Levi Pettijohn and NSM host Class 2A Region 8 foe Asbury on Homecoming Friday night.

Last week’s game was a forgettable one for the North Sand Mountain football team.

The Bison suffered a 54-28 loss at No. 6-ranked Collinsville in an important Class 2A Region 8 matchup.

But instead of forgetting it, NSM is intent on using it to improve.

“They took it personal,” said NSM head coach Keith Kirby of his team. “We thought we were going to win, but instead we got punched in the gut. They came back to work this week. We’ve got to become better blockers, better tacklers. Try to get better every day.”

NSM (1-1, 0-1) looks to rebound from the loss when they host region foe Asbury for Homecoming Friday night at 7 at Lloyd Dobbins Field in Higdon.

It’s the second all-time meeting between the schools. NSM won 53-14 at Asbury last season in the inaugural game of the series.

Asbury (1-2, 0-1), which is under the direction of new head coach Chris Williams, is coming off a pair of losses to Gaylesville 46-6 and Cedar Bluff 41-6 after starting the season with a 35-20 win over Brindlee Mountain. The Rams began playing football in 2016 and are 2-31 all-time with both wins coming against its Marshall County rival Brindlee Mountain. Asbury is 0-22 all-time in region games.

NSM will be a heavy favorite against the Rams, but Kirby said the Bison are focused on putting together a better performance this week than last week, regardless of the opponent they’re playing.

“We’ve got be better,” he said. “We’ve got to improve, keep improving and build some momentum and carry it forward. If we do, maybe we’ll be a good football team down the road.”


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