Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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September 7, 2012

Contain

Trojans hope to contain Monroe's Wilson

GLASGOW — The Barren County Trojans, despite what their 1-2 record might indicate, have actually been playing some pretty good defense as of late. The Trojans have bent, but not really broken this year, and BCHS has played well in all three games.

Well, if the Trojans want to even their record at 2-2 heading into district play, the Barren County defense will be tested for sure this Friday when the Trojans host Monroe County and senior quarterback Chad Wilson.

“We have to keep playing good defense and I have been proud of our defense and the way that unit has played all season,” said Barren County coach Jason Esters. “When we’re playing well and things are clicking, I think we have one of the toughest defenses we’ve had since I have been here. We have a lot of kids that gained experience last year and that’s really helped us this season.”

Friday’s kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

“Defensively against Monroe County, we’ve got to keep things contained and keep them bottled up. Most of their offense runs through Chad Wilson and we’re going to have to do a good job of containing him,” said Esters. “We don’t want him to get loose in our secondary because then we would be in trouble. He’s a real good athlete and when he is in space, he’s hard to tackle.”

And tackling him has been difficult for many teams to do. Wilson has rushed for 347 yards and six touchdowns, and has thrown for 187 yards. And when Wilson isn’t carrying the ball, Monroe County has looked to put it in the hands of Jacob Hodges, who has rushed for 318 yards and  two touchdowns.

“Monroe County’s running the option and we want other people to have their hands on the ball instead of Chad. However, Chad does a good job of running the option, has a good sense of when to pull it and when to give it,” Esters commented.

“That’s what we’ve been focusing on in practice this week and that’s no secret. I am sure every team Monroe County plays will be focusing on stoping the option.

“Hodges is a really good back. Last year we keyed on Chad. This year, they have the other weapon in the backfield. We have been focusing on Chad, but we know we have to keep an eye on Hodges. However, if they get in trouble we know who they look to and that’s Chad.”

The Trojans, on the other hand, seem to be swinging away from a run-oriented offense and becoming a more balanced attack.

“In the past we were a run-heavy team. This year, we’re becoming more balanced,” said Esters. “We’ve been throwing the ball so much more this year because our backfield has been so banged up. I can’t wait until we get back to full strength.”

Senior quarterback Josh Durham will direct the Trojans on offense. The signal-caller has developed into a pretty good passer and has posed some problems for teams with his ability to run with the ball.

“We’ve got to get ready for the district and I think it would be a big momentum changer for us going into the district 2-2, instead of 1-3,” Esters said.

“You don’t want to go into the district with a losing record, so we’re looking to get some things going for ourselves on Friday. If we come out slow, it could be a long night for us. But if we can come out and put things together, we’ve got a good shot to win this game.”

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