|Chargers, Bulldogs pack their travel bags for Week 5 contests |
|By Stephanie Sturgis |
While the Westview Chargers are anxious to extend a streak with their Week 5 football game, the Gleason Bulldogs will be just as eager to end a streak when Friday night arrives. Both Dresden and Greenfield have open dates this week.
The Chargers will try to open the season with a 5-0 record for the first time since they advanced to the 2001 BlueCross Bowl and finished as the Class AA runner-up when they travel to Camden to take on the tough Lions in non-region action.
For Gleason (2-2, 0-2 Region 7-A), a trip south to Middleton to tangle with the host Tigers (0-4, 0-1 Region 8-A) provides an opportunity to snap a two-game losing skid and move over .500.
The Bulldogs nearly ended that string last week, falling in a close game to Lake County, 21-18. An inability to convert on two-point tries after touchdowns proved to be Gleason’s downfall. For the season, the Dawgs are 4-of-11 on two-point attempts and 0-for-2 when kicking on the point after play.
The Dawg defense must stop Middleton’s wishbone offense. The Tigers return nine starters on the offensive side. Chad Sweeton, a senior transfer student, is running the Tiger offense at quarterback. Middleton nearly picked up its first win of the season before falling to Halls, 14-7, last week. Halls is a team the Dawgs dominated, 38-13, in a Week 1 road contest.
The Chargers (4-0, 2-0 Region 8-2A) are coming off a strong performance against Peabody last week to maintain a share of the region lead. Camden’s Lions (3-1, 2-0 Region 7-2A) will square off against a WHS defense that has been dominating, allowing just an average of 10 points and 180 yards per game in 2007. The Chargers have also been opportunistic with six fumble recoveries and four interceptions. Plus-6 in the turnover margin, Westview has scored 40 points off turnovers compared to 14 by its foes.
Kickoff for both games is set for 7:30 on Friday night.