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HBHS physicality prospers, ready for Isabella

Published 9:02am Wednesday, September 19, 2012

By most accounts, Horseshoe Bend High School played their most physical game in recent memory last week in a 31-14 win over region private school opponent Montgomery Academy.
The Generals (2-1) will follow up that game with their first road test of the 2012 season when they take on Isabella High School this coming Friday night in Maplesville.
“I’ve told our guys that it doesn’t matter where we play, we are going to line up and play good physical football,” said HBHS head coach Jason Franklin, whose squad is 2-1 for the first time since the 2009 season.
“We take our games one week at a time and I don’t see it as any different besides throwing all of our stuff on a bus.
“We are still going to line up between the lines Friday night and get after it.”
Horseshoe Bend is averaging 39.3 points per game offensively so far this season and is poised to make a run at a playoff spot or perhaps even a Class 2A Region 5 title this season.
The Generals are led by one of the most dynamic players in the local area in senior athlete Cory Battle, who leads the local area in rushing with 581 yards on 68 carries through the first three games, along with 109 yards receiving and nine total touchdowns.
“Cory is having a good year, but we’ve got some kids that are making plays out of the backfield for us,” said Franklin referring to senior runningback Luke Holt, junior runningback Damien Milliner and quarterback Chase Cheaney.
“Luke (Holt) and Damien (Milliner) run hard and Chase (Cheaney) has never been too great running the ball, but he has gotten better with that this year.”
Horseshoe Bend will look to translate their physical game to Friday night at Isabella, as the Mustangs run a Notre Dame box offensively.
“We haven’t ever seen this offense here, so we’re just getting ready to defend it as a coaching staff and as a team,” Franklin said.
“I think that we’ll find that our kids are up for the challenge and want to go out and get another region victory.”
HBHS and Isabella are set for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday night in Maplesville.

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