Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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September 12, 2012

Metcalfe County Football

Another 'big' obstacle awaits Hornets

GLASGOW — The Metcalfe County Hornets are becoming pretty accustomed to facing a huge challenge each Friday night when they take the football field. The Hornets opened the year against Barren County in the TJ Samson Bowl and followed that with games against larger schools like Monroe County, Hart County and Logan County.

And when Metcalfe County travels to Bowling Green on Friday night to face Warren East, it will be the fifth straight game for the Hornets to face a team in a higher classification.

“We haven’t played a Class 2A football team yet this season,” laughed Hornets’ coach Freddie Harbison. “I think the kids know how good Warren East is. But they’re still working hard, preparing well and trying to get better each week.”

Friday’s game is scheduled for 7 p.m.

“Warren East is bigger than us, more players and more size,” Harbison said. “They’ve got more experience than we do. That doesn’t sound good, but this is one of those games that’s going to help us get ready for our district schedule. We want to be doing some things better going into our district schedule and games like this can help us do that.”

The Hornets will open play in District 3 in Clinton County on Friday, Sept. 21.

“We have to keep trying to guard our gaps and be disciplined on defense,” said Harbison about his scheme for the Raiders. “We don’t want to give up the big play against them. It is important for us to compete well and get ready for the district. That’s when the games really matter to us.

“We’re going to play a balanced defense, putting the kids where they need to be. If you put one extra player somewhere, then you’re going to be off balance somewhere else.”

Warren East comes into Friday’s contest with a perfect 4-0 record. The Raiders have knocked off South Warren, Barren County, Monroe County and Daviess County. Warren East has scored 114 points in four games for an average of just over 28 points per contest. The Raiders have given up only 35 points for over four games.

Quarterback Jimmy Burns is the engine behind the Warren East offense. He can throw the ball well, but he can also run the ball when needed. However, the stable of horses behind Burns is where the Raiders do most of their damage. Warren East has no less than four guys coming out the backfield that have real speed.

Khyree Boards is the top back with 348 yards and four touchdowns on the season. Eli Brown is next with 214 yards and Marlyne Walton has chipped in with 105 yards. Devonte Duvall has rushed for 100 yards this season. And Burns is also fleet on his foot.

But Metcalfe County has shown moments of brilliance on offense this season.

The Hornets rallied to knock of Hart County two weeks ago and last Friday, despite the score of the game, Metcalfe County gave Logan County a real battle.

The Hornets kept pounding the ball on offense and tackling well on defense.

Metcalfe County failed to get a lot of yardage last Friday, but Harbison believes if the Hornets could take better care of the football, things would be different.

“We looked at the film of the Logan County game and we talked to the guys about it. For the most part, we didn’t really play all that bad. We jut kept turning the football over,” the coach relayed.

“We kept playing hard and the effort was there. I think a couple of the interceptions were merely us hanging onto the ball too long. And two of the fumbles, the guys got hit from behind and the ball popped loose. And then we muffed two punts.

“But I think we’re seeing a lot of progress offensively. Ty McMurtrey has gotten a lot better than he was earlier in the year. He still needs work, but he’s better.  We’re moving the ball a lot better than we were. We moved it very well last week, but then we would have a turnover. We’re going to keep plugging away and try to hold onto the football.

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