Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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August 7, 2012

Tough road

Hornets prepare for gridiron battle every Friday

GLASGOW — For Freddie Harbison things are going pretty well. The first-year football coach at Metcalfe County High School has been very pleased with the effort he’s seen from his players during the first couple of weeks of preseason training.

The work ethic has been tremendous, Harbison said, and the players seem to be picking up his scheme pretty well on both sides of the ball. However, with less than two weeks to go before the Hornets open the season, Harbison said there’s still a lot of work to do. The Hornets are a work in progress.

“There is a lot of stuff that still needs to be put in, but I have always thought it was best to get the basics in first and then build on that as the year goes on. I like to add as we go through the season,” said Harbison. “On offense, we’re not as far as I would like to be physically. I would like to have a team that is physical on offense. I want an offense that’s going to beat up the defense. Defensively, we want to be able to create turnovers. We would rather our offense have good field position instead of having to drive 80 yards on every play.”

Harbison won’t have to wait long to see just where his team stands as the Hornets will kick off the 2012 season against Barren County in the T.J. Samson Bowl on Aug. 18 at Barren County High School.

“We open the season with Barren County and that’s going to be tough for us,” Harbison said. “They have a lot more students than we do, and they’re going to have more players. They’re a junior-senior dominated team so they’re probably going to be a little stronger than us. And they’re usually a pretty physical team, so that’s going to be a tough game.”

Then the Hornets will host Monroe County on Aug. 24 before traveling to Hart County on Aug. 31.

“Monroe County is going to be extremely good this year. They’re a really good 3A team and they’ve got Chad Wilson at quarterback,” Harbison said. “Hart County had an extremely good running back last year. I do know they graduated a lot of seniors so I am not sure what kind of team they will have.”

The Hornets will then host Logan County on Sept. 7, before hitting the road for two games at Warren East on Sept. 14 and at Clinton County on Sept. 21.

“Logan County graduated five really good players, so I don’t know a lot about what they have coming back. It is a big school, so I am sure they will have some athletes,” Harbison relayed.

“Warren East graduated some good kids last year, but they always have some good kids coming back again. I am not sure who they have coming back. And then we visit Clinton County.”

Three out of the Hornets’ last four football games are at home. Metcalfe County will host Green County on Sept. 27,

Glasgow on Oct. 19 and Caverna on Oct. 26. The Hornets’ final away game will be Oct. 12 at Casey County.

“Green County is going to be very good as always and, I am not sure what his name is, but Casey County has a very good running back,” Harbison explained.

“Glasgow is going to be very good and we’re going to give them everything we have. And the season finale is Caverna, so we’re looking to try and compete with them, too.”

Depth could be key for the Hornets. The Metcalfe County roster only numbers 27, so Harbison said keeping everyone healthy will be very important.

“I think it is easier to get the players pumped up this year because the guys can see the improvement we’re making. And they know that next year they’re even going to be better than they are this year,” Harbison said.

“They know we’ve got something to build on.

“One of the keys for us is we have to have some stability at the quarterback position. We’re not very deep along the offensive line, so we can’t afford an injury there. I believe we’re going to be a pretty good team. It is just going to take some maturity.”

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