Huntington tries to get over loss

Published 11:35 pm Tuesday, October 23, 2007

FERRIDAY— The Huntington Hounds are foaming at the mouth to get over last week’s 16-12 loss to Glenbrook as they hit the road to take on the Claiborne Rebels Friday at 7 p.m.

The Hounds (6-3) are currently second in District 6-A. They can still claim first with a win and Glenbrook loss.

“Our focus is staying healthy and getting to the dance,” Huntington head coach Chad Harkins said.

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Harkins said turnovers and penalties were the things that cost them the game last week.

“We have talked about getting better this week,” Harkins said. “Turnovers have been a problem all year for us. We can’t continue to do that.”

The Rebels will see a different offensive look from the Hounds this week.

“We are going to try to run everything out of the shotgun this week,” Harkins said. “We had some success doing that against Glenbrook.”

Running back Jody Cottongin will take some snaps at quarterback, Harkins said.

Huntington’s run game is a concern for Claiborne head coach Tommy Reder.

“We have to find a way to tackle their backs,” Reder said. “We don’t match up well with them. They are a good team.”

Harkins said he wanted his team to get into a rhythm early this week and limit their mistakes.

The Hounds’ defense will face an inconsistent Claiborne offense.

“We’ve had no consistency all season,” Reder said. “We are going to try to run our plays and make something happen.”

Harkins said he felt good about how his defense would do against the Rebels.

“Our defense matches up well against the run,” he said. “They should give the offense a chance to score more.”