VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The 19-44 loss on the road to North Alabama was a rude awakening for Valdosta State (1-1). Now the blazers defense will have to trust each other as they return home to face West Florida (2-1).
Valdosta State's defense was on-point in it's season opener against Albany state.
They tallied four interceptions and held the Golden Rams to 7 points in a win.
Last weekend they were unraveled.
The defense gave up 30 first half points and first-year head coach Kerwin Bell said it's growing pains for a team attempting to mesh.
The Blazers have 70 new faces suiting up this year, and Bell is looking for them to build trust one game at a time.
That includes this weekend's home affair with the Argonauts.
"We got to get back to make sure we keep building on that trust," said Bell. "One man does his job, understand and believe that the next man will do his just as well. That comes with a team growing, team being around each other being in those battles together. I hope we can learn from that and continue to grow coming into this week."
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 at Bazemore-Hyder Saturday night.