Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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August 23, 2012

Seriously

Despite record, Falcons taking Hornets very seriously

GLASGOW — John Petett, the head football coach at Monroe County High School, said the maturity of his team, he believes, will not let the Falcons have a letdown this Friday night when Monroe County visits Metcalfe County.

The Falcons opened the season last week with a 12-0 victory at Franklin-Simpson against a Wildcat team that reached last year’s state championship game. And by all accounts, Monroe County played very well and came away with the victory.

But Petett knows that if his players take the Metcalfe County Hornets, currently 0-1, too lightly, if they put too much emphasis on the Hornets’ shutout loss at Barren County last week, his team could, very possibly, be in for a rude awakening.

“We’re feeling pretty good about the win last week, but we’ve got a lot of work to do. Defensively I think we played very well,” said Petett. “The effort was there, they played with passion and I was very pleased with that.

“We’re not worried about a letdown on Friday. We had such a wakeup call for what we have to do to get ready each and every week when we scrimmaged Wayne County two weeks ago, and I think with that game waking us up, we understand that this is another week we get to play high school football. No matter the opponent, we know we have to get better in all phases of the game and we’ve got to come out and play as hard as we can.”

And the effort will have to be there again on Friday as the Hornets have the potential and talent to put a lot of points on the board. Quarterback Ty McMurtrey leads the Hornets with a backfield that includes Kyle Bryant at tailback and Cole Shive at fullback.

“McMurtrey is a good, solid quarterback. I have known of him for some time and he’s a competitor,” said Petett. “Kyle Bryant is a very hard-nosed running back and you can’t forget about Cole Shive.

“Those three guys can pose some problems for you because they’re going to do what they do very disciplined and very well. We have to be ready to tackle and hang on to them.”

One advantage for the Falcons as they prepare for the battle against the Hornets is along the offensive and defensive lines.

Monroe County has more experience and size than Metcalfe County and the Falcons could use that advantage on both sides of the ball.

“We feel like we’ve got the edge on the offensive and defensive lines. That’s something we need to utilize,” said Petett.

“Our offensive line really came to play last Friday against Franklin and I was really pleased with that. We feel like upfront we should have the advantage.

“We’re going to try and establish the run and then throw the ball around a little bit. And with our size advantage, we should be able use that as a positive. We’re also going to try and use the running game  in the spread offense.

“We’re going to spread them out and hopefully open up some lanes with the fullback and Chad out on the edge.”

Petett said last week’s victory over Franklin-Simpson had a big impact on his team.

“Getting the win at Franklin-Simpson was a huge confidence builder for us,” Petett relayed.

“We didn’t know what to expect out of those guys, with a new coach. Getting that win was almost a sigh of relief for us. The kids have had pressure on them since the end of last season with the high expectations.

“We’re going to build off that confidence and we’re excited about going to Metcalfe Co. Friday 1-0.”

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