Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Sports

August 30, 2012

Disciplined

Hornets' defense to be tested by Hart County

GLASGOW — The Metcalfe County Hornets opened their football season against two very good football teams, 5A Barren County and 3A Monroe County.

And although he’s been pleased with some of the things he’s seen from his team this year, first-year head coach Freddie Harbison said some work needs to be done before Friday.

“I have been pretty pleased with the effort the guys have shown so far this season,” Harbison said.

“However, while we were watching game film for the Monroe County game, I got on the guys because we didn’t do things in that game that disciplined teams do.

“Monroe County ran the option and we saw on the film where not everyone did what they were suppose to do. There were breakdowns where certain players maybe tried to help on the fullback when they were suppose to be tackling the quarterback. Or someone might have been tackling the quarterback when they were suppose to be on the fullback. The effort was there, but the guys weren’t disciplined as to how we were doing it. I hope that’s because we’re very young.”

Harbison hopes he gets all the kinks worked out before the Hornets travel to face Hart County on Friday. The game is slated for 7 p.m.

Hart County comes into the contest with a record of 1-1. The Raiders thumped Breckinridge County 45-6 in the season opener, but dropped a 27-6 decision to Fort Knox last Friday night. The offense is centered on senior quarterback Seth Thompson.

“They’ve got some good kids in the backfield with a lot of speed,” said Harbison. “Hart County basically runs out of the Wing-T and sometimes they will be in the gun. They will try to get you in a little misdirection, and if your linebacker and safeties aren’t disciplined, they start running to the wrong spots. It is an offense that requires the defense has to be disciplined.”

Harbison said Hart County’s defense can be imposing, but he said he’s seen some good things out of his own offense.

“For me, I like an offense that is balanced. You need to be able to run the ball and throw the ball,” said Harbison. “Hart County will run a 4-3, cover 2 defense, which is a lot like what we run. They’re defense is counting on their ability to stop you.

“But I think (quarterback) Ty (McMurtrey) has shown a lot of improvement from the Barren County game to the Monroe County game. He was more patient in the pocket last week. Hopefully, we can connect on a few more passes this week.”

Harbison said his team will get better with time, improving in some facet of the game each and every week. And that’s a good thing for the Hornets because Metcalfe County opens district play on Sept. 21 at Clinton County.

“As we get ready for district play, we’ve got to be better at blocking, and not just the offensive line,” Harbison explained. “Our backfield is not blocking very well and the receivers are missing blocks for each other. We have to get better at that.”

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