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August 24, 2012

Early challenge

Scotties host Bullitt Central and speedy tailback Carnell

GLASGOW — Rick Wood, the head football coach at Glasgow High School, is always up for a challenge. Wood is ultra-competitive and he’s ready to see just what his team can accomplish each Friday night.

Well, after rolling to an easy victory over Todd County Central last Friday night, Wood knows things will be a little tougher for the Scotties this Friday when Glasgow plays up in class to host the 5A Bullitt Central Cougars.

“This is a very good challenge for us,” said Wood, “this early in the season.”

The game is slated for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Royse Stadium.

Bullitt Central comes into Friday’s contest with a 0-1 record after losing 41-35 to South Oldham. The Cougars are directed by the duo of quarterback Bradley Combs and tailback Trevor Carnell.

“Their sophomore running back Trevor Carnell has blossomed into probably the top sophomore running back in the Louisville area. Last week, he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and he ran for two more, and he rushed for over 150 yards,” said Wood. “He’s very dynamic and a major concern for us.

“They’ve got two guys that are very good. Besides Carnell, their quarterback, Bradley Combs, is pretty good. Probably 85 percent of their offense goes through those two guys. They do a super job. A lot of times they’re the only two in the backfield. They go out of the pistol formation with a lot of faking to Carnell, then the quarterback can take it himself.”

Wood said the Scotties will try to keep the ball away from Carnell as much as possible, kicking away from him every opportunity.

“There is no question we will have to stay at home on defense,” Wood said. “One of the big points of practice this week has been playing your position because Carnell is so athletic. He will start one way, and if it gets bottled up there, he has the ability to free lance and take it the other way. It is going to take 11 people on defense playing their absolute best to slow him down.”

Wood said he was pleased with the way his offense played last Friday against Todd County. He said with nine new starters on that side of the ball, he was eager to get a look at those players in varsity action.

“When you have nine new starters, you can learn a lot from every game,” said Wood. “I know people thought we knew that (big victory) was going to happen last Friday, but we really didn’t. Our kids played well, Todd County turned the ball over and it just kind of snowballed on them.

“The thing we do every week is grade the film and there are plenty of things to work on. And that was the case this week. You’re never as good as you think you are. We’ve got plenty to work on. But we feel good about our kids. The only thing they don’t have is experience and they’re going to get that each week.”

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