Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY


August 31, 2012

The Game

BCHS visits Glasgow Friday

GLASGOW — Often, when a football coach is preparing for his next opponent, he decides on his best defensive plan following hours of film work. Most teams will guard against the run, almost hoping to force teams to throw the ball more. Or, the opposing quarterback throws the ball well, so your defensive coordinators will scheme to take that away.

However, after watching a lot of game film on crosstown rival Glasgow over the last couple of days, Esters knows he and his defensive staff don’t have the luxury of isolating on only one part of the Glasgow attack. Instead, the Scotties have the ability to score on the ground or in the air.

“They have athletes everywhere and they’re very talented. I know (Glasgow) coach (Rick) Wood thinks they’re young, but sometimes having that raw talent over experience is better.,” said Esters. “And they have talent all over the field.”

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

“I have been impressed with Glasgow’s Quentel Bradley and Marquez Trigg in the backfield,” said Esters. “Milas Norris and Gary Settles do a good job of catching the football. And the quarterback, Ryan Hinkley, he’s a pretty good player. And I know he’s probably not on the level of (last year’s starting quarterback) Parker Cash, but he knows the system and he does a good job moving the ball down the field.”

The Scotties come into the game 2-0 and have been able to claim the wins pretty easily. Glasgow is averaging 310 yards of total offensive, just about all of it coming on the ground. In just two games, Bradley leads the way with 253 yards of rushing, while Trigg has 192 yards and four touchdowns in just two games.

“I figure they’re going to try and get the ball into the hands of Bradley and Trigg and get them out on the edge,” Esters said.

“They will try to outrun you, a lot of sweeps. We’ve got to stay at home. If we overpursue them, trying to get them on the sweep, they will look for cutback lanes, reverses and even some play action stuff.

“They’re a really talented team, so we’re going to have to be fundamentally sound. And if we can keep them bottled up, from tackle to tackle, we should be able to hang around. And if we’re able to hang around, then we can see what happens.”

Only one team has been able to score on the Scotties this year and that was Bullitt Central last week.

Esters said his team has been working diligently to become a better offensive unit and the Trojan mentor thinks the Barren County offense may be able to give Glasgow’s talented defense a few frustrating moments.

“We’re doing a lot better job upfront as far as not taking any sacks. But on offense, we’ve got to do a better job of catching the football,” said Esters.

“I know (BCHS quarterback) Josh (Durham) didn’t throw the ball a lot last week, but some of his throws hit the receivers in the hands. We’ve got to catch the football and move the chains. We can’t shoot ourselves in the foot.”

Esters reminded his team this week in practice the season is a marathon and that, though they want to win every game, his goal is to get his team prepared for the upcoming district competition.

“Our district is the heart of our season, but the first four games of the season, mean a lot to us,” said Esters.

“It will affect what we do in the district, when we face the Bowling Greens and Warren Centrals. We want to use these first few games as confidence builders. We want to take something we can have pride in from every game into the next week’s game.”

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Barren County vs. Glasgow