Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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September 6, 2012

Bitter taste

Falcons looking to regroup with win against BCHS

GLASGOW — A 26-18 loss last week at home to Warren East has left a bitter taste in the mouths of coach John Petett and the Monroe County Falcons. For four quarters last Friday night, Monroe County battled toe-to-toe with the Raiders and matched them play for play.

But time ran out on the Falcons as Monroe County couldn’t hold on for the victory and came out on the short end of the scoreboard. Now, the Falcons, eager to get back on the winning track, must try and regroup against a 1-2 Barren County team that, despite the record, hasn’t been playing too badly.

“They’re a good football team and they played two great halves, the first halves of each of their last two ballgames. In the second half of each of those games, they were a little snake bit,” said Petett. “Other than that, they run the ball very well and they throw the ball around very well. If you take those two second halves away, they’re right there.

“They’re very dangerous. They’re looking to atone for losses in the last two games, so they’re going to come out ready to play Friday and we’re going to have to have our game face on. We’ve got to be ready to play a very hungry football team.”

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Trojans will go into the game looking for some answers after dropping back-to-back games to Warren East and Glasgow. In each of the games, Barren County was in striking distance until late in the second half. Petett believes the Trojans’ record is not indicative of what kind of team they are.

“(Barren County quarterback) Josh Durham is a very good football player. And Logan Rich runs the ball very hard,” Petett said. “Dalton Bush is a very good football player and Barren County blocks very well up front. We’re doing a good job against the run right now, and we’re going to have to keep that up on Friday

“However, we’ve got to come up with some turnovers in the secondary. We have to make them throw the perfect pass. We have to be in position and we have to make it tough on them. Hopefully, our ends keep the pressure on Durham. He’s the key we’re focusing on this week. Hopefully, we can contain him.

“We don’t want to let him get out of pocket. When he gets out of pocket, he’s a very good quarterback because he can throw well on the run. If we can contain him, he will have to throw over his offense and our defense and that makes it a little bit tougher to be accurate.”

The Falcons come into the game with a 2-1 slate with their only loss last Friday night against Warren East. Monroe County has been running the ball very well on the feet of Chad Wilson and Jacob Hodges. But Petett wants to develop the “Falcon Air Force” a little better so that it takes some pressure off the running game.

“Warren East dominated the air and we dominated the ground,” Petett explained. “It just came down to we made too many mistakes.

“We’re struggling right now with our pass defense and our pass offense. We saw a lot of things we have to work on and we still have some time this week to work on correcting those mistakes. We’re working on little things and they’re very fixable.”

Hopefully for the Falcons, those little things will be fixed perfectly before Friday’s contest.

“We have to develop the passing game for our team in general. We have to have something offensively besides Jacob Hodges and Chad Wilson running the ball,” the coach said.

“We have good receivers and good running backs, we’re just having trouble getting them open or getting the football to them. We’re going to try and establish that one, two punch with Jacob and Chad on Friday. But we also need to be able to pass the ball, so that we’re effective not only Friday night but for the rest of the season.”

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