Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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August 18, 2012

Passing game

Hornets hope to ground BCHS 'Air Attack'

GLASGOW — Freddie Harbison, the head football coach at Metcalfe County High School, has been watching a lot of film lately.  And Harbison’s main focus this past week has been on the Barren County Trojans. The Hornets and the Trojans will battle in the nightcap of Saturday’s T.J. Samson Healthcare Career Bowl at Barren County High School.

And though Harbison, who served as an assistant coach for his brother, Larry, for many years, may have thought he knew exactly what the Trojans would try to do, after watching film, Harbison is not positive of the best way to defend the Barren County opponents.

“They’re a really big school with a lot of students. That’s hard to overcome,” said Harbison. “The biggest thing we’re going to have to work to overcome is Barren County is usually so much bigger than we are on the line of scrimmage. That’s really tough.”

Kickoff is slated for approximately 8 p.m.

“At their scrimmage this year against Edmonson County, which we have some film of, they threw the ball a lot more than they had in the past. We’re going to have to make sure we don’t let their receivers get behind us.”

But Harbison’s been around long enough, and has known Barren County coach Jason Esters long enough, to know nothing is for sure until game time.

“But just because they threw the ball a lot against Edmonson County doesn’t mean they will against us. If they come up and their offensive line is bigger than the defensive line, they may convert back to the run. That’s why we have to focus on getting people to the defensive line and plugging the holes.”

Harbison said one of the keys to the game could come down to the play of Barren County’s first-year quarterback Josh Durham.

“It is extremely important in the opening moments of the game, whether you’re young or old, you want to put pressure on the quarterback,” Harbison said. “And if you don’t, he will sit back there and pick you apart.”

On defense, Harbison said the Trojans are an active, aggressive defense that tries to make plays.

“Defensively, they get to the ball really quick,” said Harbison. “So, we’ve got to put people in position, pick the linebackers up, open up the gap and give us a little running room.”

Harbison has also decided that Ty McMurtrey will get the call at quarterback on Saturday.

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