Wildcats to rely on ground game against Harlan

The Lynn Camp Wildcats will be facing Harlan today in a district showdown. Game time is at 7:30 p.m. | Photo by Les Nicholson

Football is a game of inches, and that could not be truer for the Lynn Camp Wildcats this year.

The Wildcats are currently sitting at 2-4 on the season with their four losses coming over the course of their past four games. Two of those losses were by one point and another was by a touchdown, meaning the Wildcats are just three plays away from being 5-1 this season. Because of that, Allen Harris’ squad is still primed to make a run in district play as the season winds down.

Harris said that his squad has done a good job of not letting their record get the best of them and just staying focused on the next game. He said he is proud of their effort this season.

“I just keep reiterating that we are three or four plays from being 5-1,” said Harris. “I am really proud of our team. They have remained positive and just keep fighting to get better. Our season is far from over.”

This week Lynn Camp will face off against a Harlan Independent squad that came close to shutting down their season due to the lack of numbers on the roster. The Green Dragons currently have 18 players on the team, with just seven kids on the sideline while the game is in play.

Harris said this year’s Harlan team reminded him of when he first took over at Lynn Camp as the head coach and he also had 18 players on the team. Since, Harris has built the Wildcats back into a district contender and respectable program. Harris spoke of the struggles that small schools face when fielding a football team and how Harlan is handling it well.

“We are preparing for Harlan like we do any other team. Class A programs struggle from year to year trying to get their numbers up, some years are good and some are bad. I remember my first season here at Lynn Camp we only had 18 players the whole season like Harlan does this year,” said Harris. “But with that being said we aren’t overlooking any team. We have to focus on our goals and strive towards them. Harlan always gets up to play us no matter what their situation is. We just need to take care of the fundamentals, stop committing so many penalties, and play a solid game of football.”

The Wildcats will rely on their ground game against the Green Dragons, led by running backs Chase Brown and Jayden Dunn. Brown leads the team in rushing with 552 yards and six touchdowns on the year, followed by Dunn’s 328 yards and three touchdowns. The duo will be difficult for Harlan to handle on Friday, with the Green Dragons giving up close to 30 points per game.

No matter the opponent, Harris said that his team is always focused on themselves. They want to continue getting better each week. Many would say that Lynn Camp is in a bit of a rebuilding mode this season. They’ve been riddled with injuries and are playing a slew of underclassmen. But to Harris, this squad is playing as hard and working as hard as any he has had.

“I love that they keep fighting. This team has amazing tenacity and we continue to get better every week. Unfortunately injuries have plagued us this year,” said Harris. “We are also very young with as many freshmen and sophomores starting as juniors and seniors. But we continue to get better week after week.”

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