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Pointers, Dragons to collide

Not only are the South Point Pointers feeling good about getting their first win of the season last week, all of the sudden they’re in a league title race.

Friday, October 08, 1999

Not only are the South Point Pointers feeling good about getting their first win of the season last week, all of the sudden they’re in a league title race.

"This was what the kids were expecting and the coaches, too. We just had all the injuries at the beginning, especially defensively. We’ve had a good game now, the attitude is good, and they know they can do it. Winning and losing is an attitude," Pointers coach Chris Watts said.

"We’re looking at this as a new season. There’s nothing we can do about what’s happened already. We’re not even thinking OVC. We’re just approaching this as going 2-0 if we can win this week. But I’m sure they’re approaching it with the same idea in mind."

South Point is only 1-5 overall but 1-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference. But in order for the Pointers to stay in contention, they must beat the Fairland Dragons Friday night.

Fairland comes into its first conference game 2-3 and fresh off a 28-7 win over Tolsia, W.Va. The Pointers lost 27-14 to Tolsia a few weeks ago.

"They’re big. Real big," Watts said of the Dragons. "They don’t do a lot of flashy stuff. They come right at you. They have a nice line. They have some young kids playing, so their strength is to power the ball at you."

Teams have been powering the ball against the Pointers all season because of an undersized and inexperienced defensive line. But Watts isn’t about to make any excuses.

"We’re young, but after six games we shouldn’t be making the same mistakes. We can’t use that as an excuse any more," said Watts. "I think a big thing for both teams is how things go early. We have to come out and play well and we have to stop them."

Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.