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Eagles and Oilers load up the bus

on October 11, 2012

The Kennedy Eagles (2-4) and Richmond Oilers (0-6) hit the road Friday night, as both teams continue their quest for a league title.

Eagles head coach Mack Carminer said his team doesn’t have a big head just because of last week’s 40-7 thumping of De Anaza, and expects Friday night’s game against the Albany Cougars (0-6) to be just as challenging.

“We got one-of-five wins complete and this week we’re going to try and make it two,” he said by telephone. “That’s our goal. We’re trying to get five wins one week at a time.”

Oilers head coach Tashaka Merriweather, meanwhile, walked the sideline and blew his whistle Wednesday afternoon as he put several of his players who decided to show up late for weight training through a running and push-up drill.

Merriweather said discipline and accountability would get his team over the hump. “Until we get that mental discipline our offense will struggle,” he said.

The Oilers have reached the end zone only four times this season and have been shut out in half of their games.

“We’ll have a drive and then a fumble,” Merriweather said describing his team’s offensive woes. “Or we’ll break a long one and have a penalty. Or we’ll get to the red zone and just hit a wall.”

Hitting a wall is not something the Oilers want to do against Hercules. The Titans put up 35 points against Albany last week, and look to do the same against an Oilers defense that allows 28 points per game.

Kickoff for Friday night’s Kennedy game is at 5 p.m., while the Oilers start at 7 p.m.

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