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I'm a high school journalism and English teacher at Floyd Central High School in Southern Indiana. My interests include reading, writing, literacy, politics, the media, issues of faith, and IU basketball...basically, I'll blog about anything and everything. I'm an independent thinker. I respect all viewpoints and opinions and value reasonable discourse and learning about others. I have been a proud public school educator all of my life. The purpose of my blog is to support scholastic journalism, promote literacy and civic engagement, and explore the social, political, and policy issues impacting education.

Highlanders face Columbus East in significant conference game tonight

Photo by Taylor Watt

By JD McKay

Tonight the Highlanders will face their toughest foe this season. Floyd is ranked fifteenth going into the game and the Columbus East Olympians are ranked ninth in 5A, according to Maxpreps.com. The Olympians have dominated the football history winning 25 of 40 games and have not lost to the Highlanders since 2003.

This season, the team has been hit hard with injuries, particularly in their offensive line. They have lost both starting guards Reid Suer and Jarrett Laduke to torn ACLs and backup Tyler Milliner to ligament damage in his thumb.

Aside from injuries, they have four first-year offensive linemen.

“I’m expecting us to fire out as usual, and even though we don’t have the size advantage I know that we are fast and have got our plays down,” said returning starter Clay Miller.

However, the FC offensive backs think they have the keys to success this week.

“We need to run hard this week, and don’t let one guy tackle you,” said senior fullback Zack Rodgers.

Led by Jason Cundiff’s 376 yards and 9 touchdowns, the Highlanders have the right backs to get the job done. Floyd’s defense will have to step up to win this week.

“I put it on our defense. We need our linebackers  to read the ball very well, we need our d-line to do a great job getting hands on people, and our defensive backs to keep the ball in front of them,” said defensive coordinator Alan Hess.

Rodgers reiterated Hess’ point about how important the defense will be.

“Wrap up, and just make plays. You can’t wait for the running back or receiver to get to you, you’ve got to meet them at the line of scrimmage,” said Rodgers.

A Highlander win should mean Floyd wins conference, ending East’s dominance in the Hoosier Hills Conference. Not to mention handing the Olympians their first loss since 2006 to a team in the conference.

Bottom Line- Due to a young offensive line, points for the Highlanders will not come as easily as they did against Providence. For Floyd to beat East, their defense will need to step up big time. If the game gets out of hand, it will not be good for the Highlanders, but in a defensive showdown, the Highlanders seem to have the upper-hand.

 

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Floyd defeats Jeff 71-70

Sophomore Conner Sturgeon recovers the ball and scores on a layup for the Highlanders. Photo by Noble Guyon.
Sophomore Conner Sturgeon recovers the ball and scores on a layup for the Highlanders. Photo by Noble Guyon.
Junior JC Kinnaird looks for an open teammate to pass the ball as a Jeffersonville player attempts to block him. Photo by Noble Guyon.
Junior JC Kinnaird looks for an open teammate to pass the ball as a Jeffersonville player attempts to block him. Photo by Noble Guyon.
Junior JC Kinnaird goes for a layup during the Floyd Central vs. Jeffersonville game last Friday. The Highlanders went on to defeat the Red Devils 71-70. Photo by Noble Guyon.
Junior JC Kinnaird goes for a layup during the Floyd Central vs. Jeffersonville game last Friday. The Highlanders went on to defeat the Red Devils 71-70. Photo by Noble Guyon.
Junior Myles Ervin rushes past two Jeff players to attempt a basket. Photo by Noble Guyon.
Junior Myles Ervin rushes past two Jeff players to attempt a basket. Photo by Noble Guyon.
Senior Zane Nichols recovers the ball and rushes the basket to score two points for the Highlanders. Photo by Noble Guyon.
Senior Zane Nichols recovers the ball and rushes the basket to score two points for the Highlanders. Photo by Noble Guyon.

FC Marching Band goes to state

4:37 a.m. FC marching band does a run through of the show before leaving to Indianapolis.
4:37 a.m. FC marching band does a run through of the show before leaving to Indianapolis.

4:41 a.m. Getting on the buses before they depart for Indianapolis at 5 o' clock.
4:41 a.m. The marching band gets on the buses before they depart for Indianapolis.
7:46 a.m. After a two hour drive FC marching band arrives at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
7:46 a.m. After a two-hour drive FC marching band arrives at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
8:07 a.m. After parked, the band gets on the trailer to get their uniforms to change back on the bus.
8:07 a.m. After parking, the band gets on the trailer to get their uniforms to change back on the bus.
9:15 a.m. After the band is in uniform, they get into formation to head to physical warm-ups.
9:15 a.m. After the band is in uniform, they get into formation to head to physical warm-ups.

9:37 a.m. FC marching band does physical exercises one hour before the performance.9:37 a.m. FC marching band does physical exercises one hour before the performance.

10 a.m. FC Marching band does musical warm-ups 40 minutes before playing on the football field.
10 a.m. FC marching band does musical warm-ups 40 minutes before playing on the football field.
10:20 a.m. The Pit arrives on the sideline to prepare to set up after DeKalb High School finish performing.
10:20 a.m. The Pit arrives on the sideline to prepare to set up after DeKalb High School finish performing.
10:40 a.m. Time for performance. The marching band runs a nine minute show to compete for the top ten in State Finals.
10:40 a.m. The marching band runs a nine minute show to compete for the top 10 in state finals.
11:25 a.m. After performing sophomore Phoenix-Grace Lackey and Chris Harbeson sit with the band watching the rest of the bands perform for State Finals.
11:25 a.m. After performing sophomores Phoenix-Grace Lackey and Chris Harbeson sits with the band watching the rest of the bands perform for state finals.
12:14 p.m. IT's time for awards. The band stands in a block on the Colts football field to wait for the announcement for placement.
12:14 p.m. The band stands in a block on the Colts football field to wait for the announcement for placement.
12:42 p.m. After hearing the band place 6th place, field commander Sloane Lewis lead the band back to the buses carrying the sixth place trophy.
12:42 p.m. After hearing the band place 6th place, field commander Sloane Lewis leads the band back to the buses carrying the sixth place trophy.

1:35 p.m. The bands packs up and leave for home, can't wait to be back.
1:35 p.m. The band packs up and leaves for home.
4:11 p.m. Waiting on the semi, the band gets together watching the last performance of the year. Afterwards band director Harold Yankey gives a speech on how proud he is of the band and of the season.
4:11 p.m. Waiting on the semi that broke on the way home, the band gets together watching the last performance of the year. Afterwards band director Harold Yankey gives a speech on how proud he is of the band and of the season.
4:55 p.m. After a truck break down, the semi arrives after everyone else has. The Pit Crew dads unload the truck of instruments and props to end the day and the marching band season.
4:55 p.m. After a new semi is attached to the trailer, the semi arrives. The Pit Crew dads unload the truck of instruments and props to end the day and the marching band season. Photos and captions by Jonathan Blaylock and Brad Hunt.