Hounds focusing on playoffs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 23, 2008

FERRIDAY — Huntington has two games left to finish out the season, but they are not what the Hounds are focusing on.

Instead, Huntington is looking ahead toward the MPSA Class A playoffs, which start Nov. 7.

The Hounds lost their chance at the District 6 championship with a 33-12 loss to Glenbrook Academy, and the next two games, against Claiborne Academy and non-district foe Oak Forest Academy, will not hurt their playoff chances.

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“That’s what our focus is on,” coach Chad Harkins said. “Claiborne has lost several times. Even if they beat us, we’d still be the second-seed in district.”

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But in the meantime, Huntington does have a game this week, albeit against a 3-6 team.

The week is also Homecoming for the Hounds, an added distraction.

“We had a disappointing game last week,” Harkins said. “Hopefully they’ll take that as an incentive to come out hard this week.”

The Hounds stayed with Glenbrook through most of Friday’s game, and the score was 19-12 with nine minutes to go.

Huntington had to punt from Glenbrook’s 35-yard line and gave up a big scoring drive to fall behind further.

The last two touchdowns the Apaches scored came after holding the Hounds to their own 30-yard line.

“For three quarters and three minutes we played very well on defense against a good team. Even up to the point where it looked like we wouldn’t be able to come back and win, I was still proud of the way they played,” Harkins said. “But when they scored those last two touchdowns, we kind of just shut it down. I don’t think the kids had any hope left, and I was a little bit disappointed in that.”

The Hounds will have to turn it around and stop Claiborne’s running game, which Harkins said the Rebels use about 85 percent of the time.

“We usually do pretty well against that,” Harkins said. “Although Tallulah proved us wrong at that.”

On offense, the Hounds will go with the same game plan they used in the first nine games.

“We’re a running team,” Harkins said. “That’s what has got us this far and that’s what we’ll continue to do.”