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August 30, 2012

Wildcats hope to get back on track against Madison Southern

CORBIN — By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer

The Lynn Camp Wildcats gave up 338 yards on the ground to South Laurel last week in a 55-6 loss in the Cumberland Valley Bowl.

The good news for the Wildcats this week is that they’re back home where they won the first game of the season.

The bad news is Madison Southern is coming to town and the Eagles are bringing Division 1 prospect Damian Harris with them.

Harris, a 5-foot-10, 195 pound sophomore, ran for 742 yards and 11 touchdowns on 62 carries last season. He runs a 4.42 40-yard dash.

“This kid is all-world from what I’ve seen and he already has about five major schools offering him scholarships,” Lynn Camp coach Phil Russell said. “When you play against a couple of backs like they’ve got, you have to stay home on your assignments or they will gash you to death.”

The best news for the Wildcats may be the possibility of soggy field conditions come Friday evening. Russell said he would welcome the rain, as long as it allows the kids to play football.

“I would say, if it’s within the safety guidelines and the kids can play, that would be best for us,” he said. “I think that may go a long way in leveling the playing field for us and maybe slow him (Harris) down.”

While Lynn Camp came away on the losing end last week, Russell was quick to point out some positives from the game. He was proud of the way his team played to the final buzzer, but added that a few mental mistakes will have to be fixed come Friday.

“Our kids never quit and we couldn’t do some things that we normally do offensively,” Russell said. “Defensively, we did some good things early, but as the game wound down we had some silly penalties.”

Russell said when it comes down to it, the Wildcats will have to execute and play a mistake-free game if they hope to come out on top.

“We have to do the fundamental things well,” he said. “The two things we have to do if we want to win this thing is stop the run and limit our turnovers.”

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