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Valdosta State Preps For Quarterfinal Contest With Lenoir-Rhyne

Posted at 12:35 AM, Nov 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-28 00:35:00-05

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) - As far as college football goes, in Division II, there are eight teams left vying for a National Championship. After manhandling Bowie State Saturday, Valdosta State is one of those teams.

Next up for the Blazers? Lenoir-Rhyne in third round play. Once again, Valdosta State will host, and expect a high scoring affair. Like the Blazers, the Bears put up a lot of offens, and like VSU, they're ranked in the top 20 in the country in total offense. 

"The big thing for us is be prepared. Understand our eye discipline, where we're looking," said head coach Kerwin Bell of getting ready to face the Bears. "They show a lot of window dressing, we call it eye candy before the snap with motions and things like that. We have to make sure we have our keys, don't give up the big play off the pass play in play action. There's a lot of stuff we have to go over this week. It's a little bit different in the offense that they run than what most people run. We just have to make a big adjustment to their system and make sure we're ready to go."

Valdosta State is just three wins away from celebrating a National title, but Bell added they're really focused on taking this one game at a time.

"It's good that we have a regular week now. We're ready to make this three week run," he said. "It starts this week. I told our team this is the biggest challenge of the year. I think overall as a football team top to bottom, offensively, defensively, special teams, Lenoir-Rhyne really has a good football team. They're well coached and it's going to be a big challenge for us to see if we can move forward."

Kickoff against the Bears is set for Saturday December 1st at 1:00 at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium in Valdosta.