By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
Most high school teams in the Commonwealth started their district schedules last week, but for the Lynn Camp Wildcats, the new season starts now, both literally and figuratively speaking.
That's what head coach Phil Russell is preaching to his team this week anyway. With a home game against district rival Berea this week, there's no time like the present to make the best of a situation.
“We've taken the week off to really get back to basics and back to what we call 'Hit Men' football,” Russell said. “It was actually more like a camp atmosphere with some of the things we worked on in trying to get back to basics and back to trying to win football games.
“I feel like we're through the tough part of our schedule and now that we're back to playing 1A football teams, we've got a shot at winning some games,” he added.
That may be true, but it won't be easy from the word go. Berea Pirates come in with an identical 2-4 record on the season, but comparing offensive and defensive scoring, the Wildcats will have their hands full.
Lynn Camp is averaging just 12.6 points per game offensively, while giving up 36.5 ppg, while Berea has scored at a rate of 28 ppg and allowed 26 ppg on the defensive side of things. With that said, Russell said he feels like the game could go either way if you go by the numbers.
“I went and scouted Berea when they played Paris and they just rolled over them,” he said. “They can come in here and do that to us if we allow it to happen.
“I also feel like we can open things up on them if we stay balanced in our offense,” he added. “We have to be able to come out and play the way we did in the first game of the season against East Ridge. I felt like we could've been ahead 50-0 in that game at halftime, but if we can go up 33-0 at half in this one I'll be tickled.”
The best part about the week off for the Wildcats may have been the idea of giving the players a little time off to get refocused on the task at hand for every football team this time of year and that's winning district football games. Russell said he thinks his team may have been overwhelmed by the type of schedule they played early in the season.
“When you have to prepare for teams that are so different in style like a South Laurel that will throw the ball everywhere and the a Whitley County who can run the ball anywhere, it takes a toll,” Russell said.
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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