Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY


August 23, 2012

Speed and size

Hornets looking to counter Monroe County's speed, size

GLASGOW — Football coaches watch a lot of game film trying to come up with a solution to their team’s ills. If the team doesn’t throw the ball well, then the receiver may not be running the route well. And if the defense  is tackling well, it could be all about technique.

Well, after Freddie Harbison watched the game film of his Metcalfe County Hornets’ game last Friday with Barren County, he’s not sure what he can take from that game and use to prepare for Friday’s contest with Monroe County. The undersized Hornets played very well against the Trojans, but Metcalfe County’s size, or lack there of, couldn’t be overcome.

“The big thing for us is we did compete well against Barren County,” Harbison said. “We didn’t do a good job with our punt blocking last Friday and we’ve been working on that over the last couple of days. But if you take a couple of those situations away, and a couple of turnovers away, it is a close game.

“But their size on the line was too much for us. Monroe County usually has a lot of size and speed, so we’re probably going to have to overcome size again on Friday. And there’s not a lot you can do about that.”

The Hornets, 0-1 on the year, will host the Monroe County Falcons, 1-0, on Friday with kickoff slated for 7 p.m.

Harbison said the Falcons have multiple offensive weapons to offer a defense and the engine in the Monroe County offense is quarterback Chad Wilson.

“He’s probably as good if not the best of any athletes we will see this year,” said Harbison. “And the thing we have to look at is how they run the option. Most teams that run the option, have either a good fullback, quarterback or tailback you can pitch to.

“But when Chad comes down the line in the option, he has a good fullback and he’s tough as the quarterback and he does an excellent job pitching. The option really puts pressure on teams because of the players they have running it.”

And Harbison said when you play against the option, you have to make sure to attack all three parts of the option.

Someone has to be on the fullback, the quarterback and on the pitch.

And Harbison said if you’re able to stop the Monroe County ground game, opposing coaches then have to worry about Wilson’s ability to throw the ball.

“Offensively, we will probably run the same things we ran against Barren County. The thing is when we get in pressure situations, and opposing coaches start sending everyone, we can’t allow ourselves to get pushed into the backfield,” Harbison explained.

“That’s what beat us in Barren County. We would move the ball, then they would put a bunch of people up on the line  and our young kids upfront would get confused sometimes. We’re going to just have to create some gaps up front.”

Harbison said his players seem to be rebounding well after last week’s loss at Barren County and are looking forward to facing the Falcons.

“We had a good week of practice. The kids know we’re quite a bit younger than many of the teams we play this year,” said Harbison. “But I think they understand if we keep coming to work every day, we will get better. Our future is getting brighter, we just have work on the future right now.”


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