Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY


September 6, 2012


Hornets riding high, prepare for Logan County

GLASGOW — There’s a little more spring in the step of the Metcalfe County Hornets this week as they practice in preparation for a tough battle with visiting Logan County on Friday night.

The reason for all the joy was the Hornets’ come-from-behind 33-18 victory over Hart County last Friday. The win was Metcalfe County’s first victory of the year.

Now, Metcalfe County coach Freddie Harbison hopes that confidence carries over to Friday’s football game as the Hornets look to make it back-to-back victories.

“Hart County’s first offensive play last Friday went 82 yards for a touchdown. Then we let them get another big run of about, I think, 70 yards,” said Harbison. “Other than that, they probably only gained 50 or 60 yards.

“We were behind 14-0 early, but we kept driving and stayed with our game plan. If you have people going in the right gaps, you have it covered and that’s what we did. We’ve had a good week of practice. Winning really helps boost everyone’s confidence, but we’re going to have to play well again this weekend.”

Friday’s game is slated to start at 7 p.m.

“Logan County, it looks like they’re very well coached and they have some talented players. They graduated a lot of skilled players from last year, so the players that stepped in for them aren’t as experienced,” Harbison said. “As long as we do what we’re capable of and we’re disciplined on defense, I think we have a shot.

“Logan County, on offense, will be in a wing and a gun with two backs and run counters out of it. Sometimes they will be in a double wing, with one back, and run jet sweep plays and a few counters out of that. They’re banking on the run. They don’t have the speed they had in the past, but they’re still very quick.”

Logan County is struggling this year, currently 0-3 on the season with losses to Butler County, South Warren and Todd County Central.

“To defend that, everyone has a gap and they have to fill their gap. When the backfield takes the first step, you can’t take that first step. And if a guard or tackle is pulling, you have to step in the right direction. The defense will have to be focused.”

Defensively, the Cougars have been giving up a lot of points. So far this season, Logan County is giving up 30 points per game and Harbison hopes the Hornets can add to that number Friday.

“Logan County will run a 44 defense in cover 3. There are some formations we’re going to use that will hopefully get the numbers in our favor,” said Harbison. “And that’s what you do when you try and run the ball.

“We’re getting better at running the football. (Quarterback) Ty (McMurtrey) probably threw the ball better against Monroe County two weeks ago than he did against Hart County. We need him to keeping moving the ball for us, move the team down the field. But the offensive line has to do a better job of blocking for Ty, too. Some of those passes he threw last week were not his fault. It would have been hard for anyone to throw the ball under the pressure he had to throw it under.”

The schedule only gets tougher for the Hornets later this season with games against Glasgow, Warren East and Green County. Harbison believes that tough ledger makes Friday night’s game just that much more important.

“I am not as sure that a win on Friday is as important as playing well is,” Harbison said. “We have a young team, but we need to play well to help build the confidence of the players and their belief in what we’re doing.”

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