By Mike Powell
Which Draughn football team will show up to play Cherryville this Friday night at Rudisill Stadium?
The team which gave up 112 points in blowout losses to West Lincoln and Freedom in the first two weeks of the season?
Or the squad that put 55 points on the scoreboard last week in a 55-52 win over Fred T. Foard in a Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference game?
One thing seems certain: The Wildcats (1-2) are “very good on offense,” according to Cherryville head coach Tim Pruitt. “They have a quarterback who can run and pass, several good receivers, one big back who is physical and another who is quick and gets into space.”
Cherryville, on the other hand, has had trouble getting its offense untracked in its last two outings, both on the road. The Ironmen (1-2, 1-0) were shut out at Chase (40-0) and held to six points at West Lincoln (69-6). Only in its season opener against Christ the King did Cherryville click on offense, a 43-20 win in a Southern Piedmont 1A Conference game.
On defense, Draughn tends to play man-to-man in the secondary while crowding the line of scrimmage with eight in the box, Pruitt said. That strategy may challenge the Ironmen’s offensive line to open running lanes for senior running back Jayden Blanton, the team’s leading rusher by far. Blanton has ran for 367 yards and five touchdowns in the Ironmen’s first three games of the season.