He is a shifty runner and has some good guys up front opening holes for him.”
North will have to worry about the exact same position against LHS. The Panthers have two solid tailbacks that both rushed for more than 100 yards last week. Dalton Harris finished with 141 yards and three touchdowns, while George Melvin chipped in 115 including a 75-yard jaunt to paydirt.
“George needed a good game and to get some carries under his belt after having the severe injury he had last year,” said Adams. “For him to get through that game and not having to be overworked helped him get some confidence back.
“Dalton has great vision and sees things open up. He has a lot of natural instincts and does things we ask him to do. Anytime we can get him the ball in space he has a good chance to make something happen.”
In the 2012 meeting, Ledford hung tough and was right with the Black Knights through three quarters. A costly mistake on special teams opened the floodgates, though, leading to a 33-9 North rout.