Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Sports

September 7, 2012

Heated rivalry

Caverna ready for shot at Hart Co.

GLASGOW — Rodney Middleton, the head football coach at Caverna High School, knew progress with his team would take some time this year. The Colonels’ first-year coach knew it would take time for the players to catch on to his system and begin to live up to their potential.

Caverna travels to face arch rival Hart County this Friday night and the Colonels will be going into the game off of what their coach called their best outing of the year, a 33-24 loss at Heath.

“I have seen a lot of fight in my players, ever since the first game of the season. We’re a better team than the way we’ve been playing,” Middleton said. “We were down 33-8 at the half last week at Heath and my speech to them in the locker room was about how I am tough on them.

“But I talked with them about the potential they have and I told them I wasn’t seeing that potential on the field. I told them to go out in the second half and show me what they were made of. And they did it. I think they grew up a lot last week against Heath. I watched a group of young men that believe in themselves. And I am hoping that spirit rolls over this week.”

The Colonels’ game at Hart County is set to begin at 7 p.m.

The Hart County Raiders, traditionally one of the stronger programs in Class 3A, have been struggling lately and will go into Friday’s battle with a 1-2 record. The Raiders opened the season with a victory over Breckinridge County. However, Hart County has lost the last two games to Fort Knox and Metcalfe County.

“Hart County usually has a very dominant team, but I think they may be a little down this year. We match up pretty well against them even though we’re a smaller school,” Middleton said. “They’ve got a couple of good horses we will have to watch out for.”

Quarterback Seth Thompson ignites the Raiders on offense. He is joined in the backfield by seniors Chris Bradley and Lamar Morrison.

Hart County is averaging 23 points per game on offense.

Middleton made a big personnel change last week to try and spark the Colonels.

He moved senior tailback Aaron Reed to quarterback.

“We moved Aaron Reed from the tailback position to the quarterback position. He was frustrated at first, but I think he is a silent leader and can really help this team,” Middleton said. “He leads with his play. The kids responded to him in the second half last week and I thought he commanded the game well.”

But if the rivalry wasn’t enough, Middleton said he hasn’t forgotten last year’s game, a 66-20 victory by Hart County.

“I feel like they ran up the score. We were down 60-20 with four or five seconds left to go in the game. We kicked off and he lateraled back to his big fullback and he ran it in for a touchdown. So they ended up winning 66-6,” Middleton said.

“It is hard to explain this rivalry. I went to Caverna and it is just deep inside me. I don’t even think you have to attend the school. It should be pretty fiesty on Friday night.”

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