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FRIDAY PREVIEW: Raiders hope to slow down Tigers’ potent offense

Whether it’s West Liberty-Salem’s high-octane spread or Benjamin Logan’s gritty triple-option attack, both squads had no trouble finding the end zone. The two teams combined for 116 points in their season openers.

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Points could come in abundance when the Tigers host the Raiders Friday in a local non-league contest at 7:30 p.m.

WL-Salem won 44-12 a year ago against Ben Logan on the Tigers’ way to a perfect 10-0 regular season. The Tigers averaged 42 points per game last fall and Ben Logan head coach Carleton Cotner knows his defense is in for a test.

“Slowing down a team like West Liberty will be tough,” said Cotner. “They are gifted athletically at their skill positions. They went 10-0 last year and have picked up where they left off. It will be a tremendous challenge for our kids, defensively.

“I don’t know if you can ever truly shut them down with an offense that good. You don’t want to give up the big play. You hope somewhere they make a mistake and that you can capitalize on that. We feel we’ve got a good plan in place and will do everything we can to make it a tough night for them.”

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