Friday Preview: Ledford could be without QB White at Central
Ledford overcame adversity last week to scratch out an important Mid-Piedmont Conference victory. They may have to do it again this week at Central Davidson if news today is not good for senior quarterback Bubba White.
Injuring his knee during the third quarter of the 28-21 win over Western Guilford, White will undergo an MRI today to find out the severity of the injury. His status for this week and the future remains unclear until test results are in.
“We will know officially Wednesday what is going on with it,” said LHS coach Chris Adams. “We are certainly preparing as if he is not going to play this week. But we are hoping we get some good news.”
In the event that White is not available, Koby Younger would get the start against the Spartans. A quarterback for the junior varsity, Younger came in while the Panthers were down and helped stage a comeback with determined running from Dalton Harris and George Melvin.
“Friday he came in during the third quarter and we were behind,” Adams said. “He came in and did a nice job under difficult circumstances.”
Central will get Ledford on its home turf and are encouraged by their 33-0 shutout of Southwestern Randolph to begin league play. The Spartans had consecutive setbacks before the encounter with the Cougars.
Ledford's defense will be tested by the misdirection offense of the Spartans. Staying home and making the right read is crucial in defending against it. Going up against a massive front will pose additional challenges.
“They probably have more size up front than anybody we will see all year,” said Adams. “Given what they do in their offense, that size will present a major problem for us. They have four guys on the offensive line that are 300 pounds plus. That is hard to defend and simulate in practice. We know our hands will be full.”
The Panthers (4-1) went up two scores last week before surrendering the lead and regaining it late. Putting together a full 48 minutes is something Adams will be looking for as LHS seeks a 2-0 start in the MPC.
“The team got off to a nice start and we finished well. We just have to make sure we dress things up here in the middle and keep our edge and focus.”
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