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Column: Highlanders face toughest task this Friday

Photo by Tori Roberts

By JD McKay

This Friday the Highlanders will face their toughest task of the season, and his name is Romeo Langford. As well as Langford, New Albany boasts two other Division I recruits, senior Sean East and sophomore Julien Hunter.

The Highlanders come into the game ranked 15, and New Albany is ranked number one. Floyd comes in having won its first three games. New Albany has also won its first three games.  

The Highlanders have three keys to success to dethrone the Bulldogs.

The first will be rebound. Rebounding is every team’s key to success but particularly against New Albany. Langford will be getting a lot of attention, I expect him to be double teamed most of the night. Having two guys on one leaves one of New Albany’s other four to get rebounds. Rebounds will be difficult to come by, but second chance points will kill the Highlanders.

The next key is three pointers. Against Christian Academy and Clarksville, the Highlanders shot a combined 1 for 21 from the three-point line. However, last Friday against Castle they shot a respectable 5 for 12 from beyond the arc. To win, that mark will need to hit a season high.

The last key to success is Langford. Langford is the best senior basketball player in Indiana, and averaging just under 40 points per game. Langford dropping 40 Friday night will make Floyd winning nearly impossible. But, keeping Langford under 20 points should make a difference. In last season’s sectional championship game Langford had 16 points and entered the fourth quarter in a tied game (New Albany won by 16). Another effective strategy is to get Langford in foul trouble. Langford in early foul trouble could give the Highlanders the chance they need to take an early lead.

Bottom Line- The Highlanders have already had one tough game against Castle, which should prepare them for another tough game against New Albany. Floyd’s seniors will be seeking revenge following last season’s loss in sectionals and at New Albany. Langford playing like he has earlier this season will result in a blow out. Friday’s game will either end in a buzzer beater as it did two years ago or a blowout like last season. Score- 51-50 Highlanders

To get tickets, visit athletic director Jeff Cerqueira’s office on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are five dollars with a limit of five tickets.

Expected Starting Five

Floyd Central New Albany
Matt Wiemer Sean East
Gabe Shireman Romeo Langford
Cobie Barnes Julien Hunter
Luke Gohmann Derrick Stevenson
Brendon Hobson Trey Hourigan

 

Local school construction continues

Photos by Tori Roberts

This photo gallery connects to our construction story that will be in tomorrow’s paper.

Highlanders face Columbus East tonight for sectional championship

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.  

FC celebrates homecoming with victory against Bedford

Photos by Tori Roberts