"We're going to have to make them punt the ball and get a turnover here or there, because if you let them run 20, 25 straight plays, you're not going to win the game," Lemley said. "That's going to be a goal this week. Nitro kept the ball the whole first half, so we were limited on our number of offensive plays, but we really have to work on stopping them and making them punt so we can get the ball back."
The Grizzlies' power lies in the line, though the offensive formations vary.
"We spread the ball out," Morris said. "If you went down to the basic core of our offense, it's a pro-I type set: either slot or two wideouts and you're in the I (-formation) and from there we kind of spread things out, get in the gun. We probably are in the gun 65 percent, maybe under center the other 35 percent, but for the most part we're a gun-oriented type of team."
Morris said in addition to Sagraves in the backfield, Nicholas utilizes tailbacks Will Mayes and John Isabell, as well as fullback Andy Woods and Josh Jarvis. Poca plans to keep the Nicholas defense on its heels with the strength of the Dots' own talented backfield in T.T. Loudin, Justin Stewart, Kenny Stewart and Levi Clendenin, Lemley said.
"I really believe we have three or four decent running backs, some good running backs," he said. "Our deal is opening up some holes for them and stopping the team on defense so we can get the ball."
In the first week, junior Justin Stewart started at quarterback throwing for 48 yards, but impressed more with 20 carries and 205 rushing yards. Senior Kenny Stewart finished with two touchdowns, while Loudin added one rushing score.
"We're a running football team, but we like to pass, too," Lemley said. "If the pass is there, we'll take it. We'll run just about every play that's out there and we'll run some I-formation also, different formations out of that. I think we just need to get repetitions in. I think that's a key for us right now, because the game experience is what we need.
"I think this week's going to be a tough game, because I know Nicholas County is a great football team. We need to grow up and start executing what we know how to do."
Whether the Poca or Nicholas game plan wins out, one team will leave this Friday with its first victory of the season.