By JD McKay
Tonight the Highlanders will attempt to redeem themselves after a 55-7 loss earlier this season against the Columbus East Olympians. Entering this sectional championship game, FC has won four straight since being thumped by East, including two straight wins over rival New Albany.
While losing by 48 points sounds bad, players and coaches believe there were some positive points in the game.
Senior fullback and linebacker Zach Rodgers said that the Highlanders played defense well at the beginning of the game, forcing two fourth downs against East on their first two drives.
Tonight, FC will change the approach used last time they played East.
“We’ll blitz a little bit more, we’ll be a little more aggressive and not sit back. We’ll try to dictate what their offense does, not let them do that to us, and change our coverages a little bit,” said assistant coach Alan Hess.
Two main improvements are needed to win this week: stopping East’s senior running back Jamon Hogan, and moving the ball on offense.
In their last bout, Hogan had 163 yards and two touchdowns to power East’s offense.
Hess said FC needs to tackle Hogan better to beat East.
The Highlanders double tight-end formation was successful in the second half, and that could be key to a Highlander win tonight.
“We need to run the ball down their throat, and get yardage every play, and get first downs,” said senior running back and defensive end Jason Cundiff.
According to Hess, tonight’s keys to success are “maintaining our gaps, playing with incredible passion, and pursue like wild banshees.”
Bottom Line- This incredibly talented East team will make winning Floyd’s third sectional, and second under head coach Brian Glesing, incredibly difficult. However, because of senior leaders, and players that believe they can win, this might be the team to finally beat the seemly invincible Hoosier Hills Conference powerhouse.