District title on line for HHS
Published 12:04 am Friday, October 19, 2007
FERRIDAY — The District 6-A title will be up for grabs when Huntington hosts Glenbrook Friday night in Ferriday.
Huntington and Glenbrook share identical 6-2 overall records but the Hounds are 6-0 in district play while Glenbrook comes in with a 5-1 district record.
“The players know what is at stake this week,” Huntington coach Chad Harkins said. “If we win, it basically gives us the district and the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. It is a huge game for both us and them.”
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After rolling over an overmatched Tallulah team last Friday by a 47-7 score, Harkins said his team has had an outstanding week of practice leading up to the season’s biggest game so far.
“Last week with the homecoming game, it was kind of slow,” Harkins said. “But we’ve had one of our best practice weeks of the year. They’ve worked hard since Monday and are very focused.”
In order to defeat Glenbrook, the Hounds will have to slow down an offense that is averaging almost 35 points per game. The Apaches have scored 38 or more points in four of their eight games, including 46 in a 53-46 loss to River Oaks two weeks ago.
Glenbrook defeated Franklin 38-0 last Friday.
“They throw the ball real well and run it too,” Harkins said. “They have a lot of kids back from last year’s team. They can definitely put up points and some big numbers. It will be a tough team for us to beat.”
The Apaches are led by running back Jack Jiles and quarterbacks Jake Byrd and Hunter Leppert.
Glenbrook used multiple offensive sets, with Byrd usually running the pro style and I back sets while Leppert will operate out of the spread formation.
“They mix it up real well,” Harkins said. “It will be a challenge for our defense to be able to stop them.”
Huntington uses mostly a rushing attack with tailbacks Jody Cottongin, Josh Lee and Martez Tolliver, but the offensive key to Friday’s game might be the passing of quarterback Chuck Bowie.
“We’ll try to stick with the things we do best, which is run the ball,” Harkins said. “But hopefully we can mix it up and do different things. We’ve been throwing the ball more in recent weeks which has kept the defenders off the line of scrimmage and helps our run game.”
Harkins expects to find out if his team has what it takes to go deep in the playoffs during Friday’s game.
“This should be a great game between the top two teams in the district,” Harkins said. “This is a tell-tale game for us.”