The football team defeated Linden-McKinley 20-6 on Sept. 22 and will be seeking its third consecutive victory when it travels to Northland on Friday, Sept. 29.

Even though the Braves have won their past two games, coach Don Poff realizes his team must play better against the Vikings, who won last year's meeting 32-30.

"Northland is a well-coached, aggressive football team that can run and pass on offense and has a lot of weapons," he said. "They're usually pretty physical on defense.

"To keep winning, we're going to need to play a mistake-free game."

Whetstone and Northland both enter the contest 2-3 overall, but the Braves are 2-0 in the City-North and the Vikings are 1-1 after losing to Mifflin 48-34 on Sept. 22.

In a 62-13 win over Centennial on Sept. 15, Northland posted 482 total yards, including 256 passing with four touchdowns on just 10 completions.

The Vikings are led offensively by running backs John Branham Jr. and Mike Williams, receivers Khalil Branham and Jesse Prewitt III and quarterback Mike White. The Branhams are brothers.

Leading Northland's defense are linebackers Alfie Banks and Ezekiel Hannon, nose tackle Jordan McCall and Williams in the secondary.

Whetstone used a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns by T.J. Johnson to break a 6-all tie against Linden.

Johnson scored on a 12-yard run and then grabbed an 8-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Terris Crider.

The Braves took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter when Anthony Mirando returned a fumbled punt 14 yards for a touchdown. Lincoln Mullins forced the fumble with his tackle.

"We made a number of big plays on defense," Poff said. "(Defensive back) Ibrahim Sesay had two interceptions, (lineman) Gerard Reynolds had two sacks and Johnson and Mullins had great games at linebacker. (Defensive back) Oshea Jones also played well.

"I also thought Johnson and Mullins played well on offense with some hard football runs."

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