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Generals plan to ground Eagles

Published 10:06am Wednesday, September 11, 2013

After a spirited effort versus Class 2A No. 7 Reeltown this past Friday, the Horseshoe Bend Generals (1-1) are in good spirits as they prepare for a road test at Montgomery Academy this Friday.
Generals coach Jason Franklin said that in spite of the loss suffered at the hands of the Rebels, the team has remained positive in the days following the game.
“Our kids have responded well,” Franklin said. “We had a great Monday, and so far practice this week has gone well. Last week (in preparing for Reeltown), we didn’t have a good Tuesday, and that one day may have cost us. If you’re not great every day and getting better every day, it will show on the field.”
The Generals’ defense will have a tough task ahead of them, as they attempt to slow down the Eagles’ offense. Franklin said Montgomery Academy’s backfield could pose a problem for Horseshoe Bend.
“Their quarterback is athletic, and he throws the ball well,” Franklin said. “We think that he and their running back are the two main threats. We have to contain them and get off the field on third down.”
However, the Generals will receive a boost to their defense as linebacker Isac Holt is expected to play for the first time this season.
“He’s going to dress, and we expect him to be 100 percent,” Franklin said. “His return gives us some much needed depth defensively, as we’ve dealt with some injuries early on.”
Additionally, the offense will be called upon to chew the clock with long-running possessions.
“We have to sustain drives,” Franklin said. “We did that a little bit last week, but we have to do so more consistently this week. We’re a spread team, but we like to run the ball to set up our passing, so establishing a ground game early on is a big deal for us.”
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday night at Montgomery Academy.