Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY


August 30, 2012

Tough test

Falcons hope to contain Warren East's speed

GLASGOW — The Monroe County Falcons have had a pretty good start to the 2012 football season. The Falcons opened the year with an impressive 12-0 victory at Franklin-Simpson. They followed that with a multiple-touchdown performance from Chad Wilson in a 48-21 victory over Metcalfe County.

Heck, the Falcons even earned a No. 9 ranking this week in the first Kentucky High School Athletic Association Class 3A Football Poll.

But head coach John Petett knows all of that doesn’t mean anything if the Falcons aren’t prepared for Friday night’s game. Monroe County will open the home part of its schedule with undefeated Warren East. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

“Warren East has athletes all over the field, at every position. They’re very good up front and they have about six or seven guys that can take it to the house every time they touch the ball,” said Petett. “We’re going to have to be very sound, very disciplined on defense.

“We’re going to have to stop the run and the pass. With most teams, you can sell out for one or the other, but with Warren East, you can’t sell out. We have to be ready to defend the run and the pass. We have our work cut out for us.”

The Raiders will offer the Falcons multiple looks on offense and Warren East will give several players a chance to carry the ball. The Monroe County defense will need to keep an eye on Khyree Boards, Tony Brajas, Eli Brown, Tyler Maxwell and Marlyne Walton, who have combined for 216 rushing yards.

“I think, on defense, you have to be ready to play your position when you play Warren East,” Petett said. “You can’t be worried about what the guy beside you is doing. You have to play your position to the best of your ability. And then hope that you can make that play that turns the game around.”

The Falcons’ offense, which has generated a lot of points so far this season in two victories, could be challenged to reach the endzone against the stingy Warren East defense. So far this year, the Raiders have given up only 10 points.

“They will give you multiple fronts to look at on defense and that is based on what formation you come out in,” Petett explained.

“But we’re going to just do what we do and that’s run the football. We want to open up some alleys for our wide receivers, if we can. We’re going to put the ball in Chad Wilson’s hands and hopefully be able to run the inside, outside option with (Jacob) Hodges in there. The bottom line is we’re going to try and pound it right at them.”

And so far, the Falcons have gotten some much need help from the tailback and fullback positions. Hodges is the big gun in the backfield and he leads the pack behind Wilson with the aid of Carlton Huff, Jordan Phillips, Tanner Strode and Caleb Veach.

“Tanner Strode set the school record for the longest touchdown run last Friday with a 96-yard scamper to the endzone,” Petett said.

“He can give us good nights back there. He is switching out with Carlton Huff. Those two are doing a good job and they’re going to get better as the season goes along.

“This is going to be a challenge for them on Friday night because they’re going to be matched against a team with a lot of defensive speed. We have to be smart and take what the defense gives us.”

And Petett said don’t be surprised if, when two very good teams like Warren East and Monroe County get together, if Friday’s contest doesn’t come down to special teams.

“I think the play of special teams elevates itself in a game like this because Warren East possesses so much speed,” said Petett, whose team diligently practices special teams throughout a week of practice.

“We’re going to have to watch where we kick it to, the angle of the punt. Warren East blocks so well that they really try to get after a punt when you’re punting. So, we’re going to work hard on special teams. For us, it’s just another phase of the game where we’re going to have to be at the top of our game to win. And hopefully we will be on Friday night.”

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