The Metcalfe Hornets (2-7, 1-2) will host the Caverna Colonels Friday night on their home turf — a game head coach Freddie Harbison said will be one for the ages.
“We’ve watched them against Holy Cross and Kentucky Country Day and they really play hard,” Harbison said. “Their linebackers really fly to the football. Offensively, they have a quarterback who plays hard and they have a good, solid running back. They’ve got a couple of talented receivers. It should be a good football game.”
One area that needs to improve is the communication among both lines as well as the linebacking core.
Harbison said offensive blocking is still an area of concern, as that is an area of emphasis during the team’s practices.
“We’re just basically working on our linemen … on them blocking and getting to their linebackers,” he said. “If we play our game then we have a chance for the win.”
Harbison said he’s seen many changes in his guys throughout the season — changes that should pay dividends in the game, as well as into the offseason.
“We’ve got guys who are believing in themselves,” he said. “They are getting more confidence in what they are doing. We’ve got some guys who feel they can now make plays. We have to get them all on the same level.”
Taking positives from last week’s 49-0 loss to Glasgow will be a critical part of the Hornets’ plan of attack on Friday.
“The big thing … I thought we played pretty well the week before in our game against Casey County,” Harbison said. “We played with a lot of energy in that game.”
Harbison added that playing intense, responsible football has been the centerpiece of his message this week.
“I told them that we have to play with energy, a lot of energy,” he said. “We have to be able to play with the same amount of energy in the second half as we do in the first half. We have to play with energy on every single play. In the past few weeks, our legs have given out late in the game.”
Shutting down the passing game of the Colonels will be pivotal if the Hornets expect to get back in the win column.
“We have to shut down their quarterback,” Harbison said. “We can’t let him run outside of the pocket. We have to play our gaps, play with energy and go forward.”
Harbison said, offensively, the goal will be to execute and keep the Colonels’ defense on their heels.
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