Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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August 3, 2012

Challenges

Caverna Colonels ready for season opener

GLASGOW — With just two weeks remaining before his team opens the 2012 football season, Caverna High School Football Coach Rodney Middleton is pretty happy with what he’s seeing in preseason practice.

There are some things he’s still focusing on. With only 22 players on his varsity roster, Middleton has to reiterate technique and fundamentals to his players because the Colonels don’t have a lot of room for error in personnel.

But confidence abounds in the Caverna football program and, Middleton said, that is something he wants his team to show every Friday night when they take the field.

The season will start on Aug. 17, when the Colonels play host to Eminence High School (9-2).

Caverna will follow that up with a trip to Columbia to face Adair County (4-6) on Aug. 24 and then hit the highway for a long road trip to face Heath High School (3-8) on Aug. 31.

“The only school we play this year that we don’t know anything about is Heath. They are in West Paducah and we don’t know anything about them at all,” said Middleton.

“We think they struggled a little bit last year, but that doesn’t mean much. They may come out this year and put up big numbers.

“We open the season with Eminence. We played them last year and they’re a lot like us. We take on Adair County in the second week. They started the season really well last year, but ended the season with some losses. We lost to them by two points last season and we actually had that game in our grasp.”

After the long bus ride to face Heath, the Colonels will come back and prepare for an away game with arch rival Hart County (6-5) on Sept. 7.

Caverna will then take on Clinton County (0-11) on the road on Sept. 14 before hosting South Warren (4-7) on Sept. 21.

“We go to Heath in the third week of the season and then we face Hart, our arch rival,” said Middleton.

“They beat up the scoreboard against us last year. They had a big squad and an outstanding running back. I think they graduated a lot last year, but you can throw records out the window when you play Hart County.

“Clinton County is another small school that’s struggled over the last few years. They’re rebuilding like us.  And then there’s South Warren. They’re listed as 3A, but they’re dressing 65 or 70 kids.”

And then, if the first six games of the season weren’t tough enough for the Colonels, Caverna closes out the campaign with home games against Bardstown Bethlehem (2-9) on Oct. 5 and Kentucky Country Day (9-3) on Oct. 19.

The Colonels final two away games of the season are at Louisville Holy Cross (11-2) on Oct. 12 and the season finale on Oct. 26 at Metcalfe County (2-9).

“And then you have your perennial powerhouses of Class A and two of them are in our district...Holy Cross and Kentucky Country Day,” said Middleton.

“They are in the Top 5 every year. You know Holy Cross is bigger, faster, stronger, but you have to control the clock against them and not let their offense on the field.

“Bethlehem and KCD are both very good teams. And then we close the season with Metcalfe County. I know Freddie Harbison is taking over as coach for his brother, Larry. Freddie knows football and he was at Metcalfe County when Larry had the big run of successful seasons. I wouldn’t really expect anything different from Freddie than what Larry did with that team.”

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