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Bluefield, Princeton preview Week 4 gridiron rematch

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(WVVA) - After squaring off in Week 1 of the high school football season, both the Beavers and Tigers got back to work -- each securing big win in their second game of the season.

"The first game we played was basically a scrimmage -- we hadn't played anybody recently or anything," Bluefield senior Brandon Wiley admitted. "We just had to get our communication together and our chemistry and all that."

"It felt really good," Princeton senior Josiah Honaker said. "We needed that. Last week's over with, we're ready for this week."

This Friday will be a rematch of the season opener, a game Bluefield won 15-13.

Two games against a county rival in one season is strange enough, but two in the same month is practically unheard of.

"It's 2020, man," Princeton head coach Chris Pedigo smiled. "Everything is different."

But, Pedigo and his group are eager to go another round with the Beavers.

"The thing that matters the most is -- we have a second chance," Pedigo said. "It doesn't matter where we're playing it at, we need to try and take advantage of being given a second opportunity -- because in most football seasons, you're not given a second opportunity."

This time around, Princeton knows their defense will have to kick it up another notch.

"I mean, we're going to have to rally to the football," Pedigo said.

"Most likely we're going to have to be more physical -- and keep that same amount of energy and effort we had the first game," senior running back and linebacker Amir Powell added.

Bluefield knows its opponent is even more dangerous than they were back on September 4. That said, the focus this week has remained within.

"Nothing changes," Beavers head coach Fred Simon said. "We just want to go out there and do our best to play well … Just try and get better at what we do, whether it be running or passing, get better at the fundamentals. I think that's the key for us."

Kickoff from Princeton will be at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Nick Dugan

Sports Director

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