Thomas Dale set to face L.C. Bird in The Battle of Chester

The biggest rivalry in high school sports is back this Friday night as The Thomas Dale Knights square off against L.C. Bird Skyhawks in what is known as the Battle of Chester. The battle began back in 1978 when L.C. Bird officially opened. The heated rivalry will look to add another chapter to its history this Friday night.

TEAM RUNDOWN:

 

Thomas Dale Knights

 

Head Coach: Kevin Tucker

 

Colors: Maroon/Grey

 

2016 Record: 9-3

 

2017 Record: 1-0

L.C. Bird Skyhawks

 

Head Coach: Tony Nicely

 

Colors: Navy Blue/Navy/White

 

2016 Record: 11-1

 

2017 Record: 1-0

 

 

 

Thomas Dale Knights

 

The Knights dominated Cosby last week in a 45-0 shutout victory. Despite having Devonte Chandler out for the year due to an ACL tear, the defense held Cosby to 34 yards passing and 29 yards rushing. Sophomore running back Chris Tyree rushed for 187 yards and two touchdowns on only seven attempts.

 

Keys to victory

 

Run the ball effectively

 

The Knights have an elite running game with Chris Tyree, Emilio Johnson and Isaiah Minns. They have to control the clock by running the ball and keeping the Skyhawks offense off the field.

 

Protect the Quarterback

 

John Pierce was under pressure for most of the night against Cosby. The offensive line will have to bring their ‘A’ game to make sure Pierce has a clean pocket.

 

Attack the ball

 

The Darkzone defense needs to bring the same intensity they brought last week if they want any shot of beating the Skyhawks.

 

Cut the penalties

 

Dale was on the wrong side of the penalties last week committing 17 penalties for 155 yards. This needs to come down tremendously this week.

 

The Knights look to square off against L.C. Bird this Friday night, September 1, at 6 PM at Thomas Dale High School. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth on game day.

 

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Michael Bish

Michael Bish

Michael Bish is a Writer/On-Air Personality at FOX Sports/WHAP. He covers NFL, NHL, NBA and College Football. He's covered major sporting events and has interviewed several professional and collegiate athletes. Michael is also a Co-Host on The MC Sports Report on FOX Sports Radio WHAP.

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