First win could be in order for Vandals

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By Andrew Harner

HILLSBORO – Still in search of their first win, the Vandals have their best chance of getting it at home this Friday.

Southwestern travels to town for a 7 p.m. start in a battle of the last two winless teams in the South Central Conference at Mark Greer Field.

“Our guys need something good to happen to them,” said Vandals coach John Stout. “They have approached each week in the correct manner, and I would like nothing better than to see us put it all together in the final part of the season.”

Following this Friday’s game, Vandalia hosts Pana (2-4) and travels to Greenville (6-0).

Vandalia – which has the worst defense in the conference at 47.17 points allowed per game – will be taking on the weakest offense in the conference, with the Birds averaging just 9.67 points per game and never scoring more than 19 in a game.

Southwestern doesn’t have the best defensive track record either – its 36.3 points allowed per game are the second-worst in the SCC – so Vandalia’s offense will be looking to continue piling on the points, as it has the past three weeks.

The Vandals have racked up per game averages of 360 yards and 32.67 points over the past three weeks.

But just because the stats line up in Vandalia’s favor doesn’t mean they should pencil in a sure victory.

“The thing that I saw is that (the Birds) are fairly big on the defensive front, and pursue to the ball well,” Stout said. “Our perimeter blocking will have to handle their edge people.”

Under first-year head coach Brian Borkowski, the Birds have a new look on offense.

In past seasons, they ran a unique formation that often played havoc with defenses, but now they mostly run in the I-formation.