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August 15, 2013

Ready to go

Russell's Wildcats will face tough test today against Harlan


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By Les Dixon / Sports Editor

Lynn Camp coach Phil Russell calls today’s scrimmage against Class A regional foe Harlan a “dress rehearsal” with hopes of seeing his young Wildcats turn in a good showing before their season-opener next Friday against Powell County in the Pioneer Bowl.

Lynn Camp will square-off against the Green Dragons in two 15-minute halves with hopes of seeing his team come out with a lot of positives.

“That’s what we are wanting,” he said. “We know we’re going to make some mistakes, but the big thing that I want to see out of my team is if the effort is there. I want to see us flying to the ball.”

Even though it is his team’s only scrimmage before regular season play, don’t expect to see Russell and his coaching staff give away too much of what they will do on offense and defense this season.

Why?

Both teams will meet up in Week Three at Mitchell Field in regular season play.

“We don’t want to show them much, and I’m sure they don’t want to show us much either,” Russell laughed. “We do play each other in the regular season and it’s our first game against a region team. We do four or five different things on offense and you’ll see a lot of that (today), but we are going to try and keep it simple.

“Don’t expect us to pull out all of the tricks,” he added. “We basically want to see what our kids can do. With all of the new faces we have, I know we’ll make some mistakes and I want the kids to know this is just a scrimmage, so we’ll see what we can learn from this.”

Even though it’s a scrimmage, Russell said he and his players are ready to get things going.

“We’re all anxious,” he admitted. “We’re going to bring out our new uniforms tomorrow. We’ve got our white shirts, black pants, and our new black helmets ready to go.”

So what does Russell expect out of a Harlan team that many consider is rebuilding after going 6-6 last season.

“I believe they are rebuilding,” he said. “But I have the utmost respect of Coach (J.B.) Donahue. He gets everything he’s got out of his players. He does a fantastic job with his team each and every year.

“To be honest, they are a team you can’t overlook,” Russell added. “He’s going to have talent and he’s going to have three or four athletic players that can hurt you, so we’ve got to be ready. When we play them, you can always expect the game is going to physical. It’s going to be a good trip over there and we’re going to get to play at Harlan County. It’s the SEKC Grid-O-Rama, so I expect it to be a good atmosphere for everyone that comes.”