Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY


August 29, 2012

Big test

Caverna travels to Heath on Friday

GLASGOW — The Caverna High School football season is a long journey to the top with some pretty big obstacles standing in the way. The Colonels will run into their biggest obstacle of the season this week when they travel to Paducah on Friday night to face Heath High School.

The Pirates, usually one of the dominant teams in Class 2A football, has struggled through hard times over the past few years. Heath has won only nine ballgames in the last four seasons. And the Pirates have opened the 2012 campaign with back-to-back losses.

However, Caverna coach Rodney Middleton isn’t taking the Pirates for granted. He said the Pirates may not have the best record in the division, but they deserve respect from opponents.

“Heath is 0-2, but they’ve been competitive in every game they’ve played this year,” said Middleton.

“They lost by six points (26-20) to a very good Ballard Memorial in the first game of the year and by two (37-35) against Reidland last week. So, they’ve been in every game this season.”

Middleton said the Pirates organize their offense around the quarterback position.

Junior signal-caller Landon Rice is the man that makes the engine run for the Pirates.

“They have a dual-threat quarterback (Rice), he can run and throw the ball,” said Middleton. “That’s their bread and butter. We’re trying to make some changes on both sides of the ball because we haven’t picked things up yet, so we’re having to make some changes.”

Don’t be surprised if Heath also brings out senior LaDarius Jackson to run the offense. The talented player gives defenses something else to think about.

“Their offense is centered around their quarterback Landon Rice. He’s a big guy and he has some pretty good wheels on him,” Middleton said.

“To try and stop him, I am going to do what I did last year against Bardstown Bethlehem.  I am going to put my best player, which is Aaron Reed, on him. Aaron will spy on him all night long.”

Offensively for Caverna, Middleton is looking for some kind of spark to ignite the Colonels. Caverna, unfortunately, is still looking for its first points of the season.

The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff.


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