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Darlington and Crestwood set to battle for first win

By Alayna Smith | Darlington Contributor

The Darlington Falcons aim to snap its three-game losing streak against the Crestwood Knights on Friday. 

The Knights defeated Darlington last season 40-7, and one of their missions this season is to “play smart and play strong”.

“I am super confident going into this game,” said junior outside linebacker Amari Solaman. “We’ve been on the field practicing plays every day! I know me and my team are ready for the Knights on Friday.”

The Knights and the Falcons have the same 0-3 overall record, but the Falcons are hungry for more.

“I feel great about this upcoming game” said senior quarterback Brian Robinson. “I have faith in my team. I am currently injured but I’m still cheering them on. We will turn this streak around!”

The Falcons are looking to rise after having hired Raymond Jennings as coach, during the off season.  

“Practice has been intentionally more focused and my attempt was to try and put pressure on the kids to get better in spots.” said Jennings “We are needing depth in some crucial areas and we want to develop that depth. We have tried to pressure each position to get better as we start the middle of our season.”

The team is preparing physically by working on different phases of the game to include special teams and working to develop young and inexperienced players due to the large amount of injuries they are dealing with.

“Our mental approach to the game has to get better as the competition demands it,” said Jennings. “We must continue to prepare and plan for adversity in our program as it happens in every game and just like in life, the response is crucial.  How we approach adversity and our preparedness will be the difference.”

The Falcons are optimistic for a win against Crestwood. Kickoff is set for 7:30 PM.  

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