With one game left in their season, the Barren County Trojans (1-8 overall) are looking for positives to carry into their off season.
“I think it’s critical for us as a program to go into the off season with a win,” BCHS head football coach Jason Esters said Thursday evening. “We will get an opportunity to win our last game of the season and not a lot of teams can say that. It’s not the game we want to win, but that’s one positive we can take from this season.”
Obviously, Esters would like for his team to be geared toward a playoff run beginning next week, but because the Trojans play in a five-team district, they will be one of 30 teams to stay home when the postseason lights come on Nov. 3.
Muhlenberg County (1-8 overall), the Class 6A team Esters hopes his squad can beat tonight at 7 p.m. in Greenville, will be a playoff team despite not winning a district contest.
There are only four teams in the Mustangs’ district and four teams from each district with that many qualify for the playoffs.
All that aside, the Barren County coach said his team had a good week of practice and the players worked on specific things on which they needed to improve to try to end the year with a positive outcome.
“We got lulled to sleep there a couple of times (last week),” Esters said referring to big pass plays on which Taylor County scored last Friday.
The Cardinals ran an option offense much like the one the Mustangs will run this Friday.
“That’s a concern for us this week because we have some young players out there on defense. We are trying to put them in spots to be successful,” Esters said. “That’s what we practiced on this week was not biting on the fakes and staying deep for the pass.”
The younger players, some of whom are freshmen, have been getting time on the field due to injuries to more experienced players. Esters said the youthful ones have talent, but the speed of the varsity game is something they’ve had to adjust to.
Senior quarterback Josh Durham, who also plays linebacker, is one of those experienced players nursing an injury. Durham started against Taylor County, but gave way to freshman Andrew Hughes at quarterback after two plays.
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